If you’ve self-published a book (or two, or three) as I have, you know that getting your work on multiple selling platforms is super-important. (Think Amazon/Kindle, iBooks, Barnes & Noble/Nook, etc.)
But what if you want to unpublish your book so it’s no longer for sale on a particular platform, like iBooks? Knowing how to take a published book off iBooks can be tricky. In today’s blog, I’ve got a step-by-step video and screenshot-based tutorial on how to take a published book off iBooks, all the way from start to finish.
To initially self-publish a book on iBooks, you need an iTunes Connect account and a separate app that works with it, iTunes Producer. This is essentially an iTunes publisher application that Apple created just for self-published content.
However, here’s the tricky part. To take a book off iBooks, you need to do it through iTunes Connect, not Producer.
This definitely confuses things a bit. Thus, learning how to unpublish a book from iTunes isn’t straightforward without guidance. That’s why I put together this little tutorial on how to take a published book off iBooks. Check out the video version below (it’s under 60 seconds long!), or keep scrolling if you’re a reader like me who enjoys step-by-step instructions with screenshots.
Video: How to Take a Book I’m Selling Off iBooks
Step-by-Step Instructions: How to Take a Published Book Off iBooks
Follow these steps to learn how to update books in iBooks and remove them from the selling platform.
1. Log into iTunes Connect
First, log into iTunes Connect. Then, click on “My Books.”
2. Choose the Book You Want to Take Off iBooks
On the next screen (“My Books”), you should see all the books you have ever published on iBooks. Click on the one you want to remove.
4. Go to “Rights and Pricing”
On the next screen, you’ll see details about your published book. In the upper right corner, click on the button that says “Rights and Pricing.”
5. Navigate to “Edit Territories and Pricing”
On the “Rights and Pricing” page for the book you want to unpublish, you’ll see all the countries in which your book is for sale, plus pricing information. Click on the “Edit Territories and Pricing” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
6. Change the “Cleared for Sale” Field to “No”
On the “Edit Existing Territories” page, you’ll see a number of drop-down fields you can edit. Ignore all of them except for the one called “Cleared for Sale.” Click on it and change it to “No.”
7. Select All Existing Territories
On the same page (“Edit Existing Territories”), scroll down to the table with the heading “Apply to Existing Territories.” At the top right of the table, you’ll see two options: “Select All” and “Deselect All.”
Click “Select All.”
After you click “Select All,” scroll to the bottom of the page. Hit the “Continue” button on the bottom right.
7. Confirm Your Changes
After you hit “Continue,” another page will pop up showing your changes. (Note that the little green checkmarks will be gone from the “Cleared for Sale” column for all countries.)
Scroll down this page until you see the “Confirm” button at the bottom right. Click it.
After you click “Confirm,” iTunes Connect will take you back to the “Rights and Pricing” page. If you did everything correctly, under the “Status” column, each entry should read “Not On Store” next to a red bullet.
To see these changes reflected on the main page of your account, head back to the “My Books” page. (The link is in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Click it, then click the “My Books” icon in the drop-down window.)
End Result: How to Take a Published Book Off iBooks
Underneath the book you want to remove from iBooks, you should see a red bullet and the phrase “Not on # Stores”.
There you have it! Your published book should no longer be listed in iBooks or available for sale.
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