How do you become a famous author? Step 1: Start publishing to iBooks!
Apple’s iBooks Author makes it easy for you to write your bestselling novel, textbook, cook book, or story book, complete with illustrations, cover art, and even interactive content. You can even sell your digital books right in the iBooks Store!
Write your book
Of course, there is no reason to get excited about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature until you’ve actually written a book. If you’ve already got the backbone of your content written thanks to a little help from NaNoWriMo, you can use the iBooks Author app for Mac or another EPUB creator tool. Keep in mind that your book has to be published as either a .ibooks or .epub file.
If you don’t know how to create a book in EPUB or iBooks format, Apple has partnered with a number of book publishing experts that can help you correctly format your book and make sure it meets the iBooks Store requirements.
Sign up with iTunes Connect
So, you’ve already got a book ready to publish. Good. Now it’s time to get registered as an iBooks author so you can start selling. You’ll need to enable your Apple ID for iTunes Connect first. Your Apple ID needs to be verified and you must have a valid credit card on file.
You can use the same Apple ID that you use to purchase content in the app Store or iTunes, but you can’t use the same Apple ID that you use to sell other types of content in iTunes (like apps, music, or movies). So, if you are already an app developer selling in iTunes, you’ll need to create a new iTunes Connect account with a different Apple ID.
Once you have enabled iTunes Connect with your Apple ID, you will need to sign an iBooks agreement. There are two different types of agreements; “Offer Your Books for Free” and “Offer Your Books for Free and Sell Your Books.” The former is the agreement you want if you never intend to sell content in the iBooks Store and will only, ever give it away. If you think there will every be a chance that you might want to sell books in the iBooks Store, you might as well select the latter.
If you do select “Offer Your Books for Free and Sell Your Books,” you’ll also have to fill out a secondary contract and provide banking and tax information to Apple. If you live in the U.S., you’ll need a U.S. Tax ID (EIN), so you may want to apply for that right away, since it might take a few weeks for the IRS to update your records.
Get the iTunes Producer app on your Mac
Once you’ve written your book and formatted it as an iBook, are registered with iTunes Connect, and have signed the requisite agreements, you’re ready to upload your ebook to the iBooks Store. That’s where the iTunes Producer app comes in. It is a resource tool for publishing. It’s different than the iBooks Author.
You can get iTunes Producer from the Resources and Help section of iTunes Connect. It is only compatible with the Mac. If you don’t have a Mac, you can get one of those Apple partners to publish your book for you.
The iTunes Producer will help you build your iBooks Store summary page, complete with samples, cover art, category, title, author name, and price tag. You can also select which countries your book is available in.
Sell your books in the iBooks Store
After you’ve uploaded your content, created your summary page and included details, cover art, and a sample, you can submit your ebook for publication. While in the iTunes Producer app, you’ll hit the Submit button to send it to iTunes for authentication. After the book is authenticated, you’ll be able to check the status of your book in iTunes Connect. If you ever want to change the price of your book, or even remove it from the iBooks Store completely, you can do so from your My Books dashboard. Good luck and happy selling!