Via 9to5Mac, some good news for ebook authors: Apple modifies EULA for iBooks: Lays no claim to content, allows authors to distribute elsewhere. So far iBooks Author seems aimed at the post-secondary textbook market, but it seems likely that it will eventually extend to fiction and general nonfiction as well. Excerpt:
Apple just updated its End User License Agreement for the iBooks Author application, and the changes clearly outline the Cupertino, Calif.-based Company only requires .iBooks formatted products created in iBooks Author to sell through the iBookstore.
With that said, Apple aims to sell the packaged format without claiming the content nor restricting where else authors can distribute the content.
iBooks Author released alongside iBooks Textbook last month and controversy immediately brewed over its terms and conditions, which many claimed infringed upon software rights and imposed unjust requirements…
The uncertainty stemmed from Apple’s language in the agreement, with critics convinced that Apple tried to claim content rights to all books created for iBooks Textbooks. Questions also arose concerning whether Apple intended to control books from publishing elsewhere in another form.