Writer and artist Shoo Rayner was so enthusiastic about iBooks Author that not only was he one of the first to do a book for it, he also did a YouTube video about creating it, which I embedded in a prior post.
Now reality has set in and having been exposed to The Apple Method, he has lost his enthusiasm for publishing another iBook again:
Let me yet again remind everyone of my bottom-line position: All current eBookstores suck and all of them should be platforms that people can tie into via APIs to sell on their own. They basically become malls where each of us rent (via transactional fees) our own space via APIs and do not have to answer to anyone about what the hell we are selling.
Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all the rest of them are fighting the disintermediation of themselves. But that’s as inevitable as all of the disintermediation they have done to others. Time for you lot to wake the hell up. There’s money to be made. More than you’ve been making — even though you will have to give up that outrageous thirty-percent cut you’ve been extracting from everybody you deem “worthy” of being included right now.