Friday 5 – The iBook Author App and agents as publishers.

1. The iBook Author App has had me excited since it was announced. One author has already fooled around with it and loved it. And her book is on sale. Check out her thoughts on it.

2. Fortunately, I have a Mac.

3. Unfortunately, I need to upgrade to Lion. (30 dollars) (I can do that.)

4. Unfortunately, I don’t have an iPad and don’t know when I will. But I have connections and when the time is right I can borrow one to preview any iBooks. But honestly? My focus right now is self publishing my first book. I’m excited to learn coding (the nerd in me). My computer teacher from high school would faint because I could not program at all. The kind boy next to me passed the class for me. But this feels different, a bit easier than C+.

So I’ll upgrade and experiment someday, it just won’t be right now. But sometimes it’s hard to shut off my brain. I’ve never been so inspired to write. (But that’s partly due to my decision to self publish too.)

5. And the ARR announced that agents as publishers is a conflict of interest! Kristin Nelson posted about it today. And in the future she will talk about her agency’s model, which has been approved!

My kids are home today because of icy roads. I’m signing off for the morning to get some writing in and them help them with at-home school work so we don’t have to make up this day at the end of the year! I’ll be visiting everyone later! Have a good one!

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19 Responses to Friday 5 – The iBook Author App and agents as publishers.

  1. Stina Lindenblatt January 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I still don’t get what the app does, but that’s okay. The only Apple product I have is my iPod Touch, so it’s not something I can use even if I knew what the benefit of it is.

    I’m off to check out Kristin’s link.

    Yuck about the icy roads. Stay safe!

    • Laura January 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      With the app, authors can create enhanced ebooks with video, photos, audio, maps, review questions,,,etc. And it’s all drag and drop. Technically, it’s really for text books. But with the right fiction book there are a lot of possiblilities.

  2. Alex J. Cavanaugh January 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Some people think the app is evil because you can only upload it to their site and they have to approve it first. But it IS their product after all.
    Soon all kids will carry an iPad or other tablet instead of books. Lucky varmints.

  3. Susan Kaye Quinn January 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Off to check out Kristin’s link!

  4. Matthew MacNish January 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Gets lots of writing done, Laura!

  5. Ansha Kotyk January 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I was under the impression that the EULA content couldn’t be sold elsewhere, meaning the text, not just the enhanced version created with iBook. hmmm. I’ll have to read the agreement closely. Cheri’s post on the subject was very good.
    Laura, I love that you’re inspired. That’s how I feel too!

  6. Tasha Seegmiller January 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Hmmm…interesting. I can’t wait to see what you think when you play with the program a bit.

  7. shelley moore thomas January 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    Fascinating stuff–like a completely different language sometimes!

    But I love learning about it all through your posts.

    I’ve not read Kristen’s post yet, but I am quite interested to do so. Hmmmm….


  8. Patti January 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Have a good icy roads day. I’m really interested in the ibook author app and will have to look at it on my sister’s ipad.

  9. Donna K. Weaver January 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I’ve been hearing some interesting things about this software. Is it going to be just one more venue for your books, or were you planning to publish only on iBooks?

  10. Maria Toth January 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Great & VERY interesting post! Lots of insightful information. Glad I waited to e-pub my novel. Glad to hear you’ll be e-pubbing your books, too! Hooray for technology! Thanks again! 🙂

    • Laura January 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      Sorry everyone! My power has been on and off all day with the lovely freezing rain we’re getting. And my kids are home. 🙂

      Ansha – The original intellectual content that you create in a word doc and upload to the app you can still sell online with other retailers. Apple just doesn’t want you using their free app to create the enhanced version and then sell it elsewhere. So the enhanced version of a novel that I create with the app I could only sell on iBooks. But not many other ereaders could handle the contest anyway.

      And I assume that they are holding the right to reject works based on inappropriate content. Which I totally understand. Remember the guy that put up a book on Amazon on how to abuse little kids? yeah. By the time I’m ready to use the app I’m sure that these issues will be worked out and clarified. But right now, they don’t bother me. I just keep thinking of the cool stuff. And I keep trying to talk my husband into writing nonfiction for middle grade boys since he’s a history teacher. But he falls asleep every night. LOL.

      And I’m really interested to see Kristin’s model for epublishing her clients’ back list.

  11. Jennifer Shirk January 27, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Sounds interesting. I have an ibook app on my Ipad, but rarely use it. Maybe this app is different? Will check it out.
    Have a great weekend! (Stay off the roads) 🙂

  12. Southpaw January 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    I hadn’t heard of the author app.

    How sad the kids still have to do homework!:( Well, as least they won’t get board.

  13. Elle Strauss January 28, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    There’s so much new stuff going on all the time, I can barely keep up.
    Thanks for the link, going to go check it out now.

  14. Sherrie Petersen January 28, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    Interesting about the conflict of interest. I did wonder about that myself.

    I’ve seen the iBook Author App in action. It’s pretty cool.

  15. Amie Kaufman January 29, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    This stuff is like a foreign country to me, I have to admit, but I’m really interested to learn! Thanks for the link, and the link to Kristin’s article. Off to read that now!

  16. Theresa Milstein January 30, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    I’m really curious about this author app. Let me know how it goes.

  17. Leslie Rose January 30, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Icy roads are THE worst. Sending you a safety vibe. Can’t wait to see how you end up dancing with the author app. Off to Kristen’s link.

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