Apple Promotes Self-Published Titles with New 'Breakout Books' Section

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today introduced a new section of the iBookstore, featuring books that have been independently author-published to the iBookstore. Entitled "Breakout Books," the curated collection highlights titles that have earned four and five star reviews.
    Apple's content rival Amazon has long promoted books that are published via its Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Apple has carried and highlighted popular self-published books for quite some time, but the new section serves to put the indie titles further into the limelight.


    The featured books are organized into four categories: Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Mysteries & Thrillers, and More to Explore. There are 70 books in the section.

    According to The New York Times, price is a major incentive for the promotion, as most of the books in the featured section retail for far below the cost of a traditional publishing house book. The majority of the titles are priced at $6.99 or less, making them more affordable than the average book.

    eBook self-publishing and distribution platform Smashwords is where many of the featured titles originated. The site uploads submitted content to Apple, and founder Mark Coker says the relationship has been mutually beneficial, with many titles hitting Apple's best seller lists in a short period of time.
    Apple's "Breakout Books" section will remain featured at the top of the iTunes store for two weeks or more, after which it will be removed to a less prominent spot in the iBookstore.

    Article Link: Apple Promotes Self-Published Titles with New 'Breakout Books' Section
  2. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
  3. M-O macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    judging from the screen shot, chicks love to read.
  4. nazaar macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2008
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Riiiiight. So depiction of topless man and women making out is OK for Apple iBook store promo but nearly banned 500px over the mere possibility of seeing same IF one looked for it. Oh Apple, you slay me with your obtuse moral code. But I think I figured it out: it comes down to profit margins.
  6. NorEaster macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2012
    +1 for this post. I completely agree. It's a hypocritical move by Apple. Furthermore, if I had children and they had an iDevice, they could easily launch iBooks, got to the Bookstore, and see these titles. While this scenario wouldn't bother me as a parent, I can't see how Apple would be OK with promoting these titles (with this kind of cover art) while banning 500px.
  7. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth

    I don't waste my time reading soft core
  8. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    Pretty good stuff here. Now if they would do something like this for apps that would be super sweet!
  9. cirus macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2011
    I would use apple books but don't for two reasons.

    They are not accessible via itunes and must use ipad, iphone (i dont have one only a pc).

    I was not getting an iphone with a 3.5 inch screen to read books on (I got a new phone in june) considering I read a lot of books on my phone.

    Apple, if you open up ibooks for itunes/pc version i will gladly pay you for books.
  10. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Nah, it's US culture. We hate it when anything distracts us from non-stop glorified violence.
  11. jinkoh, Feb 5, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013

    jinkoh macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2012
    Folks, it's the Romance section

    And as an aspiring writer, this is awesome to see. I've never seen anything like this on Amazon..

    Plug, lol
  12. Navdakilla macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    I don't use iBooks much. But that's great that others do and that helps apple compete against amazon
  13. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
  14. malexandria Suspended

    Mar 25, 2009
    Never Seen on Amazon??

    wow, your statement boggles.
  15. apple-win macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    I would rather watch soap opera on TV, it is colour, it has audio and it is free.
    I think people can buy a stack of XXX VCDs for $6.99.

    How come there is no computer books, engineering books in the "Breakout Book" section :confused:
    It looks like this "Breakout Book" section is for ladies only :mad:
  16. HMI, Feb 5, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013

    HMI macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    A bit hypocritical, isn't it!

    Porn isn't allowed (which I think is good), but then they allow and promote all the romance books (emotional porn for women). Not cool! :mad:

    It makes me sick how women condemn porn vehemently, but then go and devour a bunch of these nasty books as if there is nothing wrong with how they portray men unrealistically, and how much the books create discontent for the real men in their lives.

    A bunch of double-standards we have!

    America really needs to address these double-standards soon! It's ridiculous!
  17. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Oh no! How will us men ever find a spot in this matriarchal tech-culture?
  18. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Probably gotta let that go. Apple, like most companies, runs on double standards no doubt.

    I for one love the idea of being able to self-publish. I'm going to write a book.
  19. Vizin, Feb 5, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  20. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Not everyone chooses to sit in front of an idiot box for all of their entertainment. But thank you for your riveting story.
  21. apple-win macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    Market demands hard-core XXX porn. Women like hard-core porns too. How come Apple does not set up a "Porn Materials" section for adults?
  22. Avicdar macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2004
    Nudity in iBooks

    I wonder if I were to create a photography book (say, on studio lighting) whether nudity from my portfolio would be allowed to demonstrate the lighting concepts.

    I could write such a book and have thought about it.

    Does the iBookstore have any photo related or other types of books that actually do contain nudity? I don't mean porn, obviously. :)
  23. apple-win macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    I don't think you are allowed to published nudity in iBooks.

    But you can use statue of Venus in your photographic book.
  24. HMI macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    It's a self-fulfilling prophesy!

    "Women buy more books", so publishers market to women and ignore men altogether, then women definitely buy more books, and men have less options available to them. Many publishers now are afraid to publish books aimed at men because they think it won't sell, because they are so used to marketing only to women that they don't even realize they've ignored men altogether for a long time.

    Just look at any mall now. 90% of anything at a mall is for women, but that didn't used to be so polarized and unbalanced a couple of decades ago. Now men have to go to the far back corner to find some things from a limited stock with less options available to choose from.

    I've noticed the same thing about new cars. More and more of the new car models that men may have chosen in the past are now released with mostly colors that women might choose.

    Society has been trying to write men out of the picture for a long time. It's really sad!

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