Dieselt Sweeties creator R Stevens decided to create an eBook using Apple’s newly released iBook Author. The result was a month’s worth of comics that was outputted as a PDF ebook. He estimates that it was downloaded 10,000 times.
Response to the format has been “overwhelmingly positive,” Stevens said in a blog post, but there are some downsides. First, he says bandwidth required to provide the downloads is a problem, which could be overcome by selling the via the iBookstore, but that entails additional costs and operating within the confines of Apple’s marketplace. Stevens says this isn’t palatable since he “[doesn’t] like the idea of readers being geographically or economically restricted from downloading [his] comics.”