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elitebox007 Level 1 Level 1
How do I read my iBooks on my iMac? I can see them in iTunes, but I don't know how to open them. I want to read them on my giant 27" iMac screen, instead of my iPad. Please help!

iMac 27-inch 2.8GHz Quad Core, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Reply by jaxjason on Sep 11, 2010 6:15 PM Helpful
If you can find the original file (does itunes give you the Show original or Show in finder? I'm not sure).

I beleive they are just epub files and you would need a program (google for them, theres a few out there) that can read them on the mac.

Jason

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  • jaxjason Level 4 Level 4
    If you can find the original file (does itunes give you the Show original or Show in finder? I'm not sure).

    I beleive they are just epub files and you would need a program (google for them, theres a few out there) that can read them on the mac.

    Jason
  • Mr.C UK Level 2 Level 2
    As far as I'm aware that is not going to work. The books obtained from the iBooks store use Apple's proprietary DRM and you need the iBooks app to read them. Therefore they can only be read on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Apple has not released an iBooks app for OSX.
  • celliott147 Level 4 Level 4
    expertise.wireless
    Wireless
    You cannot do this at the moment... Apple has not provided a way to do this, and their eBooks have DRM protection so they cannot be read with other readers. You can leave feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback/iPad.html. Hopefully this capability will be added in the future...
  • JaapKoole Level 1 Level 1
    I guess the iBooks app wil be one of the first apps in the new app store on jan 6th.

    No garantuee, you never know what Apple will do, but it seems to be a logical step.
  • Rudegar Level 7 Level 7
    if it's non drm books you can use stanza to read them
    http://www.lexcycle.com/faq
  • Dickerdo Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you.

  • Dragonite87 Level 1 Level 1

    There is no actual iBooks app for the mac but there is kindle and stanza.

  • donfromsausalito Level 1 Level 1

    IBOOKS *****

    I'll just continue building my Kindle library which I can use on any and all devices. Now sorry I bought a few books on Ibooks.

  • yosimon Level 1 Level 1

    Can I be alone in thinking that this is disgraceful on Apple's part.  Having converted my entire family to Apple and purchasing 3 ipod touches, 1 Pad, 1 Iphone 4 and 1 £1400.00 imac, and then bought the content (from Apple), it is ridiculous that I can't view that content on my imac.  I hope Apple can sort these irritations out - it cant be that hard.  I hope others read these posts before committing fully to Apple, because now and again I am asking myself whether life was just a little bit easier in the world of Windows, which is a real shame - because on the whole Apple products are so good.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    yosimon wrote:

     

    Can I be alone in thinking that this is disgraceful on Apple's part. 

    So buy your ebooks from Amazon, download the free Kindle app to your iPad, your Touch and your iMac. You can now read your ebook purchases on all of your Apple devices. Problem solved.

  • JodiMH Level 1 Level 1

    Yeah, that doesn't work for me.  I need iBook for the functions (highlight in different colors, speech to text, audio capability, etc).  I find it very disgraceful on Apple's part and somewhat annoying. I hope they change it soon.  We are very loyal to Apple -- we have an iMac and MacBook, 4 iPods and 1 iPad.  I'd like to have books on all of them in iBook. 

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    JodiMH wrote:

     

    I find it very disgraceful on Apple's part and somewhat annoying. I hope they change it soon.  We are very loyal to Apple -- we have an iMac and MacBook, 4 iPods and 1 iPad.  I'd like to have books on all of them in iBook. 

    So why are you telling me? I can't do anything about it. Submit your feedback directly to Apple using the appropriate link on the Feedback page:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

  • yosimon Level 1 Level 1

    But i have already purchased a lot of books form itunes. so what, now i cant read those on an apple product that cost me £1400.00. Me and JodiMH are not alone in feeling this even if you are not.  Look around the forums there are lots of people making exactly the same point.  I would prefer to buy and use my content in an Apple product, and I dont want to have to rebuy what I already have.  I really dont think it would be that difficult for the world's biggest company to make a reader for its computer!

  • yosimon Level 1 Level 1

    And I don't think JodiMH was responding to you personally...It was just a comment on this thread.

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