Submit Updates

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

Yes, you can still submit updates while the book is in review. Any changes made will overwrite what was previously submitted.

Note making updates will restart the review process.

My book is already available on Apple Books but I want to make changes to the metadata (such as to the description). How do I update the metadata?

If you want to only update the following metadata, sign in to iTunes Connect and select the book in My Books to make the changes:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Description
  • Primary Category
  • Category

If you update the book description in iTunes Connect, you can use HTML tags. However, don’t use the following HTML tags, since these can cause issues on Apple Books:

  • <font>
  • <table>
  • <div>
  • <ol>

Also, make sure you don’t have any “escaped” HTML tags. For example, the string &#60;B&#62; will appear as <B> in a description instead of making the text bold.

If you want to only update the following information, contact us so we can assist with these changes:

  • Interest Age
  • Minor author updates (such as capitalization, localization, or punctuation)

For all other updates (such as adding a new author name or if you want to also adjust territory rights and pricing), open the book package in iTunes Producer, make the change, and click Submit. To open the book package, enter the book’s title, Apple ID, ISBN, or Vendor ID in the “Search iTunes Connect” field.

How do I update my book’s series information?

If your series was not approved, open the book package in iTunes Producer, update the series information in the Details pane, and click Submit. You will know if the series is approved if you see “Other Books in This Series” at the bottom of the book’s product page on iBooks.

If your series was approved, contact us to request an update to the book’s series information.

I made changes to the book file and cover art. How do I replace what’s currently available on Apple Books with an updated book file and cover art?

Take these steps to submit an updated book file and/or cover art using iTunes Producer:

  1. Sign in to iTunes Producer.
  2. Enter the title, Apple ID, ISBN, or Vendor ID in the “Search iTunes Connect” field.
  3. Make sure all of the information is still accurate in the Details and Price panes. If you have a final or updated cover art, add it in the Details pane.
  4. If you have an updated book file, add it to the left-hand side of the Files pane. *
  5. Click Submit.

  6. If you created the book with iBooks Author and want to submit the updated book file, click Publish from the tool bar in iBooks Author and then submit with iTunes Producer.

After you click Submit, the changes will need to get reviewed before they are available on Apple Books.

What is book versioning?

Similar to apps, you can deliver a new version of your book (an updated book file), and customers who previously purchased your book will automatically get notified of the new version on Apple Books. When they are notified, they will see the release notes you included in the metadata, informing them of what’s new in the updated book file. For example, if your book is part of a series, you can add an excerpt of the next book at the end of the previous book and notify customers that the book file was updated to include an excerpt of the next book.

After you submit a new version of your book, this is the book file new customers will purchase.

If I submit a new version of my book, will customers who previously purchased the book have to buy the new version?

No. Customers who previously purchased your book can download the new version on Apple Books. The new version will overwrite the previous book in their library.

I submitted a new version of my book, but I want to revert to the previous version. Is that possible?

No. Once you have submitted 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.