On the heels of Smashwords changing how they do pre-orders (for the better, IMO) iBooks sent out e-mails yesterday to people with publisher accounts. This is the one I received.
We’ve added a few features and updates to iBooks recently:
Set Up Pre-Orders Without Assets
You can now offer your book for pre-order even if your book file or cover art isn’t ready yet.
To set up a pre-order without assets:
Never submit dummy, placeholder, or incomplete files. We can’t use these files and if you submit them, we won’t be able to make your book available for pre-order on the iBooks Store.
When your book files and cover art are ready, here’s how to complete your book:
You can make your book available for pre-order up to one year before its sales start date. However, you have to submit all final book files at least 10 business days before your sales start date. This gives us enough time for review, so your book will be available to customers as planned. If you don’t submit your files on time, we may not be able to make your books available for pre-order without assets in the future.
If you need help or have questions, let us know.
Updates to Link Maker
We’ve updated Link Maker with new features to make it more powerful:
Multi-Touch Book Samples Required
Starting July 8, 2015, you’ll need to include a book sample when you deliver a Multi-Touch book. We do require book samples, if you have a Paid Books agreement, even if your book is free. However, if you only have a Free Books agreement, samples are optional.
You don’t need to do anything else if you already used iBooks Author to create a book sample based on a single chapter of your book. If you want to use certain pages and chapters to create your own book sample instead, follow the steps in our support article.
Have any questions? Let us know.
The iBooks team
This is great news. (Well, it would be if I could find time to sit down and figure out the iBooks interface because it’s a pita to deal with.) Hopefully enough e-book retailers will adopt this that Amazon will have to take a look at revamping how Kindle pre-orders are handled. I know I, for one, would use Kindle pre-orders if I could change the files out right up until the release date. (Hence why my self-publishing efforts are slower than my publisher-published ones, because I’m picky and my publisher forces a deadline on me that I have to meet. LOL)
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