Apple, stop invalidating my EPUBs with your iTunesMetadata.plist file

Dear Apple: I'm really tired of iTunes adding an iTunesMetadata.plist file to my original EPUB files every time I test said EPUB files on my iPad or iPhone through iTunes. To add insult to injury, every time you do it, it causes an error in ePubCheck—since the EPUB file now contains a non-manifested file—thus making the file invalid for uploading to your iBookstore. Could you please quit it? Sincerely, Liz Castro


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4 Comments on Apple, stop invalidating my EPUBs with your iTunesMetadata.plist file

  1. That’s unlikely to change. As you know, that plist is for iTunes being able to know wtf to do with the file.

  2. I’m starting to think the iBookstore makes EVERYTHING difficult. I don’t understand why I need a Mac to upload my ebooks, but okay. So I go to Lulu (on the advice of Joshua Tallent who did my ebook conversions) since they send everything to the iBookstore. First one went up within 2-3 days, faster than Lulu’s average of 3-4 days. So far, so good. The second title, which I published to Lulu on October 23, I’m still waiting for it to show up in the iBookstore (it’s 12/9 as I write this). The folks at Lulu (after bugging them) first said iBookstore was backlogged and my files were “pending,” but I just got an official email from Lulu saying it will take at least 30 days for books to appear in the iBookstore. From 3-4 days to 30! I can be up on Amazon in 24-48 HOURS, and it takes me 15 minutes to get it all uploaded from start to finish. I know I’m a small fish and Apple doesn’t care about me, but that’s a big FAIL in my eyes.

    Okay, end of rant. I feel a little better now. 🙂

  3. The censors need time to approve your work.

    • I was actually wondering about that since one of my covers is suggestive (the story is literary). What’s interesting is the first story I (successfully) published on the iBookstore has an ending that some could claim to be a little risque, but that was approved right away (cover art was mild, and I doubt anyone read to the end [if they even read at all]). I don’t like the idea of censors. Let the readers determine a work’s worth.

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