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How can I read my iBooks on my PC?

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 6:42 AM (in response to MadMadMadMad)

    When you  buy an iBook in iTunes, right there just below the purchase button are the requirements (screen shot from iTunes 11.0.1):

     

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    Nothing is hidden or obscured.  You may not like it, and it may not make sense why there are no computer iBook reader apps, but Apple is quite up front about the limitations of the ebook you are buying.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:35 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    With the number of posts on this board with people saying they have iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, or Mac Pro, with iOS in the signature, I don't know how much that requirement is going to help.  It appears at least some people never pay attention to which Mac OS they are using, and only pay attention to which iOS they are using.     If you are someone who does not know the difference between iOS and Mac OS, please give the iTunes store feedback at this link http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunes.html that the requirements should say "Does not work on Windows, Linux, or Macs."

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to a brody)

    But the requirements list the specific devices as well. Surely an iTunes shopper knows whether they own one of the required devices, regardless of iOS version running in it.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 11:14 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    Never put it by a person looking for an exception to a rule, when it is not stated to not exist.  In fact, the lack of statement to the contrary will always get hackers trying to find a contrary solution.   If it clearly says it isn't supported no way, no how, then people can start focussing on feedback through the appropriate channels, rather than complaining here that it does not exist.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,900 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 3:19 PM (in response to a brody)

    a brody wrote:

     

    people can start focussing on feedback through the appropriate channels,

     

    I doubt there has been any neglect of the feedback channels over the last 3 years that this problem has been discussed here, since that is a frequent recommendation in the half-dozen complaint threads (I count about 700 messages and 700,000 views altogether) which have developed on this topic over that period.  But of course more can never hurt.  Perhaps the 3rd anniversary of iBooks on March 31 will bring a pleasant surprise in the form of a version for at least OS X....

  • mreawh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 2:54 AM (in response to _PK_)

    Go to www.calibre-ebook .com and download the reader

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,565 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 3:45 AM (in response to mreawh)

    That won't let you read purchased ibooks from Apple that have digital rights management on them - they can currently only be read in the iBooks app on an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

  • mreawh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to King_Penguin)

    I have already downloaded some ebooks from iTunes and read them on calibre on my laptop. Are you saying that only some ebooks have DRM from iTunes , if so how do we tell which ones have DRM.?

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,565 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to mreawh)

    The ibooks that I've downloaded, some have their 'Kind' as 'Protected books' in my iTunes library, whilst older out-of-copyright books show as 'Purchased books'. I can't see any difference for how they are listed in the store, but I'm assuming that recent/paid-for books are 'protected'.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,900 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 1:54 PM (in response to mreawh)

    mreawh wrote:

     

    Are you saying that only some ebooks have DRM from iTunes , if so how do we tell which ones have DRM.?

     

    You can't really tell before buying.  Whether a book has DRM is determined by the publisher.  You can be sure that all the bestsellers that most people want to buy and read have DRM.   O'Reilly and Take Control books definitely do not have DRM.   Free books I would not expect to have it.

  • Fah\'rilla Gah\'rilla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to Michael Black)

    While I personally feel that purchasing a book does not permit you to redistribute it at your own free will (I am speaking of the collective whole here, and as an issue of morals not copyright law), but purchasing a book SHALL, however, bestow the right to the purchaser to view the aforementioned book on ANY device, in ANY manner, for however long the purchaser wishes. Period. End of Story. (unless of course  N.C., USA is code for <enter your favorite oppressive country here>).

     

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 10:05 AM (in response to Fah\'rilla Gah\'rilla)

    Fah\'rilla Gah\'rilla wrote:

     

    While I personally feel that purchasing a book does not permit you to redistribute it at your own free will (I am speaking of the collective whole here, and as an issue of morals not copyright law), but purchasing a book SHALL, however, bestow the right to the purchaser to view the aforementioned book on ANY device, in ANY manner, for however long the purchaser wishes. Period. End of Story. (unless of course  N.C., USA is code for <enter your favorite oppressive country here>).

     

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    You may take whatever moral stance you wish on the issue of distribution of copyright material and use thereof.  The FACT is, that most iBooks sold through the iBook store ARE DRM locked to Apple's iBook Reader, and there is nothing illegal in that practice.  Apple chooses not to make an iBook Reader App for anything but iOS.  Moral stances aside, the FACT is that most iBooks can only be read with the iBook Reader on an iOS device.

     

    This forum exists for pragmatic solutions to technical problems, and in terms of the practical issue of reading ebooks purchased form the Apple iBook Store on a computer or non-Apple mobile device, the answer is, you cannot do so - period.

  • Klaey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 2:54 AM (in response to Dale Hardester)

    I think apple with iCloud feature they should be able to create iBooks in the cloud accessed via a web browser similar to kindle cloud reader. https://read.amazon.com/

    for the time i am going to stick to amazon, till ibooks in the cloud comes to light.

  • JessicaArmstrong Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to _PK_)

    NEVERMIND

  • NetNathan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 6:54 PM (in response to _PK_)

    Plain and simple..

    Apple owns the books and lets you read what you purchase.  Even though you paid for it doesn't mean you OWN it, obviouly Apple still owns it.

    Is this right......no.  But Apple rules Apple.

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