iBooks Author EULA claims all paid content is exclusive to Apple
Following Apple's iBooks Author announcement today, word started to circulate that content made with Apple's app could only be sold in Apple's iBookstore. Authors could freely distribute their work, but they couldn't sell it elsewhere.
After digging through the licensing PDF, Leanna thinks she might have found the pesky paragraph in question, namely, section 2.B.(ii).
It wouldn't be unusual for Apple to exert this level of control over content, but that doesn't make it any the less irksome. Given the pushback they faced following subscriptions, if this isn't an error from the outset, Apple will need to walk it back
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