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Nearly 800 O'Reilly and Microsoft Press titles now available in iBookstore

There are now nearly 800 O’Reilly and Microsoft Press titles available in the iBookstore, with several hundred more to come in the weeks ahead. Ebooks are already a big part of our publishing business, and we know many are read on iOS devices. Having those ebooks available for sale in the iBookstore makes it even easier to find, buy, and read hundreds of O’Reilly and Microsoft Press titles on iOS devices. As always, there’s no DRM on ebooks sold by O’Reilly, so it’s easy to read the open-standard EPUB files purchased from the iBookstore on nearly any device with EPUB support.

Several titles that in print form included supplemental material on CD or DVD are being repackaged to more clearly indicate where that supplemental material can be found for ebook customers, and those titles will be added to the iBookstore gradually in the coming weeks.

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For now iBooks availability is limited to the US and Canada, though our intention is to make the full catalog of titles from O’Reilly, Microsoft Press, and all of our digital distribution clients available in every territory with an iBookstore. Unfortunately, for now iBooks does not support updates for ebooks, but each title includes information about how to upgrade your iBookstore purchase with oreilly.com for $4.99 to get access to additional DRM-free formats and free lifetime updates.

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Comments: 19

  1. It’s refreshing to hear a publisher taking readers outside the US and Canada into consideration.

    I live in Switzerland, and thanks to your DRM-free formats I can already read my purchased O’Reilly titles in iBooks on my iPad and iPhone.

    That’s a WIN.

  2. This is great. I no longer purchase paper books. Thanks to orielly for making this possible

  3. How does this fit together for those of us already using Safari Library online? I am still awaiting the day that I can access what’s there in a nicely formatted way on the iPad, or perhaps an Android tablet….

  4. I already own many of the books that I use regularly (they are awesome) but they’re all full price in the iBookstore. At least the standalone iphone apps were an incremetal upcharge which is reasonable to get the same content electronically, but to pay full fare twice is asking a little much. You’re implying 100% of the cost is in the creation and distribution of the media. There should be some way to send in the front cover (or something) and pay $5-10$ one time to get the electronic version of something I already own in hardcopy.

  5. Did I mention how much I love O’Reilly’s approach to the e-book market? No DRM, multiple formats, you can pay a small free to have any paper books you currently own also available electronically, AND they have daily sales cheap enough (just order $10) to make you more than willing to give some new title a shot. It’s a great business model that’s working fantastically for them.

    Tim O’Reilly said in a New Yorker article from earlier this year that “[Publishers] think their customer is the bookstore … [they] never built the infrastructure to respond to customers.” He’s got it exactly right.

  6. @Paul — If you already own an O’Reilly print book, you can get the same $4.99 ebook upgrade offer by registering it at http://oreilly.com/register/

  7. Awesome. You should get that info out there more clearly somehow. I’m sure there are a lot in my situation. Thank you.

  8. Are the content of the O’Reilly epubs purchased via the iBookstore in any way materially different from the epubs purchased via oreilly.com? I ask because I have been buying ebooks via oreilly.com and will continue to do so unless there is additional content available in the iBookstore versions, though I doubt this is the case.

  9. @Bill — there’s no material difference in the EPUB sold via iBooks and what’s sold via oreilly.com (the only difference is the additional information about the upgrade offer to get the same multiple formats and free updates you’re already getting from oreilly.com).

  10. I too am waiting for my O’Reilly Safari books to be available in something other than HTML format so that I can read them on an iPad. I would have purchased an iPad this year if I’d had this ability.

  11. I commend O’Reilly for there vision with their eBook “upgrade” and the “eBook Deal of the Day” policies [although the Daily Deal price has been creeping up & up recently 8(].

    I too am moving to only buying eBooks, and have a wall full of past hard-copies which I have replaced with the eBook where possible (unfortunately only about 40% come in eBooks) & are donnating the hard-copies to a local library.

    I wish the other publishers would take O’Reillys’ lead & offer eBook upgrade deals etc.

    Thankyou & keep up the good work.


