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May 28, 2010

US iBookstore opens doors to self-publishing

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by Darren Allan

Apple has opened the doors to authors who wish to self-publish their titles in the US iBookstore.

In these days when the sheer amount of authors and manuscripts mean that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a publisher or agent, self-publishing is a very tempting option.

Particularly when it’s electronic self-publishing, because then you’re not having to put any money on the line for a print run of hard copies.

It’s not quite as simple a process as uploading a Word file to the store, of course, but the procedure isn’t too complex.

According to Ars Technica, you need to secure yourself an ISBN number (not as hard as it sounds), and you must have your book laid out in ePUB format.

A Mac running OS X 10.5 or better is necessary to encode the e-book, and finally you’ll need an iTunes account and a US tax ID.

Hopefully Apple will be bringing this self-publishing model over to the UK soon enough, so authors over here can take advantage of it using British tax details.

The iBookstore is now fully open for business in the UK today, what with the launch of the iPad. Its virtual shelves have started to fill up with big name titles (from the likes of Tony Parsons, for example) alongside the free public domain texts.

Although several UK publishers are holding off joining up with the service, due to concerns about pricing policies.

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