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Not sure How to Read a Book I Got From iTunes

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Nov 18, 2012 11:56 PM

I am not sure if this is the best place to post this questions, but I will try it. I am new to using iTunes. I purchased a free Lincoln book from iTunes and it was downloaded to the Books Library in iTunes.  How do I open this book?  I am thinking maybe I need an iPad, but I would think I should be able to open the book on a MBP.

 

Also, I downloaded iBooks on my iPhone 5. Is it possible to read books on an iPhone? How do I know if it is an audiobook?

 

Thanks.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:

     

    I am thinking maybe I need an iPad, but I would think I should be able to open the book on a MBP.

     

    Normally every purchase page in the iBookstore has this kind of requirements statement on it, which tells you exactly on what devices the book can be read.

     

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    In general if you want to read ebooks on you Mac or PC, you need to get them from another source, like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Googlebooks. 

     

    That said, if the book you got does not have DRM (most free books do not), then you should be able to read it on your Mac with an app like Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 5:39 AM (in response to NObodE)

    Ps audiobooks on an ios device are read using the Music app.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:53 AM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:

     

      I should be able to download the free Lincoln book to my iPhone and read it on there. I did install iBooks on the iPhone and I would have thought it would download to my iPhone but it did not. 

     

    Just use the store function in the iBooks app on your iPhone to get your free Lincoln book (or any other book, free or paid, that you want from the iBookstore) directly without using iTunes.

     

    Like I said, you should be able to read most free books on your Mac by downloading and installing one of the major ebook reading apps.  If you have trouble doing that, I'm sure someone here can help.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:

     

    if the book downloaded on iTunes under Library--Books, are you saying I need another program to open the book?

     

    To open the book on your Mac, yes, I said that twice already, and I also gave you the names of two programs:  Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.  Use Google to find them and download them to your Mac.  They should work for free books, which normally do not have any DRM.

     

    To open an  ebook on your iPhone, you use the iBooks app.  What country are you living in?  When I search the US store in iBooks for Lincoln, the first thing I get is The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham.  

     

    The app stores for your MBP and your iPhone are totally different, because the two devices use different OS's and the apps for one will not work on the other. 

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 6:54 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:

     

    On my iPhone when I highlight the Lincoln-A Steven... it searches for the book but comes back empty handed.  I guess it is not available on iBooks.

     

     

    The particular book you are talking about, Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film - Discover the Story, says this on the page where you get it: 

     

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    So you cannot view that one on either an iPhone or on a Mac, only on an iPad.

     

    I understand that you think iTunes should read ebooks.  But it doesn't.  You always have to read the Requirements for the ebooks you get to know how to read them.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:01 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:

     

    it should not download it to my MBP then if I can't read it on the device, JMO.

     

    You don't seem to understand the role of iTunes in OS X.  It is used to sync all your iOS content, regardless of whether that content can be used in OS X itself.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1386

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