What is Apple Books for Authors?
Apple Books for Authors is an Apple-published series of online resources to help book authors write, publish, market and sell their ebooks and audiobooks via Apple Books.
What’s inside the book?
This is quite an extensive selection, which also includes sections to explain the analytics and other tools made available to authors publishing through Apple Books.
There are numerous sections, including use of Pages and Apple’s IBooks Authors to write and create books – but it also looks at Word and Scrivener.
- Write your Book.
- Prepare your Book.
- Publish your Book.
- Sales and Reporting.
What other authors say?
Dig through these sections and you’ll find a huge host of helpful web pages and a selection of deeply interesting video presentations, including authors talking about their work.
“I always say to new writers that you have to write every single day even if it’s just for five minutes,” Aileen Erin, author of several series of popular Young Adult books said. “Once you get into a routine, have a habit building up the word count [until] it comes and starts to flow more and more and more. But writing every day is an excellent habit for every writer.”
What Apple says
Apple’s website states:
“Apple Books for Authors guides you through every step of your journey as an author, from structuring your story to packaging your digital book and selling it on our store. Even established authors will find valuable resources on how to grow sales and track performance.”
What about Amazon?
Apple knows most authors will choose to market titles through Amazon, mainly because that company generates strong sales – though Apple doesn’t do too badly.
All the same, you had to expect a little side in Apple’s presentation, which includes a comparison table listing some of the differences between Amazon and Apple’s pricing/payment models.
Apple gives you 70% royalties on every book, for example, doesn’t charge delivery fees, lets you offer free books and doesn’t demand price-matching. Amazon offers nothing like those conditions.