How to sell your book in the iTunes store

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By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to convert a Blurb book or two into an ebook (or you’ve made one from scratch using our plug-in for Adobe InDesign). If you’re selling your ebook though, you probably want to know how you to sell your book in the iTunes iBookstore. Already, there are over 1600 Blurb ebooks for sale there.

Submitting your ebook to iTunes on your own can be trying, but fortunately Blurb does a lot of the work for you, making sure that your book has the basics to go forward. Here are the steps:

1) Start at “My ebooks” on Blurb by selecting an ebook you’ve already made.

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Step 1: Go to “My Ebooks”

2) Make sure your ebook is already for sale in the Blurb bookstore.

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Step 2: Make sure you’re in the Blurb Bookstore

3) Click the iBookstore tab, review the pricing, agree to the Terms and Conditions, and click submit.

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Step 3: Submit to Apple

4) Wait by your email – Apple will review your book to make sure it complies with their Terms and Conditions. This can take two weeks or more, though some people get decisions much quicker.

Sadly, some books are rejected by Apple. We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons, but some include having mismatched page numbers, using blank pages, and submitting subject matter targeted to a “limited audience” such as books about family vacations, weddings, family histories, or school/organization yearbooks.

Apple takes a 30% commission on your ebook (which comes on top of Blurb’s 20%) – so you’ll do better sending people to the Blurb Bookstore for purchase. But there’s no denying the advantages of having your ebook for sale in one of the web’s biggest ebook stores.

That’s it!

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4 Comments

  1. How does iTunes sales data get reflected in Blurb? Or how long does it take to transfer from iTunes to Blurb?

    By Terry Phillips
      July 31, 2013 – 7:54 pm   Permalink
  2. Hey Terry,

    You will see the sales data reflected in your stats, but we don’t get the data from Apple immediately. Unfortunately, it may lag behind a month or so.

    best

    Kent

    By Kent
      August 2, 2013 – 3:16 pm   Permalink
  3. I can’t offer my book – http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/349842-soulful-nude for sale.
    Why the button ‘Apple iBookstore’ is inactive?

    By Maksim Chuprin
      October 18, 2013 – 11:27 am   Permalink
  4. Hey Maksim, I’m sorry you’re having trouble. Give our Support Team a shout, and they’ll look into it: http://blur.by/SPPRT

    By Kent
      October 30, 2013 – 10:48 am   Permalink

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