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Question: How can I read my iBooks on my PC?

Is it possible to read my iBooks on my PC

If yes, how do I do it?

If no - when is this going to be able to happen?


Thanks


I have a desktop PC with iTunes, but I have an Apple iPad with iBooks

I'm asking here in the iBooks forum as it relates to iBooks, I'll also ask in iPad because it relates to iPad as well

iPad, Windows 7

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Feb 15, 2012 9:48 AM in response to Tom Gewecke In response to Tom Gewecke

Thanks for the good info Tom. I'm rather annoyed with myself for assuming there would be an ibooks reader, of some sort, on my pc. I've recently paid for several ibooks, each in the $25-$40 range, and can now only read them on my iphone or wife's ipad. It's so disappointing that, when I travel, I am unable to access these books on my laptop.


Caveat Emptor!

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Apr 25, 2012 7:08 PM in response to _PK_ In response to _PK_

Alright I'm back and have discovered a new way of reading ebooks downloaded off of itunes on a PC.

First check that you have Google Chrome.

Next go to the web store.

Type in the Search bar "magicscroll ebook reader" without Quotes.

Install the extention.

Then open the app and follow the prompts.

It is as easy as that and this app unlike my previous answer is of higher quality and displays the book in book form along with other advntages like automatic scrolling and even a table of contents.


Once Again Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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Apr 25, 2012 8:05 PM in response to connor48 In response to connor48

connor48 wrote:


have discovered a new way of reading ebooks downloaded off of itunes on a PC.



Most people ask this question because they want to read best-sellers and other paid-for books from the iBookstore. Your addon will NOT let them do that, it will only work for free books (or those from the very few publishers which do not use DRM).


It is important not to mislead people about this, because your advice could make them spend money on iBooks when to read them on their PC they must in fact buy them elsewhere.

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May 23, 2011 12:05 AM in response to _PK_ In response to _PK_

Unfortunateley it's not possible to read iBooks on a computer since they come with DRM on them. This DRM prevents the books from being opened on anything other than iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches with the iBooks application and your Apple ID. It seems unlikely that Apple would release such an application to read iBooks on a computer but so far they've made no announcements so it's still a possibility.

May 23, 2011 12:05 AM

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May 23, 2011 3:04 AM in response to shadowhawk2008 In response to shadowhawk2008

shadowhawk2008 wrote:


It seems unlikely that Apple would release such an application to read iBooks on a computer but so far they've made no announcements so it's still a possibility.


Actually it is highly surprising that Apple has not yet released iBooks for Mac laptops/desktops, since all the competing ereaders have done so, which makes buying books from them much more attractive. So I would think that a future release for OS X is very likely. A release for Windows seems a lot less so...

May 23, 2011 3:04 AM

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May 27, 2011 2:15 PM in response to Tom Gewecke In response to Tom Gewecke

Not suprising- downright silly. I am not a big reader- but decided to buy a few books for my iPad. Couldn't find them in the iBookstore- but no problem with Amazon. At least I can access them on any decice that the Kindle reader can run on- how silly that Apple is hampering their own success. Why can't they at least allow it through iTunes- everything else goes through it. Just silly!

May 27, 2011 2:15 PM

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Aug 15, 2011 8:26 AM in response to _PK_ In response to _PK_

So to be clear they remove the 'store' option from all of their competitors but not their own app. And, unlike the competition, they are the only major ebook retailer to NOT have a Mac or PC option to read from. Sorry this is not 'silly' it is downright pathetic or short-sighted. Seems to serve their own needs and not address those of all their loyal customers.

Aug 15, 2011 8:26 AM

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Sep 30, 2011 8:22 PM in response to _PK_ In response to _PK_

Check out the following page: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4059


Please note that under "What are the requirements to use iBooks?", it states that iBooks uses the ePub format. Knowing this, I used a Firefox Add-In that reads ePub and read the free public domain stuff I downloaded (I guess "purchased" is the better word) on the iPhone 4. I found all of my iTunes files in my user folder, under My Music, iTunes, iTunes Media. I did a drag-n-drop onto a new tab I opened in Firefox and it opened perfectly fine and everything rendered properly...so I'm thinking that maybe Apple's DRM is supported by a freeware ePub reader?


Just sayin...

Sep 30, 2011 8:22 PM

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Sep 30, 2011 8:31 PM in response to a c0mputer guru In response to a c0mputer guru

a c0mputer guru wrote:


so I'm thinking that maybe Apple's DRM is supported by a freeware ePub reader?



You are thinking wrong. When you have actually bought a book from the ibookstore with drm and read it with your Firefox or anything else on your Mac or PC, do come back here and tell us the name of the book.


Why do you think that you "purchased" the "free public domain stuff" you downloaded, or that it has DRM?

Sep 30, 2011 8:31 PM

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Nov 16, 2011 1:43 PM in response to a c0mputer guru In response to a c0mputer guru

guru is correct, minus the supposition around "DRM' and "purchased" and "free domain stuff" which is not relevant ala correct or incorrect. the solution works and that is what the original post was requesting "can i read my iBook downloads on my PC"


btw- Tom Every book i have "purchased" has been opened by my firefox add-on... Acceptance is the answer to your problems



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Nov 16, 2011 1:43 PM

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Nov 16, 2011 7:45 AM in response to crs Stanley In response to crs Stanley

crs Stanley wrote:


Every book i have "purchased" has been opened by my firefox add-on... Acceptance is the answer to your problems


Thanks for that info! Please provide the title of one of them so that I can try to duplicate your experience on my machine.

Nov 16, 2011 7:45 AM

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Nov 16, 2011 4:27 PM in response to crs Stanley In response to crs Stanley

crs Stanley - Please tell me which Firefox add-on you are using?


Every time I try to do what you are suggesting with one of my Purchased books I get the error message of

Your ePub-book is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). For this reason it can unfortunately not be opened.


For the record - and this should not have had to have been necessary to state - "Purchased" means not free, I've paid real money for it.


I have no problems with reading most of the free books I have obtained from iBooks in Forefox, but anything I've paid jolly good money for - ie, a textbook costing $40 - I can't read or open on my PC in my browser.

Nov 16, 2011 4:27 PM

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Nov 17, 2011 10:01 AM in response to _PK_ In response to _PK_

_PK_ wrote:


Every time I try to do what you are suggesting with one of my Purchased books I get the error message of

Your ePub-book is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). For this reason it can unfortunately not be opened.


That is what I see and that is the expected behavior. Someone who claims otherwise is either a) reading a free book, or b) reading books from one of the very few publishers who don't do DRM, like O'Reilly, or c) removing the DRM before trying to open the book.

Nov 17, 2011 10:01 AM

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Nov 21, 2011 3:45 PM in response to sirgunther In response to sirgunther

Actually, with the Amazon Kindle books, you can use your Mac as well - you don't have to go to your "Windows side." You just us the Kindle Cloud Reader. Sign-in at a secure SSL site: https://www.read.amazon.com with a supported browser:

  1. Google Chrome 11 and higher on Linux, MacOS X, and Windows.
  2. Mozilla Firefox 6 and higher on Linux, MacOS X, and Windows.
  3. Safari 5 and higher on MacOS X and Windows.
  4. Safari on iPad with iOS 4.2 and Higher


and.........voila!....there are all of your book covers. You can keep all of your notes, bookmarks, highlights, etc.


I was looking for something similar for iBooks and have discovered it's a no go. Not even an app for the Mac or PC.

Nov 21, 2011 3:45 PM

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