Feeds

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

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

Boost IT visibility and business value

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.

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.