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_PK_ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 22, 2011 2:39 AM

Is it possible to read my iBooks on my PC

If yes, how do I do it?

If no - when is this going to be able to happen?

 

Thanks

 

I have a desktop PC with iTunes, but I have an Apple iPad with iBooks

I'm asking here in the iBooks forum as it relates to iBooks, I'll also ask in iPad because it relates to iPad as well

iPad, Windows 7
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,015 points)
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    May 22, 2011 2:40 AM (in response to _PK_)

    No. iBooks app is written for the iOS system.

  • shadowhawk2008 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 23, 2011 12:05 AM (in response to _PK_)

    Unfortunateley it's not possible to read iBooks on a computer since they come with DRM on them. This DRM prevents the books from being opened on anything other than iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches with the iBooks application and your Apple ID. It seems unlikely that Apple would release such an application to read iBooks on a computer but so far they've made no announcements so it's still a possibility. 

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    May 23, 2011 3:04 AM (in response to shadowhawk2008)

    shadowhawk2008 wrote:

     

    It seems unlikely that Apple would release such an application to read iBooks on a computer but so far they've made no announcements so it's still a possibility. 

     

    Actually it is highly surprising that Apple has not yet released iBooks for Mac laptops/desktops, since all the competing ereaders have done so, which makes buying books from them much more attractive.  So I would think that a future release for OS X is very likely.  A release for Windows seems a lot less so...

  • JavaJ Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    May 27, 2011 2:15 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    Not suprising- downright silly.  I am not a big reader- but decided to buy a few books for my iPad.  Couldn't find them in the iBookstore- but no problem with Amazon.  At least I can access them on any decice that the Kindle reader can run on- how silly that Apple is hampering their own success.  Why can't they at least allow it through iTunes- everything else goes through it.  Just silly!

  • sirgunther Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:08 PM (in response to JavaJ)

    So, to be clear.

     

    I CANNOT read an iBook purchased from iTunes on my 27 iMac?

     

    However, I could download a book from amazon and read it on the Windows side of my Mac?

     

    Could I download a book from amazon and read it on a Mac?

     

    Thanks.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:17 PM (in response to sirgunther)

    Any book you buy from the iBookstore says right on the purchase page that it requires an iOS device to be read.

     

    Amazon Kindle books can be read on all devices where you can run the Kindle.app.

  • Geistwolke Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 15, 2011 8:26 AM (in response to _PK_)

    So to be clear they remove the 'store' option from all of their competitors but not their own app.  And, unlike the competition, they are the only major ebook retailer to NOT have a Mac or PC option to read from.  Sorry this is not 'silly' it is downright pathetic or short-sighted.  Seems to serve their own needs and not address those of all their loyal customers.

  • a c0mputer guru Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 30, 2011 8:22 PM (in response to _PK_)

    Check out the following page: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4059

     

    Please note that under "What are the requirements to use iBooks?", it states that iBooks uses the ePub format. Knowing this, I used a Firefox Add-In that reads ePub and read the free public domain stuff I downloaded (I guess "purchased" is the better word) on the iPhone 4. I found all of my iTunes files in my user folder, under My Music, iTunes, iTunes Media. I did a drag-n-drop onto a new tab I opened in Firefox and it opened perfectly fine and everything rendered properly...so I'm thinking that maybe Apple's DRM is supported by a freeware ePub reader?

     

    Just sayin...

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Sep 30, 2011 8:31 PM (in response to a c0mputer guru)

    a c0mputer guru wrote:

     

    so I'm thinking that maybe Apple's DRM is supported by a freeware ePub reader?

     

     

    You are thinking wrong.  When you have actually bought a book from the ibookstore with drm and read it with your Firefox or anything else on your Mac or PC, do come back here and tell us the name of the book.

     

    Why do you think that you "purchased"  the "free public domain stuff" you downloaded, or that it has DRM?

  • crs Stanley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to a c0mputer guru)

    guru is correct, minus the supposition around "DRM' and "purchased" and "free domain stuff" which is not relevant ala correct or incorrect. the solution works and that is what the original post was requesting "can i read my iBook downloads on my PC"

     

    btw- Tom Every book i have "purchased" has been opened by my firefox add-on... Acceptance is the answer to your problems

     

     

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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 7:45 AM (in response to crs Stanley)

    crs Stanley wrote:

     

    Every book i have "purchased" has been opened by my firefox add-on... Acceptance is the answer to your problems

     

    Thanks for that info!  Please provide the title of one of them so that I can try to duplicate your experience on my machine.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Nov 17, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to _PK_)

    _PK_ wrote:

     

    Every time I try to do what you are suggesting with one of my Purchased books I get the error message of

    Your ePub-book is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). For this reason it can unfortunately not be opened.

     

    That is what I see and that is the expected behavior.   Someone who claims otherwise is either a) reading a free book, or b) reading books from one of the very few publishers who don't do DRM, like O'Reilly, or c) removing the DRM before trying to open the book.

  • writerranger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 21, 2011 3:45 PM (in response to sirgunther)

    Actually, with the Amazon Kindle books, you can use your Mac as well - you don't have to go to your "Windows side."  You just us the Kindle Cloud Reader. Sign-in at a secure SSL site: https://www.read.amazon.com with a supported browser:

    1. Google Chrome 11 and higher on Linux, MacOS X, and Windows.
    2. Mozilla Firefox 6 and higher on Linux, MacOS X, and Windows.
    3. Safari 5 and higher on MacOS X and Windows.
    4. Safari on iPad with iOS 4.2 and Higher

     

    and.........voila!....there are all of your book covers. You can keep all of your notes, bookmarks, highlights, etc.

     

    I was looking for something similar for iBooks and have discovered it's a no go. Not even an app for the Mac or PC.

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