Today we announced the acquisition of Demibooks Inc. by Education Development Corporation. Demibooks will discontinue publishing to the App Store and to focus on publishing to Demibooks Storytime. Let’s take a quick look at what the plans are for our products and services.
What stays the same?
The core products for our digital publishing and school offerings stay the same. Demibooks Composer Pro and Demibooks Storytime will continue to be available in the App Store. The limited version of Demibooks Composer and Demibooks Share for sharing projects privately will also remain in the App Store. Current Demibooks Composer Studio subscribers and anyone with a publishing or update credit will be able to continue to use those products until their expiration date. App Store publishing will be subject to iOS9 compliance deadlines (see below).
So what changes?
As of October 31st, the following go into effect:
- We will no longer sell subscriptions to Demibooks Composer Studio. Current subscribers will receive a final version 2.10.
- Printshop will no longer sell App Store Publishing, Update or Training credits.
- Existing credits will continue to be valid for 1 year from the purchase date or the new iOS9 compliance deadline that is yet to be announced by Apple. The new iOS9 compliance rules may force us to remove this service earlier than planned. We strongly encourage submitting apps to the App Store this calendar year prior to the to-be-announced iOS9 compliance deadline.
- Demibooks will suspend the Schools Program. Schools can, of course, continue using Composer and Share as a creativity platform in the classroom.
Our decision to discontinue App Store publishing stems from the lack of profitability in the App Store
for both our customers and Demibooks. The model simply has not worked. Publishing in Storytime ensures high quality content is still published, and at the same time insulates publishers from changing iOS requirements such as the need for higher resolution assets. Our support emails and support forum at GetSatisfaction remain as before. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions during this transition time.