February 10, 2014 Last Updated 4:21 pm

Apple eBook delivery changes; iTunes Radio comes to Australia

There have been a few changes with Apple that developers and publishers may want to be aware of.

The easiest of these involves iTunes Producer – a new version is available through iTunesConnect, version 3.0. It is a free download that can be found under the Deliver Your Content menu item.

The new version has redesigned the user interface and added a built-in help center.

If you use iBooks Author you are probably aware that you will now have to use iBooks Author 2.1.1 when submitting your eBooks to Apple. Version 2.1 introduced iBooks for Mac, while the update to that version restored custom embedded fonts.

Textbooks are now available in all 51 iBooks Store territories. To add territories the publisher will need to sign the new agreement in Contracts, Tax, and Banking on iTunes Connect.

For those who deliver ePub books, it might be important to know that one needs to be careful when resizing images using percentages. This gets a little complicated so I will simply reproduce what Apple wrote about the issue:

Sizing Images in EPUB
Recent updates to WebKit may affect the layout of your book if you used percentages to define element heights. For example, .image-container { height: 80%; } will no longer result in an image that is 80 percent of the page height. This WebKit update aligns with the W3C’s specification for the height property.

To define a dynamic height for an element like an image, use the “viewport height unit” instead. A “viewport height unit” is equal to one percent of the height of the initial containing block and is a dynamic sizing element.

For example, to assign a dynamic height to an image, use:

CodeePub-feature

Hopefully that is clear enough for you.


Finally, and outside the area of eBooks, Apple has announced that iTunes Radio will be available in Australia now. The ad supported music service is available through iOS devices, Macs or PCs through iTunes, and through the Apple TV (which many think will get a hardware update next month).

If you are an iTunes Match customer – and, to be honest, I don’t anyone who is – your iTune Radio becomes ad free. In Australia the cost for iTunes Match is AU$34.99 for a year.

Update: Reuters is reporting this afternoon that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has rejected Apple’s bid to have its court appointed monitor, Michael Bromwich, removed from the case.

The court did instruct Bromwich to act within the guidelines that limit his responsibilities, however saying “the monitor will conduct his activities within the bounds” of those duties, the appeals court said.

  • Steve 2 months ago

    If you want to get your music onto iTunes Radio and iTunes for Free then check out RouteNote.com … also deliver to Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, YouTube and more.

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