iBookstore: "Gift This Book"Apple introduces "gift this book" option for iBookstore titles

Good news for last-minute Christmas shoppers (and authors): Apple's iBookstore now allows customers to gift specific eBook titles. According to The Digital Reader:
Gifting in the iBookstore works the same as in iTunes. Just choose the tile you would like to give, the gifting option from the dropdown menu (on OSX) or the Share button (on iOS), and then simply add the recipient’s email, the sender’s name, an optional  brief message, and the date that the gift should arrive.

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iBooks app for your desktopAmazon has a desktop reading app. Barnes & Noble has a desktop reading app. And now — or SOON (when they launch their new operating system this fall) — Apple's iBooks will have a desktop reading app too. Readers who've bought eBooks from iBooks on their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch will be able to access those titles on their desktop — and any eBooks purchased from the iBookstore on their desktop will be readable on their iOS device as well. This is a big development for iBooks, as Apple recently announced that they control 20% of the eBook market — and greater accessibility to their catalog of almost 2 million books should only increase that share. For more information about the new iBooks desktop app, check out this story from MediaBistro.

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Because Amazon is the dominant player in the eBook marketplace, many authors wrongly assume that they should be publishing for Kindle exclusively.

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Sell Your Book in iBookstore JapanSell your eBook in Japan

Amazon may've gotten a head start, but Apple is catching up. The iBookstore is now available in Japan, along with eBook titles by BookBaby authors. If your book is currently distributed through BookBaby, you've got a presence in over 170 countries. And now you can add Japan to the huge list of existing iBookstore territories where readers can purchase your book for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Sell your book for iPad today!

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Your eBook will now be available in even more countries!

Exciting news: Apple's iBookstore is expanding their territory list to include Latin America & New Zealand. If you're already distributing your eBook through BookBaby, your work will automatically be available in these new iBookstore territories (unless you have previously set territory restrictions). You now have access to millions of new potential readers. New Zealand is an obvious win for English-language authors; and Latin America (which is 1.5 continents!) is one of the fastest growing eBook markets, including Brazil—the world's 6th largest economy! Now, when you use BookBaby for distribution, your book will be available in all the iBookstore territories around the world.

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You've finished your book and sent it to BookBaby for distribution. We've converted your file into an eBook. Now what? At this point, most authors are curious about when their eBooks will go live on the major digital retailers' sites. It's one of the most common questions we get asked.

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Things are going well for author Tom Watson. He wrote a book for his kids called Stick Dog Wants a Hamburger. They liked it, so he wrote another, and another, and another. Then he signed up with BookBaby for worldwide distribution.

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