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How can I read my iBooks on my PC?

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  • techno_Geek Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2012 12:44 AM (in response to _PK_)

    hmmmm I wonder why it doesn't work for you,


    here is a screenshot of mine


    can you send/email me some books that you've purchased on iBooks?

    I'll try if I could open it on firefox.


    and oh, I'm sure apple DRMed their books even if it's free, you know apple.

    Those were app Developer's books by the way.



  • techno_Geek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2012 3:42 AM (in response to _PK_)

    I'm just trying to help here man, I'm not interested with your $40 book,


    well if you will not cooperate, there's nothing that I can do more but to hope and pray that someone might have a better solution, if there is any.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 7, 2012 4:56 AM (in response to techno_Geek)

    techno_Geek wrote:


    and oh, I'm sure apple DRMed their books even if it's free


    What total unhelpful nonsense you have posted here, twice.  No free Apple publications are DRMed, and that is exactly why you can read them with the mozilla addon.  You can also read paid-for books from O'Reilly and Take Control, but they are exceptions to the rule.

  • techno_Geek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to _PK_)

    okay I get your point, sounds like there's no solution for your problem as of now.

  • vickyfromwhite bear township Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2012 10:09 AM (in response to _PK_)

    So.... If I buy a book for my eReader it allows me to also read it on my PC, laptop and Droid (up to 6 registered devices) but if I buy a book on iTunes I can only read it on an iPad? Sorry, Apple, looks like I may as well stick to buying my books elsewhere since I don't have any other Mac products. Glad I'm doing this kind of research BEFORE I actually bought an iPad.

  • techno_Geek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yes sadly vicky you're right...

  • michael.piet Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to _PK_)

    No, because Apple is a corporation intent on making money. I suggest going to the store and buying a paper copy, that will play everywhere and it will not require you to use an apple device.


    I downloaded the iBooks app and again got suckered by apple into an underachieving application. I really hope apple eventually collapses under it's own pompoms business model which makes you jump hopes to get the simplest of items.


    I doubt this response will help, but at least it helped me vent.


    Don't get iBooks, GET KINDLE OR KOBO, anything but this poor excuse for an e-book reader.

  • kemgreen Calculating status...
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    Jan 8, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to michael.piet)

    If you buy a book on Amazon, it can only be read on a Kindle or a Kindle app. They are as specific as Apple's iBook. Nook is the same way. If you buy from books on board or kobo, you can put them on Nook or iBook but not on Kindle. Amazon books can only be read on Kindle or with Kindle app. That is much more restrictive. Until recentely, you could not even check out a book from the library. Even now they have their own mobi version.


    People need to realize that the ebook trade is restrictive to the place you bought it. Each puts its own DRM on them which prevents them from being read on another ebook reader.


    I didn't read the whole line of posts but if you purchased your ebook, you can find a drm removal program and then you can put them on any ereader, except of course, Kindle.

  • kemgreen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to _PK_)

    Also, on the ipad, you can read any type of ebook. There is an app for Kindle, an app for Nook and any other epub format ebook you buy or rent from the library.

  • Pendlemac Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2012 4:16 PM (in response to kemgreen)

    There is the option ( if you like science fiction ) of going to Baen for e-books.


    $6 each, no DRM and available for download in all the common formats such as ePub, html, mobi ( Kindle ) etc.


    I don't work for them but would point out that their business model seems to have worked OK for the last 10 years or so,


    Oh, and if you buy a hardback version of one of their books it may come with a CD of DRM-free books that you are encouraged to share as they feel that this persuades people to try the books and then come and buy others.

  • saywhat4 Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2012 7:43 AM (in response to _PK_)

    Such a big FAIL on Apple for this one. I purchased two books before knowing this was the case and switching to the Kindle app. Sometimes I would like to read my purchased books on a PC instead of my little tiny iPhone, and that shouldn't be too much to ask - especially since one of the purchases was more costly on iBooks than it would've been on Amazon. You can have the app for Kindle on any device, so it's the most versatile, it allows you to lend books to friends, the customer service (should you need it) with Amazon is really great (at least that's my experience with them in the past decade), and you can borrow Kindle books from the public library if you want. Amazon constantly also runs really great specials on their book prices. Perhaps Apple will eventually catch up...

  • neo2011 Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2012 12:37 AM (in response to _PK_)

    I purchased an ibook and found photo's in my ibook didn't always show up correctly on my iphone 4. As much as i love the convenience of taking my iphone everwhere, I would not buy another ibook that can be purchased on paper + having not to squint at smaller display. So What ,ibook doesn't work on PC. Just do what I'm doing. Don't support this stuff .You bought it and don't like restriction's, Lesson learned .Apple needs to do oh so much better and as a 1 ibook purchaser, I'm sorry , won't be buying off you again as well as recommending friends do the same .Guess what. Same book purchased thorugh knidle that can be read on iphone app and PC. go figure

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