June 30, 2014 Last Updated 11:24 am

Apple announces additional resources and support articles for the iBooks Store

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On Friday Apple sent out to its paid books account holders a notice concerning changes to iBooks that might effect future book projects.


Fixed Layout example

The first of these has been covered before: an update to iBooks Author (iBA) to version 2.1.3. The update, Apple says, is for “stability improvements and bug fixes.” The problem is that I simply don’t believe this. This is the second update recently, and I can find no noticeable improvement in the only bug I have encountered recently, the failure of the program to allow a preview of a file on your Mac. I encounter this bug occasionally and the fix is easy enough, simply close down the program and reopen it. But these updates have not fixed this, so one guesses that the updates are really all about making iBA more compatible with either the new fall software (iOS 8 or OS X Yosemite) or compatible with changes coming to iTunes U (see this post).

Apple says it has also updated the ibooks.js JavaScript Library in the Fixed Layout EPUB Example 3.2. This will be found in iTunes Connect.

There are also a series of new support articles to be found inside iTunes Connect that concern the EPUB format – ten to be exact.

Apple also explained how a seller can use a DBA in place of its legal entity name.

“When you complete the iBooks Store agreement, you must use your legal entity name. However, you can change your Seller name visible to customers on the iBooks Store from your legal entity name to a DBA (Doing Business As) name, or pen name, instead.”

To change the name as it appears in the store, you will breed to contact Apple via iTunes Connect and work with the paid books team.

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