Books Available in the iBooks Store

Jamf Pro allows you to distribute books that are available in the iBooks Store to computers, mobile devices, and users. Jamf Pro provides two distribution methods for iBooks Store books: install the book automatically/prompt users to install the book (iOS only), or make the book available in Self Service. After an book is installed, users can view it using Apple’s iBooks app.

When you distribute a book available in the iBooks Store, you add it to Jamf Pro and configure settings for the book. Then, you specify the computers, mobile devices, and users that should receive it (called “scope”).

Note: Teachers can also distribute books (ePub format only) to classes using Casper Focus 9.1 or later. This automatically adds the book to Jamf Pro and distributes the book 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:

https://www.jamf.com/resources/product-documentation/casper-focus-user-guide/

Note: Books available in the iBooks Store cannot be distributed to personally owned mobile devices.

VPP Codes

When you distribute a book available in the iBooks Store, you can also associate Volume Purchase Program (VPP) codes with the book 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:

Requirements

To distribute a book available in the iBooks Store, the book 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 books

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 Book

  1. Log in to Jamf Pro.

  2. Click Computers, Devices, or Users at the top of the page.

  3. Click eBooks.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/17931605/Icon_New_Button.png .

  5. Select eBook available in the iBooks Store and click Next.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To add the book by browsing the iBooks Store, enter the name of the book, choose an iBooks Store country, and click Next. Then click Add for the book you want to add.

    • To add the book by uploading a VPP code spreadsheet, click Choose File and upload the Excel spreadsheet (.xls) that contains VPP codes for the book.

    • To add the book by manually entering information about it, click Enter Manually.

    Note: iBooks files (.ibooks) may need to be added manually.

  7. Use the General pane to configure settings for the book, including the display name and distribution method.

  8. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the book.
    For more information, see Scope.

  9. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and configure the way the book is displayed in Self Service. You can customize the text displayed in the description for the book 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

  10. (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 book.
    Note: The VPP Codes tab is only displayed if the Free checkbox is not selected.

  11. Click Save.
    For books set to the “Install Automatically” distribution method, books are installed the next time mobile devices in the scope check in with Jamf Pro. Users can view installed books with Apple's iBooks app.
    For books set to the ”Make Available in Self Service” distribution method and books that cannot be installed automatically, books are available in Self Service for users to install the next time Self Service is launched.

Further Considerations

Books are enabled by default when added to Jamf Pro. This means you can edit the book details and assign licenses, and the book will be displayed in Self Service or installed on computers and mobile devices based on the selected distribution method. You can disable a book by deselecting the Enable checkbox. This stops the book's subsequent installations and it is not displayed in Self Service. You cannot edit book details if it is disabled.

A book 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 book 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.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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