April 14, 2016 Last Updated 2:34 pm

Apple informs iBooks publishers of new features and updates

The email to paid iBooks Store account holders includes some new information on financial reports versus sales trends, as well as ‘best practices for screenshots’

Apple has sent out an email to paid iBooks Store account holders. As the account holder does not always line up with the person actually responsible for designing and submitting eBooks, especially ones build using iBooks Author, I thought it might be a good idea to pass along the information here:


New Filter in Sales and Trends
Now you can view your sales and proceeds in the currency in which your book was purchased. Simply use the new filter called Store Currency in Top Content. Once you’ve chosen the currency, you will only see sales that were made in the selected currency.

To learn more, see the Sales and Trends Guide.

Best Practices for Creating and Delivering Screenshots
Screenshots are a great way for customers to get a glimpse inside your book before downloading the sample or making a purchase. Therefore, create screenshots that accurately represent how your book looks on iBooks. Selecting the right pages to screenshot can make a big difference, particularly if your book contains visual content or interactivity.

To ensure your screenshots meet technical requirements, you should take them on an iPad in portrait or landscape orientation. To learn how to take a screenshot on your iPad, see here.

To ensure your screenshots meet technical requirements, you should take them on an iPad in portrait or landscape orientation. To learn how to take a screenshot on your iPad, see here.

If screenshots are not taken on iPad, they must be delivered in JPG or PNG format, in RGB color space, and have one of the following pixel dimensions:

1024 x 768 1024 x 748
768 x 1024 768 x 1004
2048 x 1536 2048 x 1496
1536 x 2048 1536 x 2008

You will encounter upload errors if you attempt to submit screenshots that do not meet the requirements above.

Tips and Tricks: Payments and Financial Reports versus Sales and Trends Reports
There are several differences between the reports available in Sales and Trends and those in Payments and Financial Reports on iTunes Connect. Some of these differences will result in discrepancies when comparing the two types of reports. When viewing your reports, keep in mind:

  • Timeframe: Weekly Sales and Trends reports start on Monday and end on Sunday. Payments and Financial reports are based on Apple’s fiscal calendar, where fiscal months end on a Saturday.
  • Transaction types: Sales and Trends reports include all account transactions of the day, while reports from Payments and Financial Reports only include processed transactions. Several factors impact the financial processing status, such as amount due, country of purchase, number of hours since purchase, content type, credit checks, and fraud rules.

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