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mograrose

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How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 10:02 AM
 
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Hi everyone

I have successfully uploaded my children's ebook on the Kindle from html to mobi format. Now I would like to venture to other devices like the ipad and iphone. Could anyone point me to some direction where I can find out more? I seem to remember Notjohn mentioning about ePub format but know virtually nothing about it. Grateful for any help.
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Mograrose
mixus

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Posted: Dec 27, 2013 10:47 AM   in response to: mograrose in response to: mograrose
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You could venture over to the Smashwords website and download their Style Guide. For free. That explains ePub and the format instructions for IBooks
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Posted: Dec 27, 2013 2:59 PM   in response to: mograrose in response to: mograrose
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I use Lulu. Seems to work!

You need an epub, and it must validate according to epubcheck. You also need an ISBN, which Lulu provides.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else) (Third Edition)

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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 6:30 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Lulu is a nightmare to work with.

First, their customer service is, well, to put it lightly. Non existent.

The formatting instructions are definitely, Not For The Faint Hearted.

I was so confused as a new author, before i published my first eBook. I opted to download the Smashwords Style Guide, reasoning, they are both in the game of distributing to iBooks. So, easier formatting instructions can’t do any harm.

After formatting, using SW styling, I submitted to Lulu. All of a sudden I was faced with all kinds of error emails, clogging up my inbox, claiming my eBook was rejected. Ranging from “inaccurate TOC, The NCX must be accurate. To, text mismatches. Without specifying exactly what the problem was with the text.

After a couple of weeks, or months. I can’t remember exactly. I went to SW and submitted my book. I soon got an email saying “There were no auto better errors. and telling me to relax.

After a couple of days, my eBook status had achieved “Premium Approved”. Within another couple of weeks, my book had been shipped to the Apple iBookstore, where it has remained on continuous sale now for nearly two years.

Now, I only publish to iBooks and everywhere else, except amazon, using smash words. Because Lulu is a nightmare. Publishing to iBooks was so easy. I have no idea why lulu were making it so hard.
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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 28, 2013 1:28 PM   in response to: mograrose in response to: mograrose
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You do realize that people with iPads and iPhones can read a KDP book. There's a free reading app to allow you to do so. Look at the right hand side of any Amazon product page.

You can get on iTunes directly, but it's quite a slog. Apple is convinced you are a major record producer, not an indie writer, and requires you to jump through hoops appropriate to that status (unless you go through Lulu, as NJ does). You also have to have a Mac computer to upload directly to them.

The only way I could get an epub that iTunes would accept was to buy Pages.
Notjohn

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Posted: Dec 30, 2013 4:51 AM   in response to: mixus in response to: mixus
 
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After formatting, using SW styling, I submitted to Lulu

In my experience, which to be sure was several years ago, SW does a terrible job of formatting. Because the iBook people require a VALIDATED epub, I'm not surprised that the SW version failed at Lulu.

As noted, I only upload epub format, whether to the KDP or anywhere else. They convert nicely, though I really don't think it's worth a whole lot of effort to get to these secondary markets. They don't yield as many sales as they did a few years ago. (The same is true of the KDP, but the volume is here, so the money is here as well. If it wasn't for the fact that I have friends who own Nooks and Mac OS devices, I probably wouldn't bother.)

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else) (Third Edition)

The blog: Notjohn's KDP Guide
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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 9:56 AM   in response to: mograrose in response to: mograrose
 
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If you have access to a Mac, you can open an iTunes Connect account (which will tie to your iTunes account) and, using that account, download iTunes Producer, which enables you to upload your ePub to the iBookstore.

To create an ePub, you can convert your Mobi using Calibre. Sigil is also a great program for it.

You don't need an ISBN to publish to iBookstore.
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Posted: Dec 30, 2013 11:48 AM   in response to: mixus in response to: mixus
 
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Lulu is a nightmare to work with.

I've had no trouble whatever with publishing through Lulu. You do need a validated epub, but that's perfectly reasonable since the iBookstore requires a validated epub!

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else) (Third Edition)

The blog: Notjohn's KDP Guide
mograrose

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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 4:43 PM   in response to: wentrekin in response to: wentrekin
 
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Hi wentrekin

Thanks for your input. I don't use a mac but have an ipad so will try through the iTunes account and the Sigil software. Hope it's relatively easy to implement.
Mograrose
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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 9:59 PM   in response to: mograrose in response to: mograrose
 
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Draft2digital took a Word doc and got it up to Apple quite painlessly, and their reporting is fast. The file doesn't covert quite as prettily as my own formatting, but it passes epubcheck, and for one market, I can live with it.
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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 31, 2013 1:25 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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It is believed that Apple iBooks is now the second biggest ebook retailer, just behind amazon. With B&N, Kobo, Nook etc far behind. But, this cannot be verified as amazon never release their sales figures. It just does not make sense not to list your ebooks with iBooks.

More people now own Apple iPads, iPhones and iPods than the entire population of the US. Recent studies are finding, most of those users prefer to buy their reading material from iTunes Ibooks.

A lot has changed and happened at SW over the past couple of years. They are the global largest distributor of eBooks. SW conversion (meat grinder) is very fussy, it has to be as Apple iBooks are very fussy. They personally review every book before it appears for sale. SW formatting guide was the easiest to follow, for me.

I fail, to see how you can judge SW if you haven't tried them for several years. Although, they have only existed since 2008.
Notjohn

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Re: How do I get my ebook onto the iBook store?
Posted: Dec 31, 2013 2:22 AM   in response to: pdsinger1 in response to: pdsinger1
 
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I'm glad to hear that D2D works on the iStore. If they ever crack the Sony market, I may switch over.

Good luck! -- NJ

The book: Notjohn's Guide to Kindle Publishing: Ten Steps to Selling Your E-book on Amazon (Or Anywhere Else) (Third Edition)

The blog: Notjohn's KDP Guide
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