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How can I read my iBooks on my PC?

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  • karenfromtaipei county Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 6:53 PM (in response to _PK_)

    If you use the Chrome browser, you can try their MagicScroll eBook Reader:
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ghgnmgfdoiplfmhgghbmlphanpfmjble

     

    Karen Chung

    karchung@ntu.edu.tw
    Taipei

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 7:27 PM (in response to karenfromtaipei county)

    karenfromtaipei county wrote:

     

    If you use the Chrome browser, you can try their MagicScroll eBook Reader:

     

    But that is useless for reading anything from the iBookstore that you pay for, which almost always have DRM, and that is what everyone wants to do here.  It really only reads free books.

  • karenfromtaipei county Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 7:31 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    Yes, I see the problem. This is so typical of any of Apple's products - they simply do not mesh well with anything Microsoft or pc. I am now struggling with a similar problem accessing and updating Excel files on my iPad. Have you contacted Apple directly and asked for help? I think at this point they're the only ones who could do anything about this.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Dec 25, 2011 7:37 PM (in response to karenfromtaipei county)

    karenfromtaipei county wrote:

     

    Yes, I see the problem. This is so typical of any of Apple's products - they simply do not mesh well with anything Microsoft or pc.

     

    This particular problem is not really connected to Windows.  You can't read paid-for iBooks on a Mac running OS X either.  Only on an iOS device.  Until Apple gets around to producing the necessary ereader software, the fix is to use other apps, like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Googlebooks.

  • connor48 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 27, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to _PK_)

    _PK_ wrote:

     

    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

    Yes, You now officially can! First download the addon and get it set up. Oh! And before I forget you also need to have Firefox installed on your computer! https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/epubreader/ . Then what you want to do is left click the book and then right click it and select "Show in Windows Explorer" and then right click the file and select "open with" and then select Firefox and begin reading!

     

    Your Welcome! Good luck and happy reading!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Dec 28, 2011 5:04 AM (in response to connor48)

    connor48 wrote:

     

    Yes, You now officially can! First download the addon

     

    Most people ask this question because they want to read best-sellers and other paid-for books from the iBookstore.  Your addon will NOT let them do that, it will only work for free books (or those from the very few publishers which do not use DRM).

     

    It is important not to mislead people about this, because your advice could make them spend money on iBooks when to read them on their PC they must in fact buy them elsewhere.

  • hodgy33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 3:35 AM (in response to _PK_)

    if you download the Kindle app and get your books
    (kindle books) from amazon you can read them on both ipad and pc.

  • orlok Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 7:35 AM (in response to _PK_)

    I have a first gen iPod Touch, which iBooks will not load onto. Does anyone have any idea how I can now read a book I purchased through iTunes if I can't even load iBooks?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to orlok)

    orlok wrote:

     

    I have a first gen iPod Touch, which iBooks will not load onto. Does anyone have any idea how I can now read a book I purchased through iTunes if I can't even load iBooks?

     

    If it is a normal book with DRM from the iBookstore, there is no way to read it.  Every purchase page normally says over at the left under Requirements that you must have an iPod Touch (2nd Generation or later).  There are some publishers who do not use DRM, however.  What is the title of your book?

  • orlok Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 8:04 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    Yes, I saw that after acquiring the book. Can't believe that there isn't a version of iBooks for earlier devices...

     

    The book is Lee Child's James Penney's New Identity/Guy Walks Into a Bar short book which definitely has DRM, as I can't load it onto my Kindle. I am going to have to borrow my daughter's 4th gen Touch to be able to read this one.

     

    Thanks for the reply.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,835 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 8:21 AM (in response to orlok)

    orlok wrote:

     

    definitely has DRM, as I can't load it onto my Kindle. I

     

    I don't think a Kindle can read epubs even without DRM until you convert to another format. 

     

    http://techsupport.foreverwarm.com/how-to-read-epub-books-on-your-kindle

  • orlok Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 1, 2012 8:27 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    You are correct, but there are various software packages than can do the conversion, such as Calibre (as the article in your link points out...)

  • vickyfromwhite bear township Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to connor48)

    Thanks for the great tip, it worked! I had downloaded 2 books as files on the desktop (iPad starter and user guides), then click and dragged the files to Firefox.

  • techno_Geek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have tried epub reader mozilla add-on and it work on books from iBooks,

     

    the name of the books were:

     

    Cocoa Fundamentals Guide

     

    iOS Application Programming Guide

     

    iOS Technology Overview

     

    Object-Oriented Programming with Objective-C

     

    The Objective-C Programming Language

     

    all of those books were authored by Apple and I believed were DRMed,

     

    Download the add on here

     

    install it to your firefox browser and browse your hardrive for your purchased books from iBooks which is ussually located at

     

    C:\Users\XXXXXX\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Books\Apple Developer Publications

     

    XXXXXX stands for your username.

     

    Open mozilla firefox with epub reader add on installed and drag and drop any iBooks books you want into it.

     

    Hope this helps,

     

    Don't forget to hit like, thanks.

     

    OS used: Win 7 ultimate

    Firefox version: 8.0.1

    EPUBreader add on verion: 1.4.1.0


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