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How do I read iBooks on my Macbook Air

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  • snorre1900 Calculating status...
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    Dec 6, 2012 3:27 AM (in response to indiana1816)

    I suggest using Kobo Reader instead of Kindle, as Kobo sells ebooks in ePub format, the same format as iBooks uses for normal ebooks.

     

    In contrast Amazon sells in their own proprietary format, so you will always have to convert (forbidden?) when changing your ebook software or hardware and want to keep your books.

     

    Using Kobo gives you ePubs and when - or better, if - Apple provides a much needed desktop reader app you hopefully can read your already bought ePubs without much hazzle.

     

    Think B&N also does ePubs, like most of the other ebook stores out there.

     

    Also prefer DRM-free if you have the choice.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:10 AM (in response to snorre1900)

    snorre1900 wrote:

     

    Also prefer DRM-free if you have the choice.

     

    If your book is DRM-free, you don't have to worry about any of this.  Kindle provides reader apps for everything, its format is not a problem.  If your book does have DRM, you need to use the reader for the store where you buy it.  iBooks doesn't read Kobo DRM epubs any more than it reads Kindle format. 

  • Ranahim Calculating status...
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    To all ya:

    I think the only way is to install software called "calibre"

    it is freeware and it is a tank! it can do a lot. Really good to turn any file into ePub, ePub into PDF, or whatever you want.

     

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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:52 PM (in response to Ranahim)

    Ranahim wrote:

     

    I think the only way is to install software called "calibre"

     

    Unfortunately neither Calibre 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.

  • Ranahim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    dissagree. I was able to convert, read, and do anything I want in Calibre with any ePub file so far.

     

    I also like to convert ePub files to PDF, than upload them to my Acrobat.com account and read my eTextbooks on iPad with ability to mark text etc. (no edit or changing text). It is useful, because that way it lets me to read the same, marked text, on my MacBook Pro using Acrobat Reader. I'm just opening a PDF file from my acrobat cloud . Then, save that boy on Mac, open on iPad and voilà!

    There are 4 ways to read and mark PDFs with Adobe:

    -iPhone

    -iPad

    -Mac OS

    -online at Acrobat.com

     

    have a wonderful evening!

  • Ranahim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:07 PM (in response to Ranahim)

    OHHH! BTW. Did I mention Adobe Digital Editions? Freeware software from Adobe? No I didn't! So I'm mentioning now. Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 - http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.edu.html

     

    check it out!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:15 PM (in response to Ranahim)

    Ranahim wrote:

     

    I was able to convert, read, and do anything I want in Calibre with any ePub file so far.

     

    None of those books were from the iBookstore and had DRM.  The same goes for Adobe Digital Editions.  You are just ignorant of the issue being discussed here.

  • Ranahim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:22 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    ignorance is worse than fascism

  • Bashar3A Calculating status...
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    Dec 9, 2012 10:02 PM (in response to Ranahim)

    Thanks. From your experience, is the book quality good enough compared to original ePub?

  • Ranahim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to Bashar3A)

    they look good, but if you trying to do ePub from a PDF file, it converts only text. I converted many PDFs to ePUB using calibre, but they were mostly fiction ebooks. If you have pictures and stuff, calibre will messed the file up. It has some major problem with PDFs. Sometimes what I do is, I'm converting PDF to docx file with Adobe Acrobat Pro, then the docx, I'm saving as HTML file with OpenOffice Writer, and than HTML to ePub with calibre. This is way aroung, but when I have like 10 books to convert, it is worth to spend that extra 10 minutes. Anyway, iBook ssuucks, iTunes ssuucks, I prefer Adobe cloud sync and calibre.

    I wrote to calibre support while ago about problem with PDF and they wrote me back it is not their fault, it is just PDF. However I prefer to read books in Adobe Reader, because I have more options and I can sync them and read on my MacBook as well. Also, when using calibre, I can manage, delete, add, eBooks to my iPad without syncing all the time, which is time consuming. It takes like 1-2 minutes to sync iPad with iTunes. When I want to add or delete only 1 eBook, why to do that? No sense. iTunes ssuucks. Check out the latest version of calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/download_osx

    they have video tutorials too

  • Bashar3A Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:04 AM (in response to Ranahim)

    Thanks for sharing the tips. I just ended up with iBooks as best app, and while most of my eBooks are from other drm-free stores like O'Reilly, I do have to chose between DRM stores like Apple and Amazon sometimes.

  • dvrraju Calculating status...
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:19 AM (in response to Ranahim)

    Ranahim,

     

    Tom is right about not being able to read ibooks. Have you tried actually tried opening an ibook?

     

    I have (using calibre) and it doesn't work.

     

    Please let me know what I'm missing.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 24, 2012 4:57 AM (in response to dvrraju)

    Ranahim is talking about epub books without DRM, for which there has never been a problem.  Everyone else here wants to read ibookstore books with DRM (or even .ibooks textbooks without DRM) on their OS X device, for which there is not yet any app.

  • Walter Moore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 26, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to Mark S Thompson)

    Amen, Mark.  Apple is making a huge mistake by thinking that those of us who have already shelled out for Mac computers will now pay for an iPad merely to read books from iTunes.  I read books from Amazon on my Kindle app on my MacBook Pro. 

  • silvermondfee Calculating status...
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    Dec 26, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to gingerfrompalm bay)

    I agree with everyone. It's an embarrassing failure of Apple to not enable any Macs to read their stuff. I don't have an iPad and refuse to read every single book ONLY on my iPhone. Actually, I read most on my computer. I think I would actually buy quite a few books in the iBooks store since I like the way they display it better than the kindle version. But since I can't read it on my MBA I switched.

     

    But short question: Is there any official way to complain or is it already enough to write in forums like this? And do you guys think that there's a realistic chance of Apple changing this stupid system in 2013?

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