Without a brain engaged one may assume that the master brand has already thought these things through. While sipping on Apple flavored KoolAid a person seems to forget that the possibility exists that people may actually need to use their computer for something beyond what Apple thinks it should be used for. If you have been an Apple loyalist for a long time then you know that Apple gained popularity by being a company that created a very open format ... the many open source programs, etc. made Apple a far different product than Windows based. You should be able to recognize that of late it appears that Apple has taken on a more arrogant approach of telling the consumer what kind of product that they should want instead of actually listening to market demand. For an example of using iBooks on your computer ... doing homework ... it may just be that someone would like to cut and paste a quote into a document. There are a multiplied other reasons. But none less important than the fact that the company should recognize that Kindle has an app for Mac OSX. If it is about business then ...
I can't understand why Apple refuse to give us customers the app we need.
I'm a writer/translator/editor of eBooks. The way I READ books is not to the usual one, because the books I read (mostly eBooks, but paper too!) are the sort of reading that cannot be done in the bus...
I NEED to WRITE my comments while reading, and get it later to write articles, blogs etc.
SO using my iPad mini or iPad 3 is NOT allways the good way to do that. It is very cool for ME to SIT FOR HOURS ;-) in front my big screen and many paper-books opened on my desk...
I've been in search of the best solution to read/write on an eText on ALL my machines: iMac, macAir, ipad, iPhone... and - alas! - the ONLY ONE I've found is... AMAZON-KINDLE software on them !
What a pity! And is not ever possible, as other users have been writing here: how about DRMs?
SO... NO SOLUTION.
Please, Apple! Don't be DEAF to "the rest of us"!
Thank heavens I found this thread here. I have just spent the better part of an hour trying to work out how to get my iBooks onto my Mac. Given that our family has spent a small fortune on Apple products, and I've used Macs since 1987, the assumption that I could read an iBook product on my MacBook seemed logical. But no.
What on earth is going on at Apple? This subject has been discussed for almost 2 years and there's still no solution????
Well the next thing I'd better do is delete my iBooks from my iPhone so I don't waste any more of my precious cash. Back to Amazon and Kindle, which I have on all my devices.
(BTW if anyone's wondering why I wanted to do this, I downloaded a music textbook on iBooks and attempted to play some piano sheet music from it using my iPhone. (I don't have an iPad.) I couldn't zoom in on the images. I tried everything. So I thought, oh, I'll just open it up on my Mac. Well, silly me. Waste of time, effort and money.)
Apple is extremely two faced on this issue. Apple says buy a mobile computor so you can access ALL your data needs on on our superior os's anywhere!! Just buy Apple and you will be satisfied.
But not really, because .. but by the way when we (Apple) say mobile computor we (Apple) don't mean ALL our Apple mobile devices, we mean mobile devices like ipads and iphones. Not mobile apple devices like Mac Book air and Mac Books.....
When you walk in a apple retail store and you tell the sales person, I want to buy a Apple mobile computor to be able to read books, watch movies and hear music I bought from APPLE, see if it is this gem is disclosed to you "Yes Sir, you do allmost all of that on your MacAIR except you can read ONLY READ Kindle books with the Kindle app on your mac air, because our management has dissallowed up to produced a apple ibooks reader app for your Mac Air, so if you really want that feature please buy a ipad or iphone in addition to your mobile mac air Imac or MacBook Pro". " We are sorry that you thought you might be apple to read your purchased Apple Ibooks on you lighting fast,light weight, battery operated Macbook Air "", Sir understand this, we dictate to you what your needs are and not the other way around" Come on Apple..Just do the right thing. review you basic philosphy is this where you are heading.
Not all books are novels - there are many text and reference books thar have intricate diagrams, graphics, etc that would be perfect on a large screen. Something Kindle users have been able to use from the very begining. Further, Apple touts intergration across its products as one of the reasons to to leave the PC world behind, but clearly something is missing.
