requesting titles to add to iBooks Store when original publisher appears to be out of business

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Does anyone know the best way for me to request a title to add to the iBooks Store when the original publisher appears to have gone out of business? I make this assumption because I could not find a website or any contact information, but there are new and used hardcopy (paper and ink) copies of the book available on and other places. should I write to Apple with the book title, original publisher and ISBN numbers? thank you.



Submitted by Paul on Monday, February 20, 2017

Apple can't do anything if the book doesn't have a publisher that's still in business. Even if the publisher were still in business, Apple still might not be able to do anything. If you are absolutely determined to have the book, your best bet would be trying to track down the author or their agent and make a request to them, but you likely won't get a response. You may not be able to get the book you wanted, but if you have a look at Amazon's recommendations for other books you might like, you might find another book that you'll love. I've been in a similar situation, so I know how frustrating it can be, but there really is nothing much us mere mortals can do about it.

I originally overlooked your comment about new print books being available. In this case, it may just be the case that the publisher hasn't published an eBook edition, and that would then be far outside Apple's ability to remedy without cooperation from the publisher. It's a fact of life in this digital age that not all books are available in eBook or audio book formats. It happens especially with old books, but even with some new books it still happens.

Your best course of action, unless you're desperate for the book, is just to find another book.

Submitted by david s on Monday, February 20, 2017


If you’re in the US, have you tried BARD? They have a large collection of old books that they converted to Audio and Braille format.

If you’re not in the US, post your location and someone familiar can assist.

HTH and good luck.

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