New features for iBooks StoryTime, EPUBCheck 4.0.1, and Transporter 1.9.2.

December 9, 2016

iBooks StoryTime

iBooks StoryTime brings the Read Aloud experience to life on Apple TV. The app is currently available to download from the Apple TV App Store in 29 countries around the world.

Customers who have downloaded iBooks StoryTime will be able to enjoy Read Aloud books they already own, as well as purchase select Read Aloud titles from a curated featured section, directly from their TV.

To learn more about iBooks StoryTime, and ways you can optimize your files for this new Read Aloud experience, refer to our FAQs.

Winter Delivery Deadlines

The busiest season on iBooks is almost here. If you want to release new books on iBooks in December 2016 and January 2017, check the adjusted delivery deadlines communicated last month and posted below for convenience.

Release Date Book Delivery Deadline
December 18-31, 2016 Monday, December 14, 2016 (PST)
January 1-8, 2017 Friday, December 18, 2016 (PST)


During this time, you can still submit books, access iTunes Connect, set up promotional pricing, and use tools like iTunes Producer. However, your book may not become available on its release date if you deliver after the delivery deadlines.

Publisher Support Winter Schedule

If you have questions or need support, you can reach out to our iBooks Publisher Support team. However, keep in mind that they won’t be available on the below dates, and response times on or around these dates may be delayed:

Support Language Apple Offices Closed
English December 25, 2016 (PST)
January 1, 2017 (PST)
Japanese January 1, 2017 (JST)


Validate Books with EPUBCheck 4.0.1

EpubCheck is a tool to validate EPUB files and can detect whether the files are structured according to the International Digital Publishing Forum's specifications.

All EPUB files submitted to iBooks must pass EpubCheck version 4.0.1. Various validation tools exist for this. One of the easiest and most comprehensive is the IDPF's free online EPUB validation service, which also include a “pre-flight” check.

Transporter 1.9.2

Transporter contains new error messages, new and updated examples, and bug fixes, as well as the following enhancements:

  • EPUBCheck 4.0.1 validations. All files will be validated using the latest version of EPUBCheck, in addition to specific iBooks validations.
  • Updated system requirements. Transporter no longer supports Windows XP. See System and Network Requirements for more details.

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