  12. Andrew, I was convinced that to sell ebooks via the iBooks Store you should accept the Apple DRMs! So you are saying that there is a way to tell Apple please don’t put your DRMs on top of my epubs and let them free? Could you provide some detail? We are finalizing the agreement with Apple to sell our ebooks there, and would be very happy to avoid their DRM make our titles not suitable for non-apple devices!

    Thank you!

  13. Look at what I read in the official iBookstore FAQ:

    “Books downloaded from the iBookstore can be placed on up to five computers you own that you’ve authorized with your iTunes Store account. You can sync your books to all iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches you own.”

    So it looks like the ebooks you buy from the iBookstore are locked to the Apple devices, and a closed number of them. So how could you tell that “there’s no DRM on ebooks sold by O’Reilly, so it’s easy to read the open-standard EPUB files purchased from the iBookstore on nearly any device with EPUB support.”?

  14. @Antonio — Publishers have the option when uploading their books via the iTunes interface whether to enable DRM or not. All of our books are uploaded as DRM-free, and the restrictions you’ve described should not apply to our ebooks (please do let us know if you encounter any difficulties so we can work with Apple to resolve them).

  15. Curious decision from a few perspectives given O’Reilly’s history. What’s your stance on Amazon’s Kindle ereaders and Barnes and Noble’s Nook?

    It seems like choosing the Apple iBookstore is having the reader locked into Apple’s devices, while the other two are device independent, and therefore offer less lock in for the reader. I’d rather know that I can read my content on future Android tablets in addition to Apple’s devices, and the other two offer that, where Apple does not. (Kindle supported more of Apple’s devices than Apple for a few months!)

    Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

  16. @Robert — As mentioned in the post, our ebooks sold via the iBookstore are sold without any DRM or other restrictions, so they can be read on any device that supports EPUB (you’d just need to pull them out of the Books folder within your iTunes Library, same as with a music file). Nearly all of our titles are already available on Kindle (where they are also DRM-free, so can be read on any device that can read the Mobipocket format used by Kindle) and on Nook, which is EPUB-based (and again, all of our titles are sold without any DRM). We have deliberately remained out of the Sony store, because while the format used is EPUB, they do not (currently) let a publisher sell without DRM.

  17. (Note: I am an O’Reilly customer, not an employee)

    @Robert As I mentioned above, I’ve been buying O’Reilly ebooks for a number of years from oreilly.com, and in my opinion, buying directly from O’Reilly is your best bet because:

    1. You get several formats, DRM-free and can therefore import into most devices, and
    2. You actually get book updates, a feature that is not currently supported by the iBookstore and I believe other e-bookstores as well

    If you choose to pursue this route, here are a few helpful resources:

    1. The O’Reilly ebooks landing page that describes the formats and philosophy: http://oreilly.com/ebooks/
    2. Complete ebook list: http://oreilly.com/store/ebooks-complete.html
    3. The ebook deal of the day RSS feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/oreilly/ebookdealoftheday

  18. I’ve recently purchased a bunch of ebooks from your site to read on my iPad and PC. Love that they are DRM-free and in multiple formats. What I want now is a retina screen on my next iPad (it’d improve the reading experience a lot). It’s also great to hear that you are thinking of us outside the US. I also buy Kindle books and so often I can buy the physical book from Amazon but not the ebook.

    An improvement I’d like to see in your ebooks is higher resolution graphics and colour. In my O’Reilly SQL Server books, the screenshots are fuzzy and hard to read. Decent quality graphics wouldn’t make the book files much larger.

  19. I have a huge collection of paper books by O’Reilly built up over the last couple of decades. Great books but heavy to lug between work and home. With e-Books on my iPad, I carry my entire library with me everywhere.

    O’Reilly groks e-Books. By committing to DRM-free publishing in multiple formats, reasonable pricing, great daily deals and cheap upgrades from paper to e-Book, O’Reilly is doing more for the world of e-Books than any other publisher.

    In a world where content producers seem to assume every customer is a criminal intent on stealing and distributing their content, O’Reilly is a breath of fresh air which is why, given the choice, I will always buy O’Reilly over anyone else.