Understanding Book Distribution Methods

Jamf Pro provides two book distribution methods: install the book automatically/prompt users to install the book (iOS only), or make the book available in Self Service.

Install Automatically/Prompt Users to Install

When managed book requirements are met, the book is installed on iOS devices and users can view it with Apple’s iBooks app. If managed book requirements are not met, the book will be made available in Self Service for users to install. For more information, see Managed Book Requirements.

The book is installed automatically if the following conditions are met:

  • The device has iOS 8 or later.

  • The device is supervised.

    Note: For more information on supervision, see Apple’s documentation at:

  • The user is signed in to the App Store on the device.

  • The iBooks Store has not been disabled on the device.

  • The device is not configured to require an Apple ID password for all purchases.

  • If the book wasn't assigned to the user for managed distribution, the user has recently authorized an App Store purchase on the device, or the user's Apple ID has previously been used to install the book.

If these conditions are not met, users are prompted to install the book.

Note: If a user is in the scope for a book, the book will be installed automatically on all iOS devices that the user is assigned to in Jamf Pro if managed book requirements are met. On other iOS devices that do not meet managed book requirements or computers assigned to the same user, the book will be made available in Self Service.

Make Available in Jamf Self Service

When you distribute a book using this method, it is made available in Self Service for users to install. You can choose whether or not to make the book managed when possible. For more information, see Managed Book Requirements.

Related Information

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

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