So many people have been excited over the new development of iBooks (named iBooks 2.0). But with it comes a lot of changes that make the system very isolated, especially for authors who want to sell their books on multiple platforms.
Let me explain.
Apple with their iBook’s Author tool use epub2 format for books. This allows them to add interactive items into the e-book but can only be seen on iBook. This means that you cannot use the Kindle to see the book. This makes the process of creating the book somewhat difficult if you have to use multiple tools to create your e-books.
On top of this there is a clause in the iBook author tool terms & conditions that you need to be careful of.
If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a “Work”), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple.
This is very restrictive and have a lot of people upset. This would mean that any book you want to sell through iBooks could only be sold through iBooks and cannot be sold through another website or store (i.e. Amazon Kindle store, Smashwords etc).
So just because they’re a big company that you trust to buy electronics, don’t be so quick to rush to sell your books through them. Know the restrictions before you sign up.
If you would like to see more detailed information about this here is a blog post at ARS Technica here.