5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2011 12:29 PM by Tom Gewecke
Richaccountant Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
can i access the ibook store to see what is available / cost etc without first downloading the reader? i,m thinking of getting an ipad and am wondering if the books i want are available from apple

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    No, it's not possible to see what is in the iBookstore without an iOS device and the iBooks app installed. But it really doesn't matter, as all these devices can run apps for other sources, like Kindle, which have a much larger selection of books than iBooks. So check whether the books you want are available in Kindle format from Amazon (or Nook or GoogleBooks).
  • Michael Morrison1 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hello,

    On the iTunes Preview web pages, Apple's text says books can be downloaded on your computer with iTunes, but I don't see how to do it. Here is an example link:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/meet-the-ipad-2/id425671338?mt=11

    And the text that is found on this, and other, book pages:

    "This book is available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes"

    Any idea what this means? Or how to access books on my computer from iTunes?

    Thanks,

    Michael
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    Here is an example link:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/meet-the-ipad-2/id425671338?mt=11

    And the text that is found on this, and other, book pages:

    "This book is available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes"

    Any idea what this means? Or how to access books on my computer from iTunes?


    It could be an error. Or it could be that the publisher has made the same title available in audio format usable on your computer in the iTunes store. Or perhaps it just means that you can download an "app" version of the book usable on iOS from the iTunes app store using your computer.
  • rjbokleman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    One annoying thing is that if you start reading an iBooks edition of a book on your iPad and create highlights, notes, bookmarks, etc. Your iPhone has no idea that you've done that too the same copy of the book, so when you open it on another device...it doesn't retain any of those items.

    Too bad Apple doesn't get 'Any Device, Anywhere' and neither do most iOS developers out there like Angry Birds who have you starting the game over, and over, and over on each device rather than providing a sync mechanism.

    You're at home on the iPad reading a book. Leave and head to the Hospital with your iPhone and while sitting in the waiting room want to pick up where you left off with your iBook. Ugh!
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,720 points)
    Best to give Apple your views via their feedback channels, as they will most likely not see it here.

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/