Feeds

Apple won't rule out all singing, all dancing iBooks on Kindle

But they must be free. And will need an Android app

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Apple has come under fire for keeping all products of its new interactive book-making tool within its walled garden. According to a tough End User License Agreement, any iBooks created by the iBooks Author software can only be sold through the iBookstore so Apple can help itself to a 30 per cent cut.

But an unusually chatty Apple UK spokesman has revealed that the current legal wording allows iBook files to be distributed and read on other platforms – including the Android Kindle Fire.

The catch is that the iBook would have to be free. So while that might provide greater reach for an iBook author and extra choice for the Kindle reader, there would be no commercial advantage for the author.

Apple's grip on the cash flow remains, but it's interesting that Cupertino would clarify that it hasn't outright banned .ibook files from being distributed on platforms outside iOS.

A sample page of an iBook showing an interactive widget

The legal rewrite of the End User Agreement on Friday clarified that authors using the iBooks Author app could export their content as a PDF to send it to other platforms. This fresh Apple statement to The Register suggests that writers could legally export it to other platforms as an iBook too, thus keeping in the interactive features that make the electronic tomes interesting.

Of course although the legal framework is there, the technical one currently isn't: there is no way to get or view iBook files on Android or Windows. Still, the new information shows that the door is open to such apps in future which we presume would work on the same model that the iTunes app does on Windows.

The Apple spokesperson pointed out that while free iBooks could "theoretically, yes" be read on other devices, that wasn't a current option: "iBooks app is exclusive to iOS. The point is that if you use iBooks to create your content then that file should only be sold on the iBookstore." ®

Updated to add

Apple has since popped online a clarified FAQ explaining its position on the distribution of iBooks.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.