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scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

Hi.

 

I got an email from Apple saying about how you can get money off Macs for college students, and that they get £65 to spend.

 

But, it says you can spend it on the 'iBookstore' and in the picture, it shows a book being displayed on a MacBook Pro.

 

So how do you read a book on a Mac?

 

Cheers!

Solved by a brody on Aug 4, 2011 7:06 AM Solved

If the e-mail only shows pictures and offers for MacBook Pros, and the iBookstore, without having any mention that the iOS device must be used, it is only logical to assume the MacBook Pros and iBookstore are not mutually exclusive.  Unfortunately they are at this time.  It would help if the e-mail said that the iOS device must be used to read the iBookstore data.  I would convey that to the people at Apple offering that e-mail.  That's all I'm saying.

Reply by a brody on Aug 4, 2011 5:19 AM Helpful

Contact the number on the e-mail and tell them it is deceptive advertising.  Their support articles show nothing about iBooks being readable without an iPad.  If there is a method of doing it, they should say how to do it in the advertisement.  I seached http://www.macupdate.com/ a popular search engine for Mac software and found no evidence the iBookstore is available for Mac OS X.

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  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    Contact the number on the e-mail and tell them it is deceptive advertising.  Their support articles show nothing about iBooks being readable without an iPad.  If there is a method of doing it, they should say how to do it in the advertisement.  I seached http://www.macupdate.com/ a popular search engine for Mac software and found no evidence the iBookstore is available for Mac OS X.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    I believe I got the same e-mail yesterday, though in my case it's $100 not £65.  Nowhere in the e-mail does it claim you can read books on your Mac, although I'd be surprised if Apple did not make this possible at some point at or near the release of iOS 5.  You're not the only one who wants to be able to read iBookstore books on the Mac.

     

    If you're referring to the part of one of the images shown below, note that there is no information about what that is.  Could just be a PDF file in full screen mode.

     

    Screen Shot 2011-08-04 at 8.23.22 AM.png

     

    Look for ePUB readers for the Mac...  though I'm not sure there are any good options yet.  But I don't know that for sure.

  • coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3

    I use http://calibre-ebook.com/about to convert books, and it has a reader built in. perhaps that is what was shown?

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    It's odd how it says 'iBookstore' when there is NO 'iBookstore'. Even if it was just a PDF file, it seems odd that it says you can spend the £65 in the 'iBookstore'.

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    I've just asked one of the 'Apple Experts' (yeah right) on the online Apple Store. She says that there are books available in the Mac App Store - by searching "books". BUT, they are just kids' books and do not look like the one (if it was a book) featured in the picture in that email.

     

    Unless it's just a leaked image, like "a brody" said - it's deceptive advertising.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    That Calibre might get it into a PDF format, as it does support the iPad, and conversion of the iBook format.  I would would contact them and ask if once converted to PDF it can be imported into the Mac.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.classicmacos
    Classic Mac OS

    By the way, please look at the spelling of my name.  It is not Broody.  It is Brody.

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    In the email, it says 'iBookstore'. According to the online 'Apple Expert', there is no iBookstore, there is only 'iBooks' for iOS devices...

     

    iBooks.jpg

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    So sorry! Corrected now.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    It's odd how it says 'iBookstore' when there is NO 'iBookstore'.

     

    Google "Mac iBookstore".  You'll find numerous hits on Apple's own web site.  For example:

     

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/ibooks.html

     

    ibookstore.png

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    Ok, but there is no 'iBookstore' for Macs. The email doesn't suggest you need an iOS device with your Mac to spend the £65 on books.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    The only mention of the iBookstore in the e-mail is in the fine print at the bottom that explains where the card can be used.  That does not constitute deceptive advertising or an implication that there is an iBookstore for the Mac.  It also states that you can use the card on the App Store (which is not the same as the Mac App Store, mentioned separately in the fine print), and the App Store does not exist on the Mac.  The App Store is for iOS apps only.

     

    Are you suggesting you would be happier if the card could only be used for Mac-related purchases and not for everything offered for sale by or through Apple?

  • coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3

    Well, that's kinda how it works. Take a PDF, make an epub. U can read on the mac, but the interface rots compared to iBooks on the iPad/iPhone (no swipes):

    Screen Shot 2011-08-04 at 7.28.28 PM.png

  • scottsalter Level 1 Level 1

    I'm just saying that the email does not suggest you need an iOS device to spend in the iBookstore. That's all.

     

    To me, although it may be a PDF document, it still looks like a book on the Mac's screen.

     

    For someone who doesn't have a Mac, it looks as if you can visit all of those stores on your Mac - when you clearly can't.

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