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Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by nostylluan, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    why isn't there a mac app? why can't i read my books on my computer? why did they leave this one out? *cries*
     
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    I'm wondering the exact same thing. Maybe iBooks will come a little later on. This is only Dev Preview 1.
     
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    ghall

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    Because it would be a pain in the butt to read a book on a Mac.
     
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    probably waiting for the mbp with retina display ;)
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    why? you can read kindle and kobo on computers, its like reading forums... is it a pain in the butt to read forums? :confused:
     
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    maflynn

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    Apple has yet to address this issue, and I suspect it won't in the near future, unfortunately
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    sure, reading a book on a Mac isn't optimal, but it's still a nice feature to have because sometimes when I'm sitting at my Mac, and I think of a passage in a book, I'd like to be able to access the book right away instead of having to dig out my iPad or my iPhone.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    The Mac app "BookReader" by Leo Mesentsev has a GUI similar to that of iBooks on iOS devices.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    I think the app is in production but is written solely in hiDP so is being held back until the retina macs become available.
     
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    macrumors G3

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    Ahh but imagine you're doing a paper for a class and you want to bring up a textbook or 2 to reference? It would be more painful to have to use an iPad as well in that case.

    I hope that iBooks on OS X would allow you to have a few books open for reference and hopefully the same book open to a few spots.
     
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    Forums are different, most content consumed on a computer is short-form. Books are long form, and are best enjoyed in physical book form or on a tablet/ereader of some kind.

    I didn't really think of that.

    Maybe it will be announced alongside Siri for Mac. :)
     
  12. thread starter macrumors member

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    this is a biased opinion, i like to read on my computer, i don't have any problems with my screen (just like an ipad). i don't need to physically have something in my hands to read... ever heard of being on a bed with a laptop? or on a couch?

    i read kindle on my computer, and i like it.
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. I've downloaded a bunch of the Apple Developer Guides in PDF and added them to iBooks. Sure I could just also keep them in a folder on my Mac, but it would be nice to have a simple interface, where all my Guides are synchronized and available with one click. (Ever try reading a technical guide on a 3GS?) :eek: <- That's what your eyes would look like.
     
  14. macrumors 68040

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    agreed. I'd rather read on my 27" screen than a 10" tablet or a 3.5" phone.
     

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