Apple presented a big teaching aid to teachers and authors writing on educative and academic subjects by introducing iBooks Author. The initial downloads of iBooks Author reached 600,000 in just one or two days.
iBooks Author is an asset to academics but its success may not be long if some issues are not addressed.
A good self-publishing platform would not be appreciated even by academicians and authors if authors are angry with its terms and conditions.
One of the key-issue that has antagonized authors is fee. If an author decides to charge a fee for their iBook, then Apple will claim exclusive distribution rights and prevent them from publishing their work anywhere else. Many writers refused Apple’s licensing agreement.
Now Apple has rewritten some terms and has come up with a new End-User License Agreement (EULA). The new terms and conditions clarify that Apple will only demand exclusive distribution rights over .ibooks files that are created with iBooks Author, rather than the book’s content itself.
The new EULA stated, “this restriction will not apply to the content of the work when distributed in [another] form.” Now authors must be happy as Apple would not have exclusive rights over their works.
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