Jelbert 08/07/12 – iBookstore release date frustration!

I just discovered something really odd about the release dates on the iTunes iBookstore.

My book was released on Apple’s iTunes iBookstore last month but unfortunately the release date was showing up on screen as 2010. I contacted iTunes Support who told me that there was great news – the date would be changed and the book would go into the ‘New and Noteworthy’ section of the iBookstore.

Adam check on the iBookstore today and noticed that in this ‘New and Noteworthy’ section, if you search by release date the books that come up have release dates that are set at some date in the future, even though the books are downloadable now. How can this be? This means that all the ‘New and Noteworthy’ books with the correct dates are so far back after doing this search that customers will never get to them.

When I searched in the children’s section of the iBookstore in this way, the first book to come up had a release date of 2025! Why is Apple allowing this? These incorrect dates are distorting the searches that potential customers are carrying out, and it’s extremely frustrating for authors who have the correct dates attached to their books.

I can’t remember being asked for the release date/ published date when I uploaded my book, and indeed any eBook author will know that this date will not be certain at the point of upload  as Apple can take a long time to give your work the all clear.

I was really excited to hear my book will appear in the ‘New and Noteworthy’ section, but now I feel slightly depressed by the whole thing.


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