Jamf Pro allows you to distribute eBooks that are available in the iBooks Store to computers, mobile devices, and users. Jamf Pro provides two distribution methods for iBooks Store eBooks: install the eBook automatically/prompt users to install the eBook (iOS only), or make the eBook available in Self Service. After an eBook is installed, users can view it using Apple’s iBooks app.
When you distribute an eBook available in the iBooks Store, you add it to Jamf Pro and configure settings for the eBook. Then, you specify the computers, mobile devices, and users that should receive it (called “scope”).
Note: Teachers can also distribute eBooks (ePub format only) to classes using Casper Focus 9.1 or later. This automatically adds the eBook to Jamf Pro and distributes the eBook to the student mobile devices in the class(es) that the teacher specifies. For more information on Casper Focus features, see the Casper Focus User Guide. This guide is available at:
Note: eBooks available in the iBooks Store cannot be distributed to personally owned mobile devices.
When you distribute an eBook available in the iBooks Store, you can also associate Volume Purchase Program (VPP) codes with the eBook and track their redemption.
Note: Jamf Pro also supports VPP-managed distribution, which involves VPP assignments instead of VPP codes. For more information, see User-Based VPP Assignments.
For more information on VPP, visit one of the following websites:
To distribute an eBook available in the iBooks Store, the eBook must be an ePub file (.epub) or iBooks file (.ibooks).
To install an ePub file, you need:
A mobile device with iOS 4 or later and iBooks 1.0 or later
A computer with macOS 10.9 or later and an application to view eBooks
To install an iBooks file, you need:
An iPad with iOS 5 or later and iBooks 2.0 or later
A computer with macOS 10.9 or later and iBooks 1.0 or later
Distributing an iBooks Store eBook
Log in to Jamf Pro.
Click Computers, Devices, or Users at the top of the page.
Click New .
Select eBook available in the iBooks Store and click Next.
Do one of the following:
To add the eBook by browsing the iBooks Store, enter the name of the eBook, choose an iBooks Store country, and click Next. Then click Add for the eBook you want to add.
To add the eBook by uploading a VPP code spreadsheet, click Choose File and upload the Excel spreadsheet (.xls) that contains VPP codes for the eBook.
To add the eBook by manually entering information about it, click Enter Manually.
Note: iBooks files (.ibooks) may need to be added manually.
Use the General pane to configure settings for the eBook, including the display name and distribution method.
Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the eBook.
For more information, see Scope.
(Optional) Click the Self Service tab and configure the way the eBook is displayed in Self Service. You can customize the text displayed in the description for the eBook in Self Service by using Markdown in the Description field.
For information about Markdown, see the following Knowledge Base article:
Using Markdown to Format Text
(Optional) If you have not already uploaded a VPP code spreadsheet, click the VPP Codes tab and upload the Excel spreadsheet (.xls) that contains VPP codes for the eBook.
Note: The VPP Codes tab is only displayed if the Free checkbox is not selected.
For eBooks set to the “Install Automatically” distribution method, eBooks are installed the next time mobile devices in the scope check in with Jamf Pro. Users can view installed eBooks with Apple's iBooks app.
For eBooks set to the ”Make Available in Self Service” distribution method and eBooks that cannot be installed automatically, eBooks are available in Self Service for users to install the next time Self Service is launched.
eBooks are enabled by default when added to Jamf Pro. This means you can edit the eBook details and assign licenses, and the eBook will be displayed in Self Service or installed on computers and mobile devices based on the selected distribution method. You can disable an eBook by deselecting the Enable checkbox. This stops the eBook's subsequent installations and it is not displayed in Self Service. You cannot edit eBook details if it is disabled.
An eBook will be automatically disabled in Jamf Pro if it is a VPP-managed distribution item that has been removed from the iBook Store. You will not be able to assign licenses, and the installation commands will not be sent. The eBook will not be displayed in Self Service. An automatically disabled VPP-managed distribution item will not be removed from computers or mobile devices that already have this item installed.
For related information, see the following sections in this guide:
Find out how to distribute in-house eBooks.
Viewing eBooks for a Computer
Find out how to view the eBooks in the scope of a computer.
Viewing eBooks for a Mobile Device
Find out how to view the eBooks in the scope of a mobile device.
Viewing the Pending Management Commands for a Mobile Device
Find out how to view and cancel pending eBook installations and removals for a mobile device.