Originally Posted by guyladouche
I thought the difference is that with writing an app, that publisher can write the same app for a different platform, but with the ibooks agreement, that author cannot author that same book for another platform, giving Apple exclusivity to offering it.
That's not it at all. Apple's EULA is saying this and only this: if you make a book with iBooks Author you can only distribute the output to the iBooks Store and not to the competition. You're welcome to make the same book in other software and distribute it.
Originally Posted by Robilar
Can someone clarify this for me?
I am not an Apple guy, other than my wife and daughter having iphones and macbook pro's we haven't been involved in the tablet side.
I am planning on grabbing my wife an Ipad for her birthday next week.
So the question is, will there be any issues with her using the tablet for books of whichever format? She has a large quantity of Epub books on her old Kobo that I would be transferring over to the ipad.
I've downloaded free ePub books before and read them on iBooks. This discussion is primarily about textbooks, and Apple's eula preventing you from using their free iBooks Author software to create a book that will be distributed to the competition.
Just in case you didn't know: the iPad 3 is coming out soon. It's been about ten months now since the iPad 2 was released and it's on a 11-12 month cycle. It should
be released in the next month or two. You might want to wait and give your wife the newer model or maybe not, but I thought I'd let you know. Reference: MacRumors Buyers GuideEDIT
: Here's a quote from Apple's iBooks FAQ:
Edited by steelbom - 1/26/12 at 8:11pm
iBooks supports the industry-leading ePub digital book file type. You can sync freely available ePub files to iBooks using iTunes, or purchase or download books from the iBookstore. iBooks also supports PDFs, which can be manually synced to iBooks. In addition to ePub and PDFs, iBooks 2.0 and later also provides support for the new iBooks format used in iBooks Author. Other digital book file types are not supported at this time.