What Is an Ebook?

Digital books are composed of different kinds of files bundled together to create a package. Most book packages contain assets, metadata, and cover art. You send the package to Apple, and we review it.

We have standards to ensure that our customers enjoy a safe and engaging experience on Apple Books, and publishers have a great opportunity to be successful. As you begin to format your book, make sure that it complies with our Apple Books Formatting Guidelines and Apple Books Asset Guide.

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Convert your book to a digital format

There are different types of digital partners who can help get your books on Apple Books:

  • Aggregators help format, deliver, and manage books. If you don’t know how to create digital books or if you need production help, consider working with an aggregator. They may also offer book status updates and sales reports, as well as marketing and operational help. If you sell any books, we pay the aggregator directly, and the aggregator pays you.
  • Conversion houses specialize in converting books into files for Apple Books. If you prefer to manage your own books and account, but don’t know how to create books in the digital EPUB format, you may want to work with a conversion house. If you sell any books, we pay you directly.
  • Delivery houses can deliver books that have already been formatted for Apple Books on your behalf. They don’t provide formatting services.

Find out more about Apple-preferred aggregators and conversion houses

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