Today I wrote a commentary on writers’ reactions to Apple’s new iBooks Author app. My article, “iBooks Author Elicits Mixed Reactions,” appears on MacMost.com. Please take a read and comment here or there.
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If you want to read more about the rumblings about iBooks Author, please see below.
Background on iBooks Author and Controversy
- Apple Press Release on iBooks 2 for iPad and iBooks Author.
- Bott, Ed. “Apple’s mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement.” ZD Net, The Ed Bott Report, 1/19/12.
- Chatterjee, Surojit. “Apple iBooks Author: Top 10 Limitations Despite Taking Sting Out of Book Creation.” International Business Times, 1/19/12.
- Rosenweig, Gary. “iBooks Author Overview.” MacMost, 1/23/12. (video)
- Smith, Dave. “Apple Kills the Textbook with iBooks 2, iBooks Author.” International Business Times, 1/19/12.
- Wineman, Dan. “The Unprecedented Audacity of the iBooks Author EULA.” Venomous Porridge, 1/19/12.
Really like the reference links!
I think self-publishing is just a nightmare in progress. Apple’s iBookstore probably offers better marketing than self-publishing could. It seems to be already published book authors that have the most problems with the iBooks Author licensing agreement.
And yet it’s a better deal for authors in terms of finances than traditional publishers give, or even self publishing houses like lulu offer.