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  • aquariusrick Level 1 Level 1

    Tom Gewecke wrote:


    aquariusrick wrote:


      I truly believe we will see it within the next year or two.


    Yes, no problem when our laptops and desktops switch over to iOS:-)

    Called it!

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    aquariusrick wrote:


    Called it!


    Yes, congrats! good news!  At least for everyone with a machine which can run 10.9.

  • Mini Apple Genius Level 1 Level 1

    Right now, you can't. But in the Fall, be sure to udgrade to Mavericks if you can! it will FINALLY have iBooks!


    Hope This Helps!


    Mini Apple Genuis

  • Roger-C Level 1 Level 1

    I have an iPhone, iPad and iMac.  As I noted in a posting on, it makes no sense that I can read Kindle and Nook books on all of these platforms but cannot read iBooks on my iMac.  I simply do not buy the "not technologically feasible" argument.  If Amazon and Barnes & Noble (!!) can figure this out then you know that Apple can too.  It is just a matter of putting some resources into it.  As a commercial matter what they are doing is also stupid.  I would be happy to buy books on iBooks just as I buy music on iTunes, but until they fix this problem the only books I am "purchasing" from Apple are the free ones.  All the other books (you know, the ones I actually pay money for) are bought from Amazon or B&N.  Arrogant and stupid on the part of Apple - and a great way to lose loyal customers.  Looking at the latest data on market share Android is going up and up.  It would be a terrible shame for Apple arrogance to lead them to oblivion the same way as RIM arrogance (remember the days of "Crackberry") did the trick for BlackBerry.  At some point, such as very likely is the case for the former RIM, now BlackBerry, it will be too late to recover.  Apple is NO where near that now - but this should not even be something anyone remotely thinks of.

  • WilsonLaidlaw Level 1 Level 1

    Jam tomorrow.


    Should have been serving jam years ago.



  • Murtaza haider Level 1 Level 1

    If you want to read ibooks app books use "bookreader" for mac available in the mac app store,

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    That won't work with ibooks that have digital rights management on them (which is the majority of paid-for books), until OS X Mavericks is released later this year you will only be able to read them in the iBooks app on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

  • Mikael_B Level 1 Level 1

    I only buy iBooks if the title s not available elsewhere, the Kindle app is as good as the iBook and I can read my books on the iPad or Windows laptor or my...

    Apple refusing to allows us to read iBooks on any Mac is contraproducive, to say the least, anyone with a clear mind should use Kindle or some other crosspltform solution.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    You will be able to read ibooks on a Mac when OS X Mavericks is released later in the year :

  • Mikael_B Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I have heard that and should have included it in my answer, thanks for filling in, but still there is no rumour about an iBook reader for Windows or Androids so I still recommend a crossplatform reader such as Kindle, often the same book is cheaper on Kindle and I can read it on all my devices. I don't see how Apple gains anything with this silly restriction, and now they are loosening it.

  • greg.shenaut Level 1 Level 1

    In any case, it seems to me that the underlying problem here is the choice of digital rights protection made by both Apple and Amazon, among others. There are two approaches: use technology to *block* unauthorized access (while creating enormous inconveniences such as the subject of this thread), or use technology to *prosecute* those who blatantly violate access rights. While there are various ways to use the first approach, there are basically two ways to use the second one: the honor system (e.g., O'Reilly, who update their books fairly often with new content), or the watermark (lots of providers). I personally believe that watermarking (inserting a unique code into each ebook indicating who its original purchaser was) is the best way to protect rights. If you give a copy containg your watermark to your wife, no one really cares, and nothing need be done. But if you upload it to a sharing site so that thousands of copies are distributed for free, that will have a substantial impact on the owner of the rights; in that case, the owner can simply get a copy from the sharing site, look at the watermark, and come after you. This (or the honor system, which is also quite reasonable where appropriate) is the best way to protect ebook rights.


    I note en passant that I frequently read watermarked epubs purchased from various providers in iBooks on my iPhone. I can read the same ones on various readers on my Mac, including Murasaki & iReader. Hopefully, I will soon be able to read them in iBooks on my Mac.


    If Apple had chosen to use watermarked epubs in iBooks, then you could already have been reading them everywhere (except Kindle, which won't read epubs). In my opinion, that decision is what we should be complaining about, not (just) the long delay in allowing iBooks to be read on Macintosh.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9

    greg.shenaut wrote:


    In any case, it seems to me that the underlying problem here is the choice of digital rights protection made by both Apple and Amazon, among others.


    But DRM is hardly problem when apps can be provided for all platforms.  Only Apple is unwilling to do this itself or let anyone else do it.

  • mrhy88 Level 1 Level 1

    i would love to read books on my MacBook. No I don't need an iPad or an iPod neither an iPhone.

    even if i did have access to them at home ( which I do) I still want to read books on my 13" screen, usuing a Laptop to read


    I use my laptop to read. E-Books, webpages, forum threads, articles, pdfs, word docs, excel sheets....etc anything but using iBook

    I do like it. I did try other ways. I still prefer my laptop.

    I do not read on the go. I don't do take away reading. It is not fast food.

    I set at home and spend time to read. when i am out I face my world and i don't take my eyes off it to look at a screen.


    Thank you for spending your time on preventing me from reading more on my laptop.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10

    If you've read a few posts up you will see that iBooks will be available on Macs when OS X Mavericks is released in the Autumn :

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