Seventh Journey: Book 1 now on iTunes
I’m extremely excited to announce that Seventh Journey Book 1 is officially available through iTunes (iBookstore), as an iBook. Some might be asking “I thought you were already on iTunes?” but the answer to that is no, I wasn’t. It’s not so easy to get distributed through the Big Apple, aka the iTunes Bookstore. Also known as iBooks, or the iBookstore, Apple uses these apps and distribution channels to provide hundreds of thousands of books, which constitute many millions of sales per year.
Apple themselves offer an ability to publish through the iTunes website, but this is not as easy as it sounds. It was one of the first places I attempted to look for publication options, yet it actually took the longest to become available. Be that as it may, they do what they do for quality purposes, which I can attest to. There were several manuscript corrections which needed to be made (electronic formatting) before my book was eligible.
Now that those changes have been made to the electronic version of the manuscript, Seventh Journey is now available on all major distribution channels. Since Apple doesn’t allow for website searches of their bookstore, I cannot provide a direct link. Instead, all of you Apple enabled readers can take a quick search through the iBookstore app, and pull up “Seventh Journey” and add it to your collection. For those who aren’t as familiar with how iBooks works, continue reading. Thanks very much, I hope you enjoy Seventh Journey on iBooks!
iBooks is an e-book application by Apple Inc. for their iOS operating system and devices. It was announced in conjunction with the iPad on January 27, 2010, and was released for the iPhone and iPod Touch in mid-2010, as part of the iOS 4 update. iBooks is not pre-loaded onto iOS devices; users may install iBooks free of charge from the iTunes App Store.
It primarily receives ePub content from the iBookstore, but users can also add their own ePub and PDF files via data synchronization with iTunes. Additionally, they can be downloaded to iBooks through Safari or Apple Mail. It is also capable of displaying e-books that incorporate multimedia.[clarification needed] According to product information as of March 2010, iBooks will be able to “read the contents of any page [to the user]” using VoiceOver.
On January 19, 2012 at an education-focused special event in New York City, Apple announced the free release of iBooks 2, which can operate in landscape mode and allows for interactive reading. In addition, a new application, iBooks Author, was announced for the Mac App Store, allowing anyone to create interactive textbooks for reading in iBooks; and the iBookstore was expanded with a textbook category.
The iBookstore is an ePub content sales and delivery system that delivers ebooks to any iOS device (namely the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) running iOS 4.x – 6.x. It does not currently support either the downloading or reading of iBooks directly on any type of computer; whether Mac, Windows, or Linux.
The iBooks shelf turns around to reveal the iBookstore. From here users can purchase various books from Apple. iBooks can sync between devices, so one could start reading a book on one device and continue from where one left-off on another.
Prior to the unveiling of the iPad, publishers Penguin Books, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan Publishers, and Hachette Book Group USA committed to producing content for the iBookstore. Additional publishers were invited to participate on the day of the product announcement, January 27, 2010. The iBookstore also provides access to the 30,000+ free books available from Project Gutenberg, and it provides content channeled through Smashwords, allowing independent authors and publishers to self-publish.