updated 09:00 pm EDT, Thu September 26, 2013
Versioning, new tutorials, catalog reports, higher pixels limit, more
Apple on Thursday sent out an email to authors and publishers that announced a number of new features geared toward content producers in the iBookstore. Among the changes is support for versioning, allowing readers to be automatically notified when a book they've purchased has been updated with a new version. Also included in the updates are new catalog reports, updated documentation, a rise in the pixel limit for book images and more.
The versioning change will be a boon for textbooks, technical manuals, instruction books and other instances where content or corrections are often needed. Instead of creating a new edition, books can be optionally augmented with the additional content for free. Authors are required to submit a "What's New" file, not unlike a software changelog, to accompany the notification to users.
New tutorials on how to deliver custom samples of e-books, new European toll-free numbers for support, updated documentation and an update on (US) Thanksgiving deliveries are also available. The change in pixel limits on images has gone from two million pixels maximum to 3.2 million, covering only in-book images and thus not including cover art.
Apple will be unveiling iBooks for Mac at long last with the OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) update, which is expected to debut next month. The program is free for Mac and iOS, but is not included as built-in software on iOS devices and is instead offered as part of a bundle of free iOS software users can choose to download.