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How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?

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Sleeptite Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 17, 2010 4:57 PM
On my Laptop, I can:
a) Listen to songs I purchased, with iTunes
b) Listen to podcasts I subscribe to, with iTunes
c) Listen to Audio Books I purchased, with iTunes
d) Watch Videos i purchased, with iTunes

WHY CAN"T I READ BOOKS I PURCHASED with iBooks, with iTunes?

Amazon's Kindle lets me read Kindle Books on my iPad, my iPhone, and my LAPTOP.
Shouldn't APPLE let me do the same?
Please, Apple, give me an iBook Reader for my laptop.
iMac 21, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Jul 18, 2010 3:19 AM (in response to Sleeptite)
    Please, Apple, give me


    http://www.apple.com/feedback/
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • brentboren Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 1, 2010 8:19 AM (in response to Sleeptite)
    I agree, I'm stuck reading my iBooks on my iPhone. That's great when I'm traveling, but I'd much rather use my big screen when I'm home. Please add this Apple!!
    PC, Windows 7
  • Jayson Kish Level 2 Level 2 (445 points)
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    Aug 4, 2010 7:32 PM (in response to Sleeptite)
    Though it is not an Apple supplied solution, there are applications for the Desktop out there that will open the ePub format. One in-particular is Adobe Digital Editions.

    http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

    It's a free solution, available both on the the Mac and Windows based PC's.
    MacBook (13", Aluminum, Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPod touch, iOS 4.1
  • brentboren Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 7, 2010 9:08 AM (in response to Jayson Kish)
    Tried the Adobe digital editions. Couldn't get it to read books bought from Apple. Nothing but empty white pages.
    PC, Windows 7
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Aug 7, 2010 9:31 AM (in response to brentboren)
    Couldn't get it to read books bought from Apple.


    Normally ebooks you buy from a store are protected by DRM and you can't read them in some other app except by removing that.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • dodden Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 29, 2010 11:05 PM (in response to Sleeptite)
    I would love to use iBooks, but until I know I can read in Win7 and Linux as well as my iPhone, then I will have to pass. This will equal no sales for iBooks for me... Sorry Apple.
    3GS, iOS 4
  • QueryAll Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 27, 2010 11:15 PM (in response to dodden)
    I have to agree, if I can't read my eBooks purchased at apple on my computers as well as my itouch/iphone/ipad, then it is not a good solution.

    If you have the same thoughts please make your voice heard http://www.apple.com/feedback/
  • gswank2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 29, 2010 9:33 PM (in response to QueryAll)
    I sent my feedback. I buy and read 80+ books a year, but none of them will be iBooks until I can access them on my laptop as well as my iPhone.
    iMac G4, MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • cath123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2010 6:17 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    So how do your remove the DRM?
    Windows 7
  • cath123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 5, 2010 6:53 PM (in response to Sleeptite)
    According to ipad manual you can transfer books bought in epub format to itunes then sync with ipad
    Well you can but you can't open them or read them
    Any suggestions I don't like my luck after reading discussions on this page
    Windows 7
  • JarradL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2011 6:46 AM (in response to cath123)
    You cant remove the DRM has the books you purchase from ibooks dont have one
    Iphone 3g, iOS 4
  • shadofax31pearson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:52 PM (in response to Sleeptite)

    I have to agree, I am frustrated that I have to resume reading an iBook on my phone during the 4+ hours it takes to charge my iPad.  I can read a kindle book on my PC, why not iBooks?  Apple, please tell us this is in development?

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,155 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 2:57 PM (in response to shadofax31pearson)

    Apple won't respond here at all, and won't say anything about products or features they haven't officiall announced. We'll all have to wait and see what happens. Meanwhile, it's a good reason to buy e-books from one of the vendors that provides apps across platforms, such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and Google, rather than from the iTunes Store.

     

    BTW, jumping into a thread that was last active over ten months ago usually isn't very productive.

     

    Regards.

  • David Grover Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 31, 2011 4:39 PM (in response to Sleeptite)

    Agreed. But there's another even bigger problem:

    I purchased the Steve Jobs biography from iTunes.

     

    Then after starting it I received an offer of a free updated version.

    I have made many notes and bookmarks throughout while reading and as a teacher these annotations assist me in selecting passages to read to my classes in computing.

     

    I asked Apple Support if the new version will eliminate all these bookmarks and notes?

    or was there a way for me to retain BOTH versions?

     

    herewith their reply:

    Dear David,

    .......I understand that you would like to download the updated version of "Steve Jobs" but are concerned that your notes and annotations will be lost. I can certainly appreciate your concern and will be glad to help correct this issue.

     

    Unfortunately, the notes and annotations are tied to each iBook. Deleting the iBook would cause you to lose those notes and annotations. In this situation, I recommend either downloading the updated version to a different device or not downloading it all together.

    I apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. I'll be more than happy to assist you with whatever you need. Thank you for being a valuable member of the Apple family, we truly appreciate your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    iTunes Store/Mac App Store Customer Support

     

     

    Valued books need longevity.  Sir Isaac Newton's legacy library was used to determine his interests via the annotations he made - even the dog eared folds he used to make page corners point to important/interesting bits on a page!  Then there's Fermat's Last theorem!!!

     

    We need iBooks with more permanancy.  They need longevity, portability, quotability and lendability.

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