How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore
I’m very excited and pleased to be starting off the New Year with a GREAT NEWS, I’ve got my book – The Legend of The Moonstone sets in the Apple’s iBookstore! Even if you know the book is going out into the world, its something altogether different to see it there.
Apple Made it Possible for Me to Make Awesome Book…
When Apple announced iBooks Author and the iBooks store I immediately abandoned all prior efforts and jumped to the new platform. iBooks Author gives me exactly what I need to publish the book I want to make. Apple didn’t only give me the authoring tools, they also provided me the ability to distribute my book.
If you think about self-publishing with Apple’s free iBooks Author tool check out the simple steps below…
So let start it…
HOW TO: Publish an eBook with Apple iBooks?
Tablets and smartphones make for great reading devices, and you don’t get better tablets or smartphones than Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Through Apple’s iBooks store, self publishing authors have a great market through which to tout their wares, and this guide will walk you through how to get your work onto the platform.
To do that You need to follow specific guidelines for preparing and publishing in order to avoid time-consuming headaches and a rejection email.
First of all, you’ll need to have that mind-blowing book written.
Finished? Great! That’s the hard part done!
Before your would-be bestseller can be published, you’ll need to make sure it’s well edited and properly formatted.
Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore:
- Make sure you’ve added a Table of Contents for the document, which is easily done using Word’s and Page’s built-in tools.
- Insert page breaks after every chapter. It’ll avoid inserting unnecessary stretches of white space when your final eBook is ready.
- Make sure your cover image is added as a .JPG file, or it won’t work properly. It’ll need to be rectangular in shape and at least 600 pixels tall, and cannot contain hyperlinks or website addresses, nor any nudity.
- Keep a check on your spelling and grammar if you don’t have an editor. Have multiple grammar pedants read and re-read your text if possible to scan it for errors.
- There’s an upload limit of 2GB for the iBooks store, so make sure your eBook is smaller than that. That may be tough if you’re using lots of multimedia content, so consider either cutting some, shortening some, or lowering the quality of audio, video and image files.
- Apple will not publish materials that include erotica involving underage people, nor any texts that promote intolerance or discrimination. And rightly so.
For more about iBooks Author and How to create and publish amazing books for iPad and Mac Click Here!
The good news is, once you’ve formatted your .ePub and developed your cover art for Lulu (or anyone else, really), you’ve done 90% of the work to sell it through Amazon, too. I just went through that process. By the way Amazon is definitely another route and I look at it as a great alternative. If you can get your content on the kindle as well as in the iBookstore then it reaches even more buyers!
That’s it. You now have your very own book in the Apple iBookstore for sale.
Now, of course, it’s time to market it. But that’s another post …