One particularly confusing part surrounding the launch of iBooks Author last month, was the issue regarding whether or not authors of original works, (who then chose to place this work on the iBookstore for a fee), would be allowed to redistribute this work without having to pay any kind of royalties or cut to Apple.
Previously, Apple’s EULA for iBooks Author reportedly implied to publishers looking to create digital books for the iOS platform that authors looking to redistribute their own works (which are already available for sale on the iBookstore), couldn’t as – once the work had been published to the iBookstore – Apple seemingly held exclusivity rights over it.
However, clarifying this, Apple over the weekend rewrote its End User License Agreement regarding the software, noting that it will only claim exclusivity rights over paid works which use the .ibooks format. This means that if you have a paid book on the iBookstore you will be allowed to redistribute the work (i.e the contents of the book) … say, on your personal blog … providing the work is saved in a non-iBooks format.
Those looking to try their own hand at creating a digital book for iOS can head to the Mac App Store, where they’ll find the digital textbook authoring software available for FREE download.[via Engadget]