So by now you’ve heard of the new update to iBooks and the new iBooks Author. There has been a lot of hand-wringing and complaining on both sides. As I’ve recently published a iBooks formatting guide, here are my thoughts. Now, as of this writing, I’m still trying to download the iBooks Author app so I can’t do a direct comparison (I’m sure it will be easier than using iTunes Connect but your level of control over the look of the document will be the deciding factor). Things you should know – iBooks Author is for Macs running Lion only. No PCs, no Macs with Snow Leopard. This is a bit limiting. Plus, the tool is really designed to create textbooks for the iPad. While it says you export your book to the regular iBookstore, it seems that the final destination for most of these books will be the new iTunes U (a textbook version of the iBookstore). For those of you that have asked me about how to deal with pictures in books, this seems to be the answer for you. A few more thoughts: Continue reading
This Self Publishing Guide will focus on Smashwords. Smashwords is a third party aggregator that will send your books to Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBooks (iPad/iPod/iPhone), Sony, Kobo, and Diesel. They are a one-stop-shop for self publishing and have a lot of fans. As I explained in my Barnes & Noble Nook Self Publishing Guide, the B&N process is so simple, there is little reason to have Smashwords do it for you (and take a cut of your profits – currently 15% or less of the net or about 10% of the asking price). When I published my first book, Bob Moore: No Hero, Smashwords didn’t have a deal with Amazon so I had to put it up there myself. Currently, they have penned a deal but they’ve yet to distribute a book. Since Amazon’s process, as I explain in my Amazon Kindle Self Publishing Guide, is fairly easy, there is little reason not to distribute it there yourself as well.
iBooks, on the other hand, is a different story. See my iBookstore Self Publishing Guide (out soon) for more info. Continue reading