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Reading iBooks on macBook Pro??

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  • cgilbert56 Calculating status...
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    Dec 29, 2010 11:00 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    I'm thinking this may be possible when Apple release the App Store on the Mac, expected January 6th, 2010.
    Macbook Pro 15" (late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 5:58 AM (in response to cgilbert56)
    I'm thinking this may be possible when Apple release the App Store on the Mac, expected January 6th, 2010.


    I guess we will see if your thinking is right or not. I really don't think it matters that much, as the limited selection available in ibooks probably means that most people use other readers like Kindle.app for much of their reading.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 5:57 AM (in response to MTG68)
    Apple does not have an ibook function for your mac or macbook for one simple reason. If they did, you wouldn't rush out and buy an ipad.


    Nonsense. iBooks is hardly the main attraction of the iPad, especially considering the limited selection of books it has compared to Kindle.app. The idea that someone would buy a Mac to have Flash also seems ludicrous, but who knows...
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • cgilbert56 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2010 6:02 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    I agree. I use Kindle app and haven't been impressed with the selection available from iBooks currently.
    Macbook Air 11", Mac OS X (10.6.5)
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    Jan 5, 2011 6:50 AM (in response to chims)
    The only reason apps are not available for the computer is that Apple wouldn't sell any iPads. iPhones are phones and iPods are MP3 players. But an iPad is an in-between for people who like to hoard tech toys. Borders (the bookstore) has an eReader app for the Mac. The computer. With a store. All the books you want. Get that. The smallest font size is a bit large, but at least I can read on my laptop. Finally.
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jan 5, 2011 7:16 AM (in response to Lucgie)
    The only reason apps are not available for the computer is that Apple wouldn't sell any iPads.


    That is just nonsense. iBooks hardly matters in such a decision, and most people use other e-readers like the Kindle or Nook apps anyway because the book selection is larger.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • xavierdd Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2011 12:44 PM (in response to chims)
    I'm totally agree with you a e-book must and have to be able to work on any device and ibook application should be available for macbook...

    apple mac should work on it...
    Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jan 5, 2011 2:46 PM (in response to xavierdd)
    apple mac should work on it…


    Of course. If it is not in the new app store tomorrow, make sure you give Apple you views here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jan 6, 2011 8:34 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    PS The new app store does not have an iBooks for OS X in it.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • Ilens Calculating status...
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    Jan 6, 2011 7:36 PM (in response to Hokus Pokus)
    I've been going nuts trying to figure out how to transfer the ibooks i have on my itunes so i can read them on adobe digital editions. I read your post that you can read ibooks on this software so i'm hoping you can help me figure it out. How do i do this???
    MacbookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Jan 6, 2011 7:51 PM (in response to Ilens)
    You cannot read books you buy from the iBookstore with any other app -- they have drm that makes it impossible.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • wel3 Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to cgilbert56)
    Unfortunately this was not included in the Release of App Store for the Mac yesterday (Jan 6, 2011). They are going to continue to lose customers until they can sell books through iTunes that can be read accross all their products. I hear that it may be in June 2011.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Greg1234567890 Calculating status...
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    Jan 27, 2011 8:06 AM (in response to chims)
    I really wish I had read this forum BEFORE buying my first ibook. I was looking forward to reading my book on my laptop and iphone, but it seems my money only spends well enough for the iphone. Other apps like barnes and noble allow me to do both, so never again will I use the ibook app once i get past this book. Their loss not mine.
  • dott Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Jan 28, 2011 4:44 AM (in response to chims)
    Very disappointed as well I won't be buying any books for iBook until Apple comes up with an app for Mac OS X.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • ZerbyPhotography Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2011 10:19 PM (in response to Steve Wilkinson)
    I absolutely agree with you. I have several titles in iBooks, but I have not paid for a single one of them through the iBookstore. There are so many issues with DRM on ebooks that I refuse to purchase them. I would be a very willing consumer of ebooks if I could use them on the platform and reader of my choice.

    Suggestions for Apple:
    Desktop version of iBooks, DRM free ebooks, syncing between ibooks on different devices.

    Were at 1/3. Hopefully the other two will be forthcoming.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook3,1 + 4GB RAM
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