In the last few days, Apple has announced that iBooks Author and iTunes U will be discontinued soon. iTunes U will be discontinued by the end of 2021 and iBook Author is going to be left working, but it will no longer be maintained for the foreseeable future.
iBooks Author will work, but Apple won’t be maintaining it going forward and Apple has said Pages is the app to be used for book publishing.
“iBooks Author will no longer be updated, and it won’t be available to new users as of July 1, 2020. If you’ve previously downloaded the app, you can still access it from your App Store purchase history. You can continue to use iBooks Author on macOS 10.15 and earlier, and books previously published to Apple Books from iBooks Author will remain available.”
iTunes U was a way for universities to get courses and free educational material as well as homework, quizzes and much more. Overtime, Apple has been moving some iTunes U content to Apple Podcasts. iTunes U will be available next year and will be discontinues at the end of 2021.