Apple iBooks issues and solutions

Here is a list of the most common Apple iBooks issues (once fixed them, you do not have to publish your book again. You can upload a new ePub file or correct its metadata by simply heading to the book’s page and following these instructions):



  • It should accurately represent the book. The information on the cover art image should be spelled correctly and match the information provided in the metadata and book.
  • It must be at least 1400 pixels on the shortest side.
  • It can’t be blurry, pixelated, mismatched, misaligned, rotated, incorrect, or have other similar quality issues. The image should include only the front cover and not the back cover.
  • It for the book can’t be misleading. For example, the art shouldn’t include wording that refers to physical content or other content that isn’t included, such as “CD,” “Disc,” or “Audiobook.”
  • It can’t promote competing websites that sell books or compete with Apple Books.
  • Don’t include wording in the art that refers to pricing, such as “Reduced Price,” “Low Price,” “Available for $9.99,” or “For Promo Use.”
  • Don’t use any references to a book’s physical format, such as “Larger Text,” “Easy to Read,” “First time in print,” or something similar.



  • Author name: Keep it to a single author per author field. Two or more authors in the same author field, will result in a "compound author" error.
  • The title and subtitle need to be spelled correctly and match the cover art and book asset file.
  • Unnecessary information: Titles and subtitles can’t include additional information, such as search terms, keywords, or advertising, that isn’t necessary to identify the book.
  • Language: The appropriate language must be designated in the metadata and must match the main language of the book’s text.
  • Synopsis: The description needs to be formatted correctly. Use sentence case for descriptions with the correct use of line breaks. Also, the description should be complete. The description shouldn’t repeat information already provided in the metadata. In addition to that, the description should be unique for each book, even those included in a series. No duplicate descriptions for multiple books.



  • TOC: You must provide a complete, accurate listing of all chapters or sections in the table of contents. TOC must contain a list of links that lead to the appropriate sections of the book.
  • Images: Don’t submit images that are blurry, pixelated, mismatched, misaligned, rotated, incorrect, or have other quality issues (except in the case of artistic, historical, or otherwise intentional purposes). The image size can’t exceed 4 million pixels.
  • Competing websites: don't use your book to promote competing website that sell books or compete with iBooks.
  • Placeholders: Books can't contain placeholder text (such as "lorem ipsum" text) or placeholder images. Don't include iBooks Author template art unless it's related to the subject.
  • Rights infringement: Books can't contain materials that infringe the rights of order (for example, copyright, right of publicity, trademark, and so on).


Here is the complete Apple Books Formatting Guidelines.







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