How to Edit Book Files

If you need to update the content of your book, you’ll need to submit an updated book file. The process of updating your book file is called book versioning. When you submit a new version of your book with an updated book file, customers who purchased your book will automatically be notified if the book is in their Library. They will see the release notes you included in the metadata, informing them what’s new in the updated book file. If they choose to download the new version, it will overwrite the previous book in their Library.

After you submit a new version of your book, you cannot revert to the previous version on Apple Books. If you need to make corrections, you must submit a new version.

Additional information regarding versioning can be found in the Apple Books Asset Guide.

The easiest way to submit a new version of your book depends on how your book was created:

  • If you created your book in Pages or iBooks Author, you can make changes to your files and resubmit from within the app.
  • If you used another book creation tool, use it to make your changes and resubmit the book through iTunes Producer.

How to update book files with iTunes Producer

  1. Search for your book in the Search iTunes Connect field. Do not use Open Recent.
  2. Make your updates.
    • For cover art, book file, or screenshot updates, select the file you’re updating and press Delete. Drag the new file in to the field.
  3. Confirm that the metadata and pricing panes reflect the correct information.
  4. Save changes.
  5. Click Submit.

If you're updating the book file, enter text in the “What's New in This Version” field, found on the Details pane. What you enter here appears on Apple Books, so customers can see what updates were made.

How to update book files with iBooks Author

If you created your book in iBooks Author, you should make and submit your updates with iBooks Author as well.

  1. Open iBooks Author and make the updates to your book.
  2. Click Publish in the header, or choose Publish from the File menu.
  3. Follow the instructions until you reach Add Version Info.
  4. Select “This is an update to a previously published book” and click Continue.
  5. Select the current version of the book you're updating and enter a new version number. Version numbers should be a decimal-separated number. Be sure to:
    • List a maximum of two decimals, three components, and four numbers per component. For example: 1111.1111.1111
    • Avoid initial zeros. We interpret 1.01 as 1.1.
    • Keep your versions in numerical order. We consider 1.10 as the next — or updated — version of its 1.9 predecessor.
    • Avoid letters, hyphens, underscores, or other invalid characters.
  6. Click Continue and follow the instructions.

How to update book files with Pages

If you created your book in Pages, you should make and submit your updates with Pages as well.

  1. Open the Pages document and make the updates to your book.
  2. Click “Publish to Apple Books” from the File menu.
  3. Follow the prompts and select “This is an update to a previously submitted book.”
  4. On the next screen, select the correct book title.
  5. On the same screen, you will see a new version number. You can leave this as is or edit it it to a version number of your choice. Version numbers should be a decimal-separated number, like versions 1.0 and 2.0. Be sure to:
    • List a maximum of two decimals, three components, and four numbers per component. For example: 1111.1111.1111
    • Avoid initial zeros. We interpret 1.01 as 1.1.
    • Keep your versions in numerical order. We consider 1.10 as the next — or updated — version of its 1.9 predecessor.
    • Avoid letters, hyphens, underscores, or other invalid characters.
  6. Confirm that the metadata for your book is correct.
  7. Click Upload.

Troubleshooting book updates

Can I make updates to the book while it's in review?

Yes. Any changes made will overwrite what was previously submitted and restart the review process.

How do I update my book’s series information?

It depends on whether your series is already linked together on Apple Books. Learn more about updating series information.

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