Apple Launched a Publishing Portal for Book Authors – And You Don’t Need a Mac to Use It!

Apple still doesn’t care if you want to read an ebook you buy from them on non-Apple hardware, but they have finally launched a publishing portal that anyone can access using a web browser.

David Gaughran brings us the news that Apple launched a new portal today called Apple Books for Authors. This is primarily an information portal, and it has lots of useful info on marketing, ebook design, audiobooks, cover images, and so on, but if you drill down you will discover that there’s a new way to upload Epub ebooks to be sold in Apple Books.

You can find the upload page here. (You’ll still an iTunesConnect account to upload ebooks, but you can set that up using your existing Apple account.)

This is a huge change for Apple; they used to require that you use a macOS-only app to upload ebooks, or go through a distributor such as Draft2Digital. (Another way around this was to lease a Mac in the cloud, and run the app there.) Now everything is accessible via a web browser.

Go check it out!

Apple Books for Authors

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Disgusting Dude8 May, 2020

    Only took tgem nine years.
    Does it even matter anymore?
    (Maybe that’s why they’re venturing out of the AppleSphere? Declining sales?)

  2. M.8 May, 2020

    Thank you so much! Recently I was told to update itunes producer (the app you needed to upload). I then discovered that the new version requires a higher OS than the one I have, at least High Sierra. Of course my old Mac isn’t supported. Maybe this new portal will solve the problem.

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 May, 2020

      Ugh, that kinda sucks!

  3. Kevin10 May, 2020

    This is great news. For those who use PC tools and then submit epub books to Amazon (who then convert it to their proprietary format), it just became painless to add the same book to Apple bookstore. Admittedly the Apple book store only has about 10% market share, but painlessly adding 10% is fantastic.

  4. Steve H12 May, 2020

    Cool idea, but it is missing 1 big thing and one small thing; while the interface is easy/simple to use ala the step-by-step process familiar to users of KDP or Nook Press, it does not let you add any screen shots. This is a big bummer as there is no way to do it whithin Apple’s catalog structure or in Itunes Connect after the initial setup is complete. No a biggie for fiction, but non-fiction images are important to helping get a sale.

    And one small thing, is they forgot that some people might want to add more than one title. Currently you cannot find a way to do that once in Itunes Connect. You must log out then start again (and login again ) at the new author’s Portal. Kinda a hassle when they could just add a new button to the existing iTunes Connect menu.

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  7. Kimberly5 December, 2020

    I keep getting an error that says: i need to provide a content provider–any idea what this is?

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