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how can i read ibooks on my mac

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  • Alex_LF Calculating status...
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    Mar 26, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to elin0505)

    I'm a big Apple fan. Unfortunately, the ease with which one can now switch from one service provider to the next will severely undermine Apple's iBooks in the future as it just did for me. Case in point, having uploaded a number of .pdf into my iBooks to read on my iPad or iPhone for work, I now also need to have access to them easily (on one platform preferably) on my mac. Without access to iBooks on my Mac, I have no choice but to download Kindle for mac and upload my .pdf to that provider instead. It's unfortunately that simple since reading a book on my Kindle app vs. iBooks on my iPad or iPhone makes very little difference...

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to Alex_LF)

    Alex_LF wrote:

     

    Without access to iBooks on my Mac, I have no choice but to download Kindle for mac and upload my .pdf to that provider instead.

     

    No choice?  That doesn't make sense.  PDF format can be read by multiple apps on any platform, there is certainly no need to do it in iBooks, which is not even that good at it.  There are many, many pdf readers for iOS and in OS X people normally use Preview or Adobe Reader, not Kindle.app.

     

    This does not detract in any way from the argument that Apple should provide an iBooks app for OS X so DRM'd books from the iBookstore can be read on that platform.  .epub ebooks without DRM, just like PDF, have never been a problem on OS X or any other platform.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 1:56 PM (in response to elin0505)

    Here is a method that will work for some books.

     

    Capture your book to pictures using the power button-on screen button combo.

    These pictures that are created will store in your iPad's Photos App.

    Send pictures via email to your Mac using the Photos App.

    Use Preview on your Mac to convert pictures to PDF. 

     

    Use Preview or Acrobat to read the book.

     

    Caution, most books are copyright.  Which essentially means any copying you make to a different format can not be distributed to anyone but yourself without express permission of the author.

    OS X Mountain Lion, * Links may give me compensation
  • BALewis Calculating status...
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    Mar 26, 2013 4:31 PM (in response to a brody)

    Do you seriously think that's a solution for an 871 page book?

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to BALewis)

    I never said it was.    I said "some."

     

    If you have an 871 page book you want, I would seriously contact the author and tell them you are dismayed at their choice, and won't buy their book unless they choose a different format.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 7:51 AM (in response to a brody)

    a brody wrote:

     

    I would seriously contact the author and tell them you are dismayed at their choice, and won't buy their book unless they choose a different format.

     

    But the problem here is most often not the "format" of the book.  It's that the reader chose to buy the book from the iBookstore instead of from one of the various stores which do allow you to read things on your Mac, like Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Googlebooks, or Sony.

  • WilsonLaidlaw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 8:12 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    For a high proportion of popular fiction, there is a choice of formats/suppliers. However for text books, technical books and educational, that is frequently not the case and you may well be stuck with iBooks as the only source. Those are exactly the sort of books that you would want to read on a Mac, with a screen larger than a 9.7" iPad provides and with more things you can do with the text, more easily.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 8:27 AM (in response to WilsonLaidlaw)

    WilsonLaidlaw wrote:

     

    However for text books, technical books and educational, that is frequently not the case and you may well be stuck with iBooks as the only source.

     

    Yes, I agree, and I think the fix in that case is for Apple to produce the iBooks app for OS X (or license its DRM so others can do something similar), rather than asking the publisher/author to change the "format."

  • JamminJonah Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2013 6:36 PM (in response to elin0505)

    Like so many above me.  I'm a HUGE Apple fan.  Luckily, I'm also a big Amazon fan.  Downloading Kindle now and glad to see that Apple is so happy to help them pick up marketshare by ignoring this issue.  That's awfully friendly in such a competitive business world.

  • johnfromtega cay Calculating status...
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    Mar 31, 2013 7:29 PM (in response to JamminJonah)

    Well said!

  • iceokie Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2013 2:08 PM (in response to JamminJonah)

    Me too! I'm gone to Amazon.

  • jamesbond6th Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2013 8:00 PM (in response to elin0505)

    The only way I can read books on my macbook pro is using kindle app just wish apple would relese ibooks for macs when the next update happens then i would truly be happy

  • Psychentist Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2013 10:39 AM (in response to elin0505)

    Hello, everyone.
      I've noticed an awful lot of people becoming very frustrated over this issue. I don't work for Apple, but I'm a high level mac user, and I have a rather elegant solution for you.
    Adobe has a free program available for download called Digital Editions. It is capable of displaying the DRM protected e-books that iTunes tells you can only be viewed from an ios device.
    Again, this is a free program. I have been using it for quite some time, and with no issues.

    As I post this, I have Great Expectations pulled up in another window.
    Once you have the program installed, you can get to the file from the iTunes library by right clicking (or command- click if you never bothered to fix the mouse) and select "View in finder."

    On the file in the finder, secondary click, and select "Open with...", and then select "Digital Editions"
    The file should open immediately.

     

    I found this after about five minutes of trying to solve this issue. Doesn't anyone use google anymore?

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,475 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 10:43 AM (in response to Psychentist)

    It won't open DRM protected ibooks from Apple. Some publishers don't apply DRM to their books (I think that O'Reilly's ibooks are DRM-free) so it might open them and free ibooks, but it won't open the majority of ibooks.

  • altovuelo Calculating status...
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    Apr 7, 2013 11:41 AM (in response to Psychentist)

    Psychentist, that method works fine for some books. For example, and somewhat ironically, the free iPhone User Guide opens perfectly, and everything is displayed. But a novel that I read on my iPad shows only the Table of Contents in Digital Editions -- the pages are completely blank. Other books show text, but not illustrations. And another book, Canon 5d Mark III Experience, will not even give Digital Editions as an option when I Ctrl-click "Open With" -- the only choice present is iTunes. So, I changed the extension (as suggested in an earlier post here) to .epub. It would then open in ADE if I dragged it to the ADE app. But all that appears, again, is the TOC -- the pages are blank.

     

    Sorry, Apple has effectively blocked this for anything labelled iBook. But WHY??? The app is free on iOS. They are making their $$$ by selling the books, not the app. Nobody -- NOBODY -- is going to buy an iPad or an iPhone just to get the iBook app. This makes no sense whatever. Is it just a lack of attention? Or, it's not where they are making their bucks so they simply don't care? It's hard to imagine that a company as large and as profitable as Apple is willing to **** off so many people over something as stupid as this.

     

    I've been a loyal Apple devotee for years. But it is frustrating as **** that there is simply no direct way to communicate with the company. NONE. I can't imagine that anyone at Apple is paying attention to these discussions. Or, if they are, why is there no response? Like, "we hear you, we're working on it". Or even, "We can't do it, because...".

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