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How do I read iBooks on my Macbook Air

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  • isi_mouse Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to Mr Jack Apple)

    That was actually quite mean! I am 14 years old, and it should be appreciated that I am even interested in READING! Most of my classmates won't even pick up a book unless it is for class and spend most of their time on FB.


    If a lot of people are requesting this, it must have a need in peoples lives. I personally don't need it as much, but some people might. They might not own an iPad, and the iPhone has quite a small screen, making it hard to read (yes, I know it has zoom, but it can still kill your eye sight). So I suggest you stop insulting us and move on with your life!

     

    Isabel (age 14)

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to isi_mouse)

    isi_mouse wrote:

     

    So I suggest you stop insulting us and move on with your life!

     

     

    I think he did that.  Mr Jack Apple has only ever made that one contribution to the Apple forums more than 3 months ago and has never appeared again.

  • isi_mouse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 3:46 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    haha! yeah, I just wanted to get my opinion out there. I didn't read ALL the comments.....How did u quote me?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to isi_mouse)

    isi_mouse wrote:

     

    How did u quote me?

     

    At the top of the reply window, you click on the quotation marks over at the right edge.

  • Bassam Aujan Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2012 11:39 PM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    Unfortunately I just bought a book from ibooks on ipad and I wanted to read it on my laptop as it is a technical book and need to do exercises on the internet. I couldnt find ibooks on mac appstore and was looking for an solution and found this thread.

     

    I am very disappointed as many of you are that I cant read it from my MBP... And guess what... That will be my last ebook I buy from itunes.

     

    Will also post on the feedback page as I want apple to hear what their clients wants and hope the meet the clients expectations.

  • g_88 Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:24 PM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

       Try downloading adobe digital editions for mac to your hard drive, download your book from the itunes store and it should show up in Music/iTunes/ iTunes Media/Books.

       I tried downloading a free book a couple days ago just to see if I could actually read it on my MacBook Pro and I could not figure it out but today I was going through my music when I stumbled on a folder labled books(which I haven't seen before) and there it was with the adobe digital editions icon. I was able to open and read it, no problem. I also read library books on my MacBook using adobe digital editions with no problem and i think those are DRM protected.

       Anyways, this is what worked for me and I hope it works for you.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 8:36 PM (in response to g_88)

    g_88 wrote:

     

       Try downloading adobe digital editions for mac

     

    Neither Adobe Digital Editions nor any other app will read paid-for ebooks from the iBookstore with DRM (or any .ibooks Textbooks), which is what most people want to do and why these threads exist. 

     

    There has never been any problem to read epub ebooks without DRM on your Mac or any other platform.  Library books are also usually no problem, because they use Adobe DRM for which Adobe Digital Editions is specifically intended.

  • g_88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 9:18 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

       I tried downloading a few more of those free iBooks and some of them did not work. When i right click on the book cover in iTunes under books and hit get info, the ones that say purchased book work fine but the ones that say protected book don't seem to work. What the difference is, I can't really say. All I know is that it works to a certain extent.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 5:29 AM (in response to g_88)

    g_88 wrote:

     

       the ones that say purchased book work fine but the ones that say protected book don't seem to work. What the difference is, I can't really say.

     

    Protected means they have DRM.  These can only be read on an iOS device.  There is no app that can read them on anything else.

  • happyfunballs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 27, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    It is a bit strange that there is no iBooks for the Mac.  I suspect that is by design, some marketing guru must have decided its better to have a few angry customers and sell more iOS units.

     

    Hopefully they change their mind eventually.

  • Mark2564 Calculating status...
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    Nov 28, 2012 1:20 PM (in response to Mr Jack Apple)

    You condescending jerk. I'm trying to find a computer for my son. He was blinded in Afganistan. Shame on you. It was a simple question, and I didn't need a lecture.

  • tljbcrew Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to Mr Jack Apple)

    What an idiotic and arrogant response.  I just moved from PC to mac and am slowly getting acclimated after 25+ years in the other world.  I had the same questions about reading and using iBook on my new Mac Air.  After searching this is the first discussion forum I came to.  First of all who really gives a flying crap what people want to do with their books. For me I found this of particular interest because if someone is using our iPad then another can use the Mac to catch a few pages of their latest book download.  What seems to have escaped your pee brain is that people with a computer at their fingertips READS crap all day long.  What makes a book any different than an email, PDF, document blah blah blah. We read on them for hours on end.  Your right, I don’t read on a computer I just play games and save all my reading at work for the iPad.  Or maybe you just like the fancy page turning ability.  How nice it is to see a corner page sweep across my screen at the swipe of a finger.  Or maybe you like the neat folds in the page and the artificial looking spine.    That’s right only that can appear on an iPad and nothing else.  How stupid of me.  Apple has prided itself as this everything on all devices. At least that is my perception. However, I have come to learn it is Apple and only Apple that must decide how we need to spend our time across a device.  How moronic of all of us to question that.  How dare us question the need for something to appear on another screen.  Can you publish us a rule book so we can follow along? Because of sheep like you it makes me question the jump. 

  • Mark2564 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 4:04 AM (in response to Mr Jack Apple)

    i found help elsewhere. My son will be able to read and write when i get him home. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. The macbook air book both responds to dictation, and reads beautifully. Randy will never seeyou, but if he did he would probablly smile at you. Thanks for your help. to enable dictation you push the function key twice, to enable reading aloud you push tcontrol key and the escape keys at the same time.

     

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  • Bashar3A Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2012 2:51 AM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    I own Kindle and iPad. While Kindle was doing great for page turner books, novels, buigraphies and such. I took the iPad primarily to read technical books, as it's colorful, faster, and more rich.I place it near the PC while I'm reading to apply the programming examples and follow up.

     

    I could've gotten the same book from iBooks or Kindle. I picked iBooks, and now I realize the problem. My daughter is playing with the iPad, which should keep her occupied. No issues, I have MBP and PC. I'll fire up the book on the MacBook. But I can't! Because Apple doesn't want me to. Next time I'll be willing to pay extra rather than be locked, which is pretty shame.

  • indiana1816 Calculating status...
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    Dec 6, 2012 2:39 AM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    For now the decision is clear, use Kindle reader on iMac and iPad and buy books from Amazon instead of iTunes, seems to me this is what Apple wants us to do ?

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