In an email to all iBooks Developers, Apple have made a few announcements. iBooks Author 2.2 has a few great new features, and the review times for iBooks are fantastic.
To improve your experience with iBooks, we’ve introduced the following features and updates:
• Book Review Time
• Promo Codes Limits Increased
• iBooks Author 2.2
• Screenshot Deliveries
• Thanksgiving Holiday Deliveries
• iTunes Connect for iOS 3.0.1
iBook Review Time
95 percent of iBooks submitted to the iBookStore will be reviewed within one business day.
To help you get your book to readers quickly, we review 95 percent of all book submissions within one business day. Note that you do not need an ISBN to deliver a book to iBooks.
Promo Codes Limits Increased
You can now request up to 250 promo codes per book. Promo codes allow you to provide free copies of your book to reviewers, bloggers, or others to build momentum for your book.
iBooks Author 2.2
The latest version of iBooks Author includes the following features and enhancements:
Import files in the EPUB or InDesign formats.
Set your Media, Keynote, and HTML widgets to play directly on the page.
Use blank templates for more flexible book design.
Use new linking options to connect to a location in another book, to include links in your HTML widgets, and so on.
Screenshots can now be delivered or updated after a book is available for sale on iBooks.
Thanksgiving Holiday Deliveries
To account for an anticipated increase in book deliveries during the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday week, books scheduled to go live between November 24, 2014 and December 1, 2014, should be delivered by Friday, November 14, 2014.
iTunes Connect for iOS 3.0.1
The new version of iTunes Connect for iOS has been updated to support Touch ID, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.