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Peter R. Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)
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Jun 18, 2010 4:57 AM
Can I copy interesting passages in iBooks and paste them into Pages?

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  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 7:19 AM (in response to Peter R.)
    I just tried it and as text, no. As a full page screen snap to photo, yes.

    So you could highlight the interesting text, screen snap the page, crop the unwanted stuff from the photo and paste the photo in the Pages document.

    If it's a short passage, it'd be faster to just type it.

    Sorry...
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  • Tulse Level 5 Level 5 (5,790 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:29 AM (in response to Peter R.)
    Do the other ebook readers (Kindle, Kobo) allow copy and paste? If not, this may be a copyright issue (or at least a restriction placed by the publishers).
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:41 AM (in response to Tulse)
    Tulse I was thinking the something.
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  • danegeld Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:47 AM (in response to Peter R.)
    I just copied and pasted text from iBooks into Pages and into a couple of text editors with no problem at all.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:54 AM (in response to danegeld)
    I just found that the free non-copyrighted books from Gutenburg can be copied and pasted. The copyrighted books you can't copy and paste.

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  • dwharrison Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:57 AM (in response to David M Brewer)
    To compare to the Kindle situation, Kindles or Kindle apps don't have copy/paste but the text of user-generated highlights in the books is available. For Kindles, this is stored in a file called My Clippings on the device. For both Kindles and apps, it's also available online in the user's account at kindle.amazon.com.

    There may be a length limitation there; I haven't done rigorous testing to see if this is true. But otherwise, you can simply highlight the text you want to copy, sync your device/app, and go to the web site to copy the text. It's fairly roundabout to be sure but it is workable.
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:06 AM (in response to David M Brewer)
    David M Brewer wrote:
    I just found that the free non-copyrighted books from Gutenburg can be copied and pasted. The copyrighted books you can't copy and paste.


    Yes. My test was on a copywrited book.
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:30 AM (in response to red555)
    ...sorry. Read your post wrong...

    Message was edited by: David M Brewer
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 9:28 AM (in response to red555)
    The books that I can't copy from has a copyright (usually found on page two) page, can't be copied in whole or in part... If so, this violates copyright laws (loosely transtlated).
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 10:18 AM (in response to Peter R.)
    Were in copying from a copyrighted souce don't you understand. There are laws you know about this. You can write and ask for permission. They do give you that option. When you buy a copyrighted book you don't buy the content to do with it as you please. Fair use doesn't come into play here.

    I hope that if you do get permission that you footnote or give acknowledgment somewhere in your paper where you got your information. If you publish and don't, you can get into hot water and be sued.
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Jun 18, 2010 10:36 AM (in response to Peter R.)
    Please give the source (link) to the guidelines for written material used in scientific works.
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