Apple to Own Your Work with iBook Authors

The recent iBooks Author special event unveiled that Apple is aiming to make necessary changes in the world of publishing. Although, iBooks 2 is simple enough, Author is something more than what it appears on the surface.

iBook 2 wasn’t only there to open the door for textbook sales, but iBook Author, the Mac companion app could help making the textbooks. Interestingly, both these apps are available for free at the moment.

This would certainly encourage the writers to create their own e-books in a smooth, easy-to-use-app (identical to the iWork suite) and place them into iBooks. Writers can also insert galleriers, widgets and other related media to improve their e-book.

However, Sacha Segan of PCMag states that this could be a “devil’s bargain.” In the iBook Author, there is a section dedicated to license agreement. The first part of the agreement refers to the intentions of Apple:

“IMPORTANT NOTE: 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.

The legal writing (legalese) elucidates it too, but Apple showed a bit decency to put it into layman’s terms.

But what actually is the significance of this? This is the question that most of you will certainly be pondering over. Apple smartly tells its users to help add content to iBooks. This is not the end as the company will reduce a price every time you sell your e-book (simply your work). You can’t even move your work to anywhere else without the permission of the company. Segan rightly says, “Apple owns the creative process of anyone who uses [Author].”

There is no need to download the Author and even you need not to sell your work in the iBooks Store. Is the company is fair in its approach or has gone too far to get hold of writers’ rights.

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