9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2014 5:06 AM by Tom Gewecke
AnneHertz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

I'm a newbie here so I hope there is someone who can help

Due to a hw problem I have to send my IPad to "the hospital" - I am naturally devastated

Is there any way I can read my Ibooks (which I can see in Itunes on my PC) directly on my Windows Vista PC?

Thanks,

Anne

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (106,400 points)

    No, they can currently only be read in the iBooks app on an iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch - there is no PC (nor Mac) reader for them.

     

    If you buy/download books from Amazon then they have a PC version of their Kindle app (but due to digital rights management you can't read ibooks in a Kindle app, nor read Amazon's books in the iBooks app).

  • AnneHertz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    King Penguin

    You just solved my problem with reading without mu Ipad

    I downloaded the kindle app for pc and am now able to read my amazon kindle books - which I have many more of than Ibooks anyway.

    Thank you very much Anne

  • Rassmuss Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you are into eBooks, I recommend getting the program Calibre for eBook management.  It is compatible with all major readers that I have come in contact with (Kindle, Nook, iPad/iPhone/iPod, Sony, Kobo) and it has tons of cool features. Perhaps even circumventing dastardly restrictive impediments hindering you.

     

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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,710 points)

    Rassmuss wrote:

     

    If you are into eBooks, I recommend getting the program Calibre

     

    Neither Calibre nor any other app will let you read books purchased from the iBookstore which have DRM on a non-iOS device, which is what most people want to do.

  • roperv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Adobe to the rescue!  They have readers for Mac and Windows.  Here is the link.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,710 points)

    roperv wrote:

     

    Adobe to the rescue!  They have readers for Mac and Windows.  Here is the link.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions.html

     

    Neither Adobe Digital Editions nor any other app will let you read books purchased from the iBookstore which have DRM on a non-iOS device, which is what most people want to do.

  • jdarrus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Which is why the Kindle is so much better than iBooks.  I can read my kindle books on my iPad, iPhone, work provided Windows machine and my Linux computers at home.....

  • sinequo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ...But if I wanted to distribute an ibook for free limited distribution ( private and secure) - which wouldn't require DRM - is there a way that those people without a Mac or iPad would still be able to view it -  and without losing interactivity/ animations?  Maybe via .pdf?  I would like to confirm this before I spend a lot of time re configuring stuff into an ibook. Please help, I can't seem to find a definitive answer.  Many thanks...

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,710 points)

    sinequo wrote:

     

    ...But if I wanted to distribute an ibook for free limited distribution ( private and secure) - which wouldn't require DRM - is there a way that those people without a Mac or iPad would still be able to view it -  and without losing interactivity/ animations?  Maybe via .pdf?

     

    If you produce your book with iBooks Author, its .ibooks format can only be read on an iPad or a Mac running OS 10.9, no other platform.  If you export such a book to PDF format, you can see for yourself exactly what happens to it.  PDF can be read and looks the same on every platform.

     

    If you produce your book with some other app in .epub format, like Pages or InDesign or Sigil, it can be read the same way on every platform.