I have been waiting for iBook on Mac for years. And I really thought that iBook on Mac and browser would come out very shortly. I was wrong like many others. There are many books need for bigger screen than iPad's such as programming books, school textbooks, and so on. I've given up iBook on MAC while I am using Kindle without any problem (actually I am very happy with Kindle app running on Mac). Apple cannot dictate what customers will do but Apple needs to provide more choices to customers so customers can choose what they need and want. Apple needs to know why Kindle is so successful. I can read ebooks purchased from Amazon by using Kindle ebook readers (Fire, Touch), browsers on Windows PCs, browsers on Linux, Kindle app on Mac, Kindle app on iPad and iPhone and Android phones and tablets. In the meantime, iBook works only from iPad and iPhone and books sold from iBook store isn't any cheaper than Amazon's. What's wrong with Apple?
I've just bought a Macbook Air to get more functionality on spreadsheets and text documents than I have on the iPad.
I used iBooks on the iPad to read and store articles and pages from websites as .pdfs for later reference. Now after paying $1700 for the Mac Air I find that there's no iBooks and I will have to forward then save every one of those .pdfs one at a time if I want to be able to see them on the Mac.
I also thought I could save those on iCloud so I could access them from both the iPad and Mac but that doesn't seem to be the case either.
(same for the Numbers and Pages docs on the iPad -- Windows for Mac won't open them and I don't want to buy another copy of Numbers, Pages, etc. for the Mac just so I can open them then switch over to Excel and Word. Guess I'll be emailing each of those to myself, too.)
I'm beginning to think I should have gone with a Windows based laptop and saved myself another (expensive) learning curve.
Question: Does anyone have a more elegant solution than emailing each of these .pdf documents to myself and then downloading to the Mac? I'm not even sure which app I would use to open them on the Mac afterward....
Its a bummer that there is no iBooks for OSX, agreed.
I'm not clear on why you are turning web pages into pdf's rather than saving the links with a bookmark, but you can easily transfer text and pdfs between machines using Evernote, which is pretty much designed for that kind of thing. I think it handles attachments like excel spreadsheets too.
For your own sanity though, consider switching to Numbers and Pages. Its very cheap compared to Micosoft office and it works beautifully. How much is your time worth?
You should be able to transfer your pdf's from your iPad to your Mac via the iTunes app on your Mac, after connecting the two devices. On a Mac pdf's are normally read by the Preview app that comes with OS X, or by Adobe Reader which you download.
You can convert your numbers and pages docs to .doc and .xls formats on your iPad before transferring to your Mac so they can be used by MS Office. I think you can also transfer these via iTunes or perhaps iCloud, but you should ask about that in the forum for that stuff.
happyfunballs and Tom, thanks so much for the tips!
I was saving web pages as .pdfs in iBooks so I can access the info without internet access (copies of legislative bills or web articles/papers, for instance) -- plus that's faster to load and I don't have to worry about the websites being down or removing articles.
I've downloaded Evernote and have had a quick look at it. Looks promising.
I found Adobe Reader and installed it. Silly me, I had been looking in the App Store for it....a friend directed me to the Adobe site, so I'm good to go with that.
I'll look into transferring via iTunes app after connecting the iPad and Mac. I had no idea I could physically connect them, so thanks for that tip.
It may all be intuitive to most folks, but I grew up with Windows since the (80s?), so this is a big change even after two years with an iPad.
Clearly, at the moment, the world is out of love with Apple. Their decision not to support iBook reading on MacOS / OS X (or, for that matter, Windows 7+) isn't the only reason for our lost love -- but it is certainly a contributor.
We don't know why this decision was made. Perhaps publishers insisted on it -- they insist on some very strange things.
Sadly the Kindle is not a great option either. It only supports .Mobi or Amazon's proprietary DRMd format. So publishers like O'Reilly can't use it well. Again, I wonder about the big publishers (not the small guys); they are infamously difficult to work with.
Non-DRMd ePub documents are also difficult to read on the Mac; so it's pretty much a thrash all around.
For non-DRMd eBooks (O'Reilly for exampe) I like BookReader ($10). There's a free Lite version that can handle one book at a time -- good for testing. Some bugs, page turning UI not immediately obvious, but it's the best we have.
Again, NON-DRM! Won't work for most iBookstore ePubs; they're FairPlay DRMd.