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Reading iBooks on macBook Pro??

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  • deepnarc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 26, 2011 9:20 PM (in response to deepnarc)

    I found a version of "Steve Jobs.epub" on one of the free file sharing sites with DRM removed that I could read with Stanza on my macbook pro. I consider this a cosmic refund of my iTunes purchase that I won't be using.

  • tallinvestor Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2011 3:51 PM (in response to chims)

    That is really annoying.  I would never have downloaded that app if I knew that.  I wanted something so I could read a book on all apple platforms.  Only have an iphone and would like to read downloaded books on a bigger screen.  I guess that is the last time I download using that app.

  • vuthy Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2011 5:42 PM (in response to davidcochran)

    i agree. We should able to read on any device. Plus we should able to transfer the what highlighted.

  • patrickfrombelfast Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 20, 2011 2:23 PM (in response to deepnarc)

    I too have just downloaded the Steve Jobs bio from iTunes and I can't read it on my recently purchased Mac Book Pro. To say that I am flabbergasted is to put it mildly; can it be true that the greatest pioneer of technological design hasn't managed to design a laptop costing £1500 on which I can read a book that he wrote and Apple have sold to me.

  • nsolsen Calculating status...
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    Nov 20, 2011 11:46 PM (in response to patrickfrombelfast)

    Remember to let Apple know about your flabbergastedness on http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • Guybrarian Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2011 1:33 AM (in response to chims)

    This officially makes iBooks useless, especially for students. Wow. Apple, you guys dropped the ball on this one. Mac stuff is usually better designed than this. This is just about the stupidest oversight I've seen in anything of late . . .especially given that the DRM used in the iBook epubs will keep anything else from opening them. Did you guys have a team of chimpanzees build your ibooks strategy, or did someone in the brain trust just think that graduate students would be writing papers exclusively on their mobile devices? Tell your iBook group that it's time for them to get their heads into the game. In the meantime it looks like it has to be kindle or nothing.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Nov 23, 2011 7:00 AM (in response to Guybrarian)

    Guybrarian wrote:

     

    In the meantime it looks like it has to be kindle or nothing.

     

    I think there are several ereader apps which can be used on both iOS and OS X in addition to the Kindle.app, such as Nook, Kobo, and Googlebooks.  My impression is that the selection of books available from these other sources is greater than that from the iBookstore in any case.

  • Ysharma Calculating status...
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    Dec 17, 2011 2:18 PM (in response to chims)

    I found a way. Go to adobe.com and download digital editions, after that install digital editions and then hit command o then browse to

    /Users/YourUsername/Music/Itunes/ItunesLibrary/Books and then open the book you want to read.

    Happy Reading!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 17, 2011 2:34 PM (in response to Ysharma)

    Ysharma wrote:

     

    I found a way. Go to adobe.com and download digital editions

     

    Please provide the name of a book you paid for from the iBookstore which you have read in that way.   It will only work with free books and those from the very few publishers who do not use DRM.   Most people want to read best sellers and other DRM'd books on their Mac, and I don't think you have provided a way for them to do that.

  • Multimac Calculating status...
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    Dec 17, 2011 3:45 PM (in response to nsolsen)

    Intriguingly, when one navigates to the Apple support site listed, there is no  icon or reference to "iBooks" only to iPad or MAc apps. Coincidence? I think not! (tongue in cheek). I registered my displeasure under the iPad "sign"

  • JanfromBerchem Calculating status...
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    Dec 18, 2011 1:23 PM (in response to chims)

    In my opinion this is unacceptable from Apple. I have a iMac, Macbook and iPad but since Apple turned treating consumers this way I stopped Apple as my favourite hardware supplier. My phone is android now, and I'll continue to buy services and hardware from companies that do not try to control my life and how I read my mwspaper or my books.

    I won't buy books on iTunes anymore.

  • Steel Dragon Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Dec 18, 2011 3:09 PM (in response to JanfromBerchem)

    this is really how i've been feeling as well.

  • digoxin48 Calculating status...
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    Dec 21, 2011 6:27 AM (in response to Guybrarian)

    kindle is the best! no strain on your eyes even after hours of reading it and with calibre converting almost anything to mobi you can read forever

  • Mark Godwin Calculating status...
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    Dec 23, 2011 6:26 AM (in response to chims)

    Boy I wish I had read this thread before I just bought a handful of DRM books via the iBookstore. Feedback/Enhancement request has been left on http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 23, 2011 7:10 AM (in response to Mark Godwin)

    Mark Godwin wrote:

     

    Boy I wish I had read this thread before I just bought a handful of DRM books via the iBookstore.

     

    It's too bad this is still happening to people after 18 months.  Clearly Apple's own small notice on purchase pages that iOS is required is too obscure for many buyers to see.  Apple should really put something in the iBookstore that no one could miss regarding the inability to read purchased iBooks in OS X.

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