In a recent email sent out to authors and publishers, Apple announced a number of new features recently added to the iBookstore. Among the features added were versioning support and increased pixel limits for book images. According to the email, Apple added eight significant backend enhancements to the iBooks Store on iTunes. Although the new features may not be immediately visible to the end user, they will make for an easier and richer shopping experience once implemented by content providers.

The Cupertino California company noted the following features as part of the update:

  • New Catalog Reports
  • Versioning for All Books
  • Updated Documentation
  • Pixel Limit Increased for Book Images
  • How-To: Deliver Custom Samples
  • New European Toll-Free Numbers
  • iBooks Author Tips and Tricks: Creating Custom Samples
  • Thanksgiving Deliveries

Out of all the features added, it appears that versioning for all books looks to be one of the biggest additions as it will automatically allow customers to be notified when a new version of a book is available for download. Authors need to submit the new version along with a “What’s New in this Version” description for the notification to be pushed out to users. As far as the pixel limit increase, Apple notes that the size limit for in-book images has been increased from 2 million to 3.2 million pixels. This doesn’t include cover art, screenshots or other images not included in the e-book file.

In addition to the update, Apple has updated all iBooks documentations and examples including best practices for creating iOS and OS X books with JavaScript interactively and other performance optimization suggestions. For those of you who didn’t know, iBooks is said to launch on the Mac for the first time with the upcoming OS X Mavericks which is said to release later this fall.

Source: Apple