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  • 135. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    LEE 3103 wrote:

     

    As I have scanned in many books from my library and edited them, the books I want to have read aloud are mine and paid for. 

     

    Understood.  But reading books aloud has nothing to do with this thread, which concerns how people can visually read the books they have paid for from the iBookstore on their Mac or PC.

  • 136. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    magnusfromarlington Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Something is fundamentally wrong here - Who decided you can only read an iBook on a portable device with iOS? What happened to the simple integrated experience philosiphy? Apple, you are loosing your touch!!

  • 137. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    infomagick Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    magnusfromarlington wrote:

     

    Something is fundamentally wrong here - Who decided you can only read an iBook on a portable device with iOS? What happened to the simple integrated experience philosiphy? Apple, you are loosing your touch!!

    Yes, I'm afraid that, in general, I have to agree.   Why is it that the Kindle software allows this with Amazon and Apple cannot get the same deal for it's customers?  

     

    Maybe they want an even better deal?  :-)

  • 138. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    pft44 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm sorry to be a party pooper Magnus but our 'hero' Steve Jobs decided for us, just like his management decided that we have to lose access to .me accounts and switch to 'Lion' - which means a new machine.

    However, I've been very happy with Kindle's software on the iPad, Mac and iPhone, for a year or so and the only minor rritation for me with the iBookand epub situation is the inability to be able to take marked up proofs back from the iPad to my source files.

    Are Apple losing touch, well not really.  Its like signing on for a cruise and then complaining that you get sea-sick.

     

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  • 139. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    maryhowardsen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can read your books via Calibre's viewer. However your e-reader needs to be connected to your computer so Calibre can "read" the books files. Calibre's viewer allows you to adjust font size and even has a bookmark feature but won't track last page read like Kindle's app will across platforms.

    If you have books already on Calibre, you can read them anytime without tethering your device.

    More related articles about iBook:

    How to transfer or backup iBooks from iPhone to PC

    How to transfer iBook (ePub format) from iPhone to Mac

  • 140. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    maryhowardsen wrote:

     

    You can read your books via Calibre's viewer

     

    Calibre cannot read anything purchased from the iBookstore which has DRM protection, which is what most people want to do.

  • 141. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Jaybird1378 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Duh.. they want you to buy an iPad and iPhone. If you could just read them on your laptop, you may or may not buy an iPad.

  • 142. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    CarltonBanks Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I bought an ipad and already own an iphone and just bought a new ipad with the HD display.

     

    But I still can't read ibooks on my macbook air or my macbook pro for some reason.

  • 143. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    CarltonBanks wrote:

     

    I still can't read ibooks on my macbook air or my macbook pro for some reason.

     

    It tells you on every purchase page in the ibookstore that  you can only read them on an iOS device.

  • 144. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    slmUSA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The whole point of having a Mac (or any Apple product) is for the seamless integrated experience.  I don't want 10 electronic devices!  I just want to read the iBooks that I downloaded with iTunes on my MacBook Pro.  Seems like a reasonable request since I can read books purchased from amazon.com on any device.  Steve Jobs wouldn't have put up with this if he were healthy while he was living; Apple Inc. should know better.  Thanks for your post.

  • 145. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    slmUSA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Stupid if you can BUY them on a MacBook but not READ them!  Sigh :/

  • 146. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    eurotek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    just get a bookreader from app store.enjoy

  • 147. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,725 points)

    eurotek wrote:

     

    just get a bookreader from app store.enjoy

     

    There isn't any "bookreader" for OS X than can open DRM'd paid-for books from the iBookstore.  That is why this thread exists.

  • 148. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    slmUSA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    What Tom Gewecke said.   Thanks, Tom.

  • 149. Re: How Can I Read iBooks on my Laptop?
    Garry Mueller Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for this post everyone. I now know that Apple doesn't support reading of DRM iBooks on a Mac.

     

    Well Apple, if you are reading, I am studying and the ability to read purchased textbooks on my Mac as well as my iOS devices is very important to me. Therefore I will be buying my e-textbooks from Amazon and using the Kindle App which syncs across iOS devices and Macs. Noting that Amazon is in most cases the same price as iBooks for purchases. Lost sale to Apple. Amazon wins. So do I. Shame because I really value Apple's products, especially when "things" work seamlessly across all of its devices.

     

    NB: What is interesting is that iTunes seems to download the full DRM book file to my Mac, even though my iOS devices get the book through iCloud. Why would Apple bother with having the Mac download the whole DRM book file if I can't read it in my Mac?

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