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How iBooks Author Stacks Up to the Competition [CHART]

With the announcement of iBooks Author last week, the world of self-publishing seemed to open up a little wider, especially for authors looking for an easy way to format and distribute their own content.

At the same time, people raised concerns about the content restrictions of the iBooks Author tool. According to the contract in iBooks Author, books that writers charge for through the iBooks 2 store are subject to fees, which isn’t new — iTunes does the same thing with apps in the App Store. But the contract also stipulates books created with the Author tool may only be sold in the iBooks 2 store, and nowhere else. While some writers may deem the Apple iBooks store an adequate revenue stream, others may not welcome the regulations.

Still, self-publishing holds potential for many authors, especially now that 29% of U.S. adults own some kind of tablet or ereader.

If you are a writer who wants to take try the self-publishing route, we’ve assembled a comprehensive chart of all the potential tools available to you, as well as their prices and anything else you may need to know.

Are you an ebook publisher using something that didn’t make the list? Please let us know in the comments.

A chart comparing all the ePub tools available to users.

Bonus: A Step-By-Step Walkthrough of iBooks Author

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