6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2010 7:28 AM by zdavatz
jdajYoung Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
How do I move a recently purchased iBook from the iPad to my macBook? I can see the book on my iTunes list on the MacBook, but it won't open. Thank you.

iPad, Other OS
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Sorry, but you can't open an iBook on your computer. It's only viewable on your iPad. Perhaps in the future that capability will be added by Apple but for not it's just not possible.

    Regards.
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,965 points)
    How do I move a recently purchased iBook from the iPad to my macBook?

    Mine transferred automatically. However, all of my downloads were Project Gutenberg "freebies." In addition, I had previously set up iTunes to sync test files in the opposite direction (from iTunes to the iPad). Not sure if either of these things affect the ability to make transfers.

    I can see the book on my iTunes list on the MacBook, but it won't open.

    I simple went to my iTunes media folder an opened the files in the "Books" folder using Adobe Digital Editions, Sony Reader Library, Stanza, Sigil, or similar ePub reader/editor applications.




  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Jon Walker wrote:
    I simple went to my iTunes media folder an opened the files in the "Books" folder using Adobe Digital Editions, Sony Reader Library, Stanza, Sigil, or similar ePub reader/editor applications.


    That will work for the public domain books from Project Gutenberg, but commercially-released iBooks (which I presume is what the OP is referring to since s/he said "purchased") are copy protected and can't be opened by any other readers, to the best of my knowledge, other than the iBooks app.

    Regards.
  • zdavatz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    If it is a standard formatted EPUB file then you can open the book in Firefox with the epubread.com Plugin installed.

    http://www.epubread.com/de/

    The question is: how do you get the book of your iPad or out of your iTunes.



    Best
    Zeno
  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,965 points)
    The question is: how do you get the book of your iPad or out of your iTunes.

    In my case I tested a number of ePub files already stored on my computer. Dropping the files to the iTunes library automatically created a "Books" area in iTunes to which the added files were automatically stored. I then set the iPad device "Books" tab option to "Sync Books > Selected Books" and proceeded to sync the test files to the iPad. Later, when I "purchased" the freebies, I noticed that although they displayed on the iPad, the iPad device directory in iTunes, in the "Purchased on iPad" listings, the did not immediately appear in the "Books" library. However, the next day when I again connected the iPad to my computer I happened to notice that the "purchased" volumes now appeared in the "Books" area of the iTunes library following the automatic "backing up" of the iPad which precedes the initialization sync upon connection. This is all I did. Itunes did everything else on its own and if it doesn't work for you, I simply don't know what else to tell you.

    As to getting the content "out of itunes," as I indicated above, once the ePub files were listed in the iTunes "Books" library, I found them to be physically stored on my dedicated iTunes 4TB CalDigit hard drive array and readily available for normal use. I am, of course, assuming the you are using the option to physically store media to iTunes and not using the storage by reference option.


  • zdavatz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Valuable information. Steve is gonna love it -