Apple’s e-book related event in New York today turned out to be mainly about textbooks and educational publishing. Definitely a lucrative market for them to get into, but not really of any relevance to the indie writer. Besides, as Passive Guy points out, the licence their iBooks Author software to create enhanced e-books requires the author to offer the resulting books exclusively at Apple. Oh yes, and you still have to have ISBNs and a Mac to publish with them.
Thanks but no thanks. I didn’t go exclusive with Amazon and they are a much bigger market than Apple and a company I actually do business with, whereas I have never owned a single Apple product in my life.
Meanwhile, the debate over whether or not to join KDP Select is turning into the discussion that just would not die:
Now Dean Wesley Smith offers his take on KDP Select and the exclusivity clause and wonders why writers would limit themselves to a single vendor. My thoughts exactly.
In the end it comes down to whether you want to spread your distribution network as wide as possible or whether you want to exchange wide availability for the hope of increased sales and visibility at one particular vendor or for one particular platform. I choose the former, many other writers, mainly Americans for some reason, choose the latter.