AirWatch can distribute public, internal, and purchased (VPP) books to large numbers of iOS devices. Device users can install books from their book catalog and display them either in the iBook application or Safari. The tool used to view the book depends on the type of book and whether it is managed. The system can display books acquired from the app store, internal organizational resources, or from Apple's Volume Purchase Program (VPP).
Basics of Books
To deploy books to devices, the environment must meet a few requirements for platform, operating system, and access. See Requirements to Deploy Books With AirWatch for information.
Upload Internal and Public Books
You can upload internal, public, and purchased (VPP) books to the AirWatch Console. View the applicable topic for steps to add books.
- Internal books – Add Internal Books to the AirWatch Console
- Public books – Add Public Books to the AirWatch Console
Add Purchased Books
The Apple VPP enables organizations to purchase iBooks in bulk for distribution. It displays these acquired books on the Purchased tab. For a list of supported OS versions and book types, see Support for Books Acquired from Apple's VPP.
Books support the managed distribution by Apple IDs method and the redemption code method for deployment.
Managed Distribution by Apple IDs
The managed distribution model by Apple IDs uses service tokens (also called sTokens) to retrieve your VPP contents and to distribute them to devices using the AirWatch Console. For an outline of how to use this distribution method, see Managed Distribution and AirWatch.
AirWatch cannot revoke licenses for books.
Redemption Code Deployment Method
The redemption code deployment method uses codes from a spreadsheet to retrieve your VPP contents and to distribute them to devices using the AirWatch Console. Use this method if your deployment consists of devices running iOS 6 or earlier. For an outline of how to use this distribution method, see Redemption Codes and AirWatch.
AirWatch can manage internal books for Apple iOS 8+ when you mark the book as Is Managed. For a list of the formats AirWatch can manage, see Management Options for Internal Books.
You have views and pages available to manage books.
Use the List View as a central location to sort, filter, and search for data for books. See List View Option Descriptions for Books.
Use the Manage Devices option to install and remove many internal books at once and to notify large numbers of iOS devices at once about books. See Manage Devices for Books.
You must deploy a book catalog to your end-users so that they can access books. The system pushes all books on-demand so users need the catalog to retrieve book assets. For configuration details, see Configure a Book Catalog to Deploy Books to Devices.