Create an Apple Books Account
We’re excited to see you getting started with Apple Books. The first thing you’ll need to do is sign up for an account — it’s free! Here’s what you need:
An Apple ID enabled with two-factor authentication
Digital rights to your books
Legal authority to sign documents on behalf of yourself or your company
How to set up an Apple Books account
- Create an iTunes Connect account for Apple Books. Use or create an Apple ID with two-factor authentication and a valid credit card on file to create your iTunes Connect account. Your Apple ID can be added to multiple iTunes Connect accounts. This allows you to sign in and switch easily between accounts.
- Choose your publisher type. Select Individual if you’re representing yourself or if you’re a sole proprietor. Select Organization if you’re registered as a company or organization.
- Check your email. We’ll send a link to verify your email address. Click the link and sign in to iTunes Connect.
- Complete your agreement. In iTunes Connect, go to Agreements, Tax, and Banking. Select “View and Agree to Terms.” Next, decide if you want to sell books or simply offer them for free. Select “Offer Your Books for Free and Sell Your Books” if you want to add the option to sell books on Apple Books. You need to provide additional details, including your legal name and tax ID, and we’ll need a few days to verify your information. You’ll receive an email when we’re ready to proceed or if we discover any issues. Select “Offer Your Books for Free” if you only want to offer books for free on Apple Books. Read and accept the terms and conditions, and you’re ready to go. If you change your mind and want to sell your books, you can upgrade your account later.
- Provide tax and banking information. If you’re planning to sell your books, you need to set up banking and tax information in Agreements, Tax, and Banking. Remember to use the legal entity name associated with your U.S. tax ID.
Common issues with U.S. Tax ID and legal name
If we are unable to verify a legal entity name and U.S. tax ID, it is typically due to one of the following reasons:
- The U.S. tax ID was not entered correctly. When entering the U.S. tax ID, do not include dashes (-).
- The correct U.S. tax ID type was not selected. Be sure to select the type which corresponds to your number (SSN, ITIN, or EIN).
- The legal entity name was not entered correctly. The legal entity name on your account must exactly match U.S. IRS records.
- Your tax ID is not yet included in the IRS database. If you recently applied for a U.S. tax ID, it can take a few weeks for the IRS to add your tax ID to their records.
Using a pen name or doing business as (DBA) name
When you’re done, submit a request for a DBA/Pen name. You’ll need to show proof of the desired name, such as a DBA/fictitious business name certificate or license, or IRS tax document.