updated 04:05 pm EST, Fri February 3, 2012
Non-iBooks output uncontrolled
Apple has pushed out an update to iBooks Author, the company's recently-launched publishing tool. The sole change in v1.0.1 is a new end-user agreement, clarifying a controversial portion of the document which initially suggested that any material produced with the software could only be sold through the iBookstore if it was sold at all. "If you charge a fee for any book or other work you generate using this software (a 'Work'), you may only sell or distribute such Work through Apple (e.g., through the iBookstore) and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple," one part of the previous EULA read.
Multiple sections have been changed to state that the provision only applies to files in the .ibooks format, which already require iBooks for reading, and the iBookstore for distribution. iBooks Author can also produce PDF files, which people have typically assumed Apple should have no control over.
iBooks Author is a 137MB download, and a free download from the Mac App Store. Users must have at least OS X 10.7.2 or later, as well as iTunes 10.5.3 for sync purposes, and iBooks 2 for .ibooks previews.