Apple has released information for aspiring authors on how they can self-publish their books on the iBookstore. This is game changer for the publishing industry as authors now can choose to sell books without a publisher, distributor or agent. Authors can choose how much to charge and which countries to sell to, with Apple taking 30% cut of the revenue as with the App Store.
There are some requirements which are fairly straightforward:
* You need a US tax ID, which means this service is currently only for US authors.
* You need to have an iTunes Store account with a credit card on file.
* You need an Intel Mac with OS X 10.5 or later, as you need to encode your eBook with Apple software, presumably with DRM to protect your book for viewing in iPhone or iPad only.
* Your need to obtain an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) for each of your book. Check out the FAQs on [isbn.org](http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/isbn/us/isbnqa.asp) for details.
* You need to convert your eBook into [ePub format](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epub). There are [many tools available and some are free](http://www.lexcycle.com/faq/how_to_create_epub). And the book in epub format must also pass the [epubcheck](http://code.google.com/p/epubcheck/).
If you find the requirements boggling, you can get help with [Apple approved aggregator](https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa/wo/126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.3.7).
[Click here to get started selling your book](http://itunes.com/sellyourbooks)