Independent Authors Target of iBookstore

apple-ibookstoreIndependent authors can now publish their works through the iBookstore, which paves the way in eliminating the task of dealing with publishers.

Apple made the announcement of the program Sell Your Books Initiative at the Book Expo America in New York where a number of authors are gathered.

The requirements needed to be able to take advantage of the offer are as follows:

  • a 13-digit ISBN for each book
  • be in ePub format
  • validate against epubcheck 1.0.5
  • contain no unmanifested files
  • Author ┬áTax ID number
  • a credit card on file with Apple
  • a Mac running OS X 10.5 or later

Of course, like the applications being submitted for the iPhone OS, literary submissions are subject to review by the company. This may take a few weeks.

The move is seen to be a step in Apple’s attempt to catch up with the leading electronic bookseller Amazon, which also sells its own device – the Kindle.

iBookstore is currently available in iPad and will be available to iPhone and iPod Touch next month when iPhone OS 4.0 is released.