The iBooks Author 1.01 update was released today, and while the notes say that the release provides an updated version of the End User License Agreement, the update is, in total, 143.50 MB, which is a pretty good sized download.
Apple’s revised EULA now clarifies the fact that Apple has rights over the format that a book published with the software is in, not the content in the book itself. A book that uses the .ibooks formatted file can only be sold or distributed through Apple
A book that does not use the .ibooks format, such as a book that uses the Kindle format or the standard EPUB format, is not subject to the same restriction.
From the EULA:
“If you want to charge a fee for a work that includes files in the .ibooks format generated using iBooks Author, you may only sell or distribute such work through Apple, and such distribution will be subject to a separate agreement with Apple. This restriction does not apply to the content of such works when distributed in a form that does not include files in the .ibooks format.”
This statement should clear up a lot of the confusion that people were having over the new iBooks Author publishing system. Apple never owns your content – merely the format. If you choose to use iBooks Author to create an ebook, Apple wants a 30 percent cut of your sales, but they don’t have any authority over your content and whether or not you choose to simultaneously publish it elsewhere in a different format.