Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How and Where to Find and Read Apple's iBooks

Even though I am using Mac computers for almost thirty years, I was struggling to find (my own) ebooks on the Apple website - because it's just not possible to browse them on the internet.  Only after I read a fantastic article by Piotr Kowalczyk on his website I discovered how Apple's iBook system works: 

"In recent years, many new users enter the Apple ecosystem not by buying a Mac computer, but a mobile device – iPad or iPhone.

If you decided iBooks would be your book-reading app, make sure that you will never want to get the books you bought in the iBooks Store to the computer. Because you won’t access them until you buy a Mac.

Apple’s proposal for book readers is similar to what Henry Ford coined: “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”  Any user can read ebooks on any device as long as it’s made by Apple:

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod Touch
  • Mac

The app is included by default (and not removable) on every device with iOS 8, and OS X Yosemite. The books can be synced via your iCloud account.

If you downloaded iTunes app to your Windows-powered computer in order to manage your music library, don’t try to find the book section. It’s not there.

You Can’t Read Books in the Browser
Amazon offers an access to Kindle books via the web browser. Maybe Apple does the same?

No. You can’t access, manage and read the books from your iBooks library using the web browser. This is not an option to PC users started to convert to Apple via iPhone or iPad.

Access via the web browser is very helpful if you seriously think about using digital textbooks to learn. Some things just have to be done on a bigger screen with a full-size keyboard.

Apple puts a lot of stress on the textbooks and using their devices in education, but only the richest students, the ones who can afford iPads and Macs, can study this way.

If you want to access your books and textbooks literally from any device (nowadays, any device has a browser), you should consider Amazon Kindle or Google Play Books.

iBooks Store Does NOT Have a Web Store
When you think of an online store, you are sure it can be found on Google and accessed from a web browser. Not the iBooks Store.  Apple hates browsers to the point, where you can’t access the iBooks Store this way. The only way is via iBooks app or iTunes."

Read the whole article what you need to know about the iBook store here:



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