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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,205 points)

    That's too bad, it says right on the purchase page that you need an iOS device.  In the future, buy your books from another source for use with the Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Googlebooks reader apps.

  • techno_Geek Level 1 (0 points)

    I hope apple will create a plug in for itunes that will read their drm-ed ibooks

  • Titusoldrich Level 1 (0 points)

    Just came across the problem myself......answer found fast firefox EPUBReader addon works like a charm now can read on my PC through firefox of course.  Simple easy no messing around with striping the DRM and all that jazz sounds like a pain if you ask me but if we pay for it we own it should be able to use as we please can now read on my PC as well as my other Apple devices simple effective took like 1 min download and up and running.

  • _PK_ Level 1 (0 points)

    Any PAID for book NOT produced by Apple will still not open with the add-on you suggest.

    I've tried it repeatedly and I wish people would stop saying that it will work, because until Apple stop putting DRM stuff on their books, you can't read paid for books with a free epub reader.

    And by Paid for books, I mean books like

    ActionScript 3.0 Bible by Roger Braunstein


    Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Catalyst CS5 for Dummies by Finklestein, Lette & Lette

    which both cost in the region of $40 to purchase.

    I would have been better off finding the hard copy version of these and using them as paperweights for all the help I've been getting from them sitting on my iPad.


    Sorry, but I am frustrated that Apple still has not included any way for us to be able to read our book in iTunes on a computer after we've paid good money for them, and by the confusion that obviously regins in the fact that FREE books can USUALLY be read with the help of a browser Add-on, but PAID books can not.

  • stanni2 Level 1 (0 points)

    This is a big reason for me to not buy apple products in the future. If I pay 35 euros for an ebook I would **** well want to be able to read it on my pc, I mean the pc is a friggin electronic device, so why should I be forced into the apple product range?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,205 points)

    Titusoldrich wrote:


    answer found fast firefox EPUBReader addon works like a charm


    Not for what most people want to do.  From the FAQ for this addon:



    Can I read ePub-files protected by DRM?
    Unfortunately not. In this case you have to use an ePub-reader which supports DRM, e.g. Adobe Digital Editions.


    Adobe Digital Editions is also useless for DRM-protected books from the iBookstore.

  • drowningindata Level 1 (5 points)

    Is there any way of exporting from the Apple iBooks Author App to other formats.


    I just downloaded Mountain Lion because I wanted to use the iBooks Author App (it won't work on OS X Snow Leopard) to produce an arts brag book with hopefully some interactive content. I'm now having second thoughts.

    What I need to know; is there any way of exporting from the Apple iBooks Author App to other formats, esp those capable of being read on other devices and on PCs? I don't want to be locked into producing just for iOS readers; distribution-wise thats a no-brainer.

    If there's no way of creating a more universal product then it might be preferable to use PDF instead as this is widely used and can include I think other media, ie movies, sound etc.


    Additionally I'd like to make the remark that most epub readers are really crappy and substandard, additionally the ePub format is really lacking in features, you are restricted to one font and WP-like flow-on text that can break your copy up in untidy ways ie when a new chapter starts at the top of the next page you can find one line of text from the previous chapter on an otherwise blank previous page, ugly.

    And well, sad that Forstall lost his job at Apple but if it means the end of ersatz pretend book and notepad apps - faux paper pages, faux leather and wood 'binding' etc, then great, we're in the 21st century! Where's my floating text and imagery, where's my sexy avatar?


    So why isn't there an indie bookstore like there's Bandcamp for music?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,205 points)

    drowningindata wrote:


    Is there any way of exporting from the Apple iBooks Author App to other formats.



    The iBooks Author app is designed to produce the .ibooks format.  This can only be read on an iPad.  It can also export to pdf, which can be read on any platform.


    To produce epub, which can also be read on all platforms, you can use lots of different apps, but Apple's solution is Pages.  I think some pro's use InDesign and aim for the epub3 format, which is beyond Pages at this time.

  • drowningindata Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks Tom.

    I'm familiar with Pages ePub and InDesign having just published a book using both on Lulu. The Pages ePub export worked well. Trying to put a Word file through Lulu's converter was a nightmare.


    Interesting to hear that iBooks Author exports PDF, I wonder how that works with the interactive, video and audio content. Best to get a manual for Author and find out. Also interesting to hear about ePub 3, I looked into this briefly but it seems to be a work-in-progress at the moment, we sorely need a better ePub standard though.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,205 points)

    drowningindata wrote:


    Interesting to hear that iBooks Author exports PDF, I wonder how that works with the interactive, video and audio content.


    I'm sure it all disappears, as noted in



    The iBookstore also doesn't host pdf books, if I remember right.


    Apple has supposedly updated iBooks to support epub3 and makes specific reference to it in the latest iTunes Producer Guide



    By the way, the forum for iBooks Author discussions is at



    and other forums for people producing books are at


  • Kandy73 Level 1 (0 points)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,205 points)

    Kandy73 wrote:


    I just found this hopefully it works.


    Neither that nor any other app will let you read paid-for books from the iBookstore with DRM protection on your Mac or PC, and that is what most people are interested in doing and why these threads exist.  There has never been any problem reading epubs without DRM on other platforms.

  • iamagoblin Level 1 (0 points)

    This is ridiculous. I have just purchased a book intending to read it on i tunes. What the **** is wrong with apple? I have kept away from apple for years because of cross platform compatability issues and this has reinforced my view. have never owned an apple product and never will. a company run by hipsters for the sheep! style over substance.

  • MadMadMadMad Level 1 (0 points)

    The only reason I bought it on iTunes is because of the gift cards I keep getting.  I dont eve n have any Apple devices. I jusr wanted to readbmy book.  But noooooo Apple is so f*cking prissy they wont let me convert it. I mean come on. You will probably get more sales on iTunes if I could convert this sh*t but no. Ypu had to make it freaking impossible. This does not make me want to BUY an Apple device. This makes me want to NEVER USE IOS AGAIN. If anybody from Apple reads this please try to accommodate those of us who actually like our Andriods and PCs.




                             Thank You

  • MadMadMadMad Level 1 (0 points)

    I can listen to music on my PC. I can watch movies on my PC. Why can't I READ BOOKS!

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