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tonal Calculating status...
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Apr 3, 2010 6:03 PM
Can I share a purchased book from my iPad with another iPad owner?
MacBook Pro Summer 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Fotonat Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2010 6:30 AM (in response to tonal)
    I have the same question. If I purchase a second iPad for a family member, can I share an iBooks once I am done reading it.
    imac g5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 6:33 AM (in response to tonal)
    No, that is against the EULA you signed up to UNLESS that person is in your direct family and you share the same iTunes account.

    But you knew that really and were hoping that the publishers would let ebooks just be passed around like paperbacks ....
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3GS 32G
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,740 points)
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    Apr 4, 2010 6:57 AM (in response to tonal)
    Books bought at the Apple store are treated the same way that music and apps are. Any iPad that's registered on your iTunes account can use the book. No, you cannot give them to others - this is one of the downsides of eBooks - and it is true of every eBook reader. (The Nook sorta kinda but really doesn't let one share a book with friends and family. It is limited to 1 share that lasts for 2 weeks. In other words, my mother would get into the middle of the book and it would expire )
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  • bonbon2468 Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:05 PM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    Can I get some clarification? My husband, daughter, and I all have iPods and share an itunes account. We share the same music and load it on all of our ipods.

    If we all get our own iPads, will be be able to share the same books the same way? If so, this is great. We often read the same books, so being able to share ebooks with an iPad makes this an even better purchase than a Kindle.

    Thanks in advance.
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:09 PM (in response to bonbon2468)
    bonbon2468 wrote:
    Can I get some clarification? My husband, daughter, and I all have iPods and share an itunes account. We share the same music and load it on all of our ipods.

    If we all get our own iPads, will be be able to share the same books the same way? If so, this is great. We often read the same books, so being able to share ebooks with an iPad makes this an even better purchase than a Kindle.

    Yes, absolutely - you are all in the same family, using the same iTunes account. Go for it !
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS 32G
  • bonbon2468 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:10 PM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    Fabulous! Thanks for the info. I want to make sure I'm getting what I want before making my purchase.
  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 1:18 PM (in response to bonbon2468)
    You do know that Kindle allows sharing among KIndles on the same Amazon account?
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  • PeterTraveler Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 8:20 PM (in response to tonal)
    Dear Apple,

    My needs are simple.

    1) I need to be able to read an ebook on the iPad or iPhone. I read a lot on the iPhone right now using Kindle and B&N. The Kindle will sync on both so iBooks needs too!!

    2) I need to be able to share books with friends. I can share B&N books with friends. When I get a good book, I want to share with with my circle of reading friends. I buy 40 to 50 books a year as it is. I love reading. And I love sharing.

    Apple, please provide these two features!

    Pete
  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 8:26 PM (in response to PeterTraveler)
    It cannot be counted on for anybody at Apple to read these forum threads. This is a user to user area, so open letters to Apple are really not going to hit the mark. Please address your requests to Apple.
    IMac Intel 20" , Mac Mini PPC and MacBook Pro 2.2 ghz (4GB RAM, SSD), Mac OS X (10.5), iPhone 3G
  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,740 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 2:50 AM (in response to PeterTraveler)
    A) you are talking to other users here, not Apple. Use apple.com/feedback to talk to Apple

    B) this is up to the book publishers not Apple
    20 + 24 iMac • 13" + 15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.3), WinXP • Linux • iPhone 3GS • Touch • iPad
  • leslie.shen Calculating status...
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    May 4, 2010 10:54 PM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    I find a website that you can backup books from ipad to computer, or share books from ibooks/ipad to other ipad owner. www.ibookstocomputer.com
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  • Dave5287 Calculating status...
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    May 6, 2010 7:55 PM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    How do you get an iBook on another iPad on the same account?
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