Mashable and others have drawn attention to the terms and conditions behind Apple’s iBooks. The short version seems to be that if you charge for your book, and you want it to be sold through iBooks, Apple will take a cut of the sale price of your book. But that’s not all.
The T&C say that Apple becomes the exclusive vendor for any book for which you charge that you publish through iBooks. I assume this means you can’t make a version that can be read on other platforms like the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, etc… Want Apple to distribute your book? They get it lock, stock, and barrel. I think this SUCKS.
But what was more interesting was how the Facebook followers of the Mashable page, people who on any other day were probably posting images reminding everybody they’re the 99%, protesting SOPA, and looking to stand up for free speech, devoted nearly all of the comments to a typo from Mashable. Mashable meant to ask if Apple is going “too far.” Someone forgot the second letter O on the word “too,” and there you had what was either a grammar mistake, spelling mistake, or typo. OK, that’s not great. But what about Apple! Looks at what Apple will do to people! Especially people who don’t read terms and conditions, and may be surprised by this!
Didn’t matter. It was all about the missing O.
I love good grammar. I pick on bad grammar. But in this case, I think the Mashable fans got a bit sanctimonious… about Apple being sanctimonious.
My advice: use ePub. Don’t let Apple control your stuff. They might be a big fish, but they’re not the only game in town.