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Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by dazlicous, Jun 13, 2013.
does Mavericks have Newsstand or is it just ibooks
Something tells me they would have announced that.
Also Mavericks doesn't even have iBooks (yet).
No Newsstand and so far no iBooks.
From reading online, iBooks is likely to be a free Mac App Store download, FYI.
But no, unfortunately no Newsstand for now – It'll come sometime in future though, as it's such an obvious next step, just made a lot more complicated than ebooks due to all the different formats Newsstand has to deal with.
Yeah - I agree. It's very frustrating since I sold my iPad and just carry an iPhone and rMBP. Why on earth would anyone buy books through iBooks instead of Amazon/Kindle? Much bigger selection and you can read your books on Mac, PC, Web, Kindle, iPhone/iPad, Android, etc. 10.9 should help a bit.
For magazines, I go with Zinio for same reason, although the current Mac reader totally sucks (which their tech support agrees with...).
I actually hate all of these proprietary book/magazine formats. Company goes under or just decides to shut down the service and all your content you paid for goes poof Some magazines are still available in PDF, which is the most portable - it's even in the name
Music companies finally gave up on DRM and video mostly, but the "print" vendors are being stubborn.
Agree, these proprietary formats and their associated stores for the 'eternal' cloud access is a pain in the backside. For example, keeping track of your collection (and searching it) in a centralised database like you do with most other media content (e.g. iTunes – although I use Plex for my video due to Apple's continued severe lack of formats the iTunes app supports!), is made impossible.
You have to keep checking several book apps depending on where you purchased it, and cannot group books by whatever grouping you want using folders, tags, or similar. Completely stupid from a user perspective, if you ask me! But I guess it's currently a trade off, as you do get access to ALL your content via the Store's cloud and don't have to store the content locally (which you can't do anyway on portable devices, due to capacity limitations). Still not convinced though. I'd guess that in future, you'd be able to access your content through YOUR OWN streamlined content cloud, of some sort, but the tech is really not here yet. 'Big data' and all those issues.
This is a main reason I do NOT buy books from sources that include DRM. It's the music issue all over again, and I refuse to go there – as I did at the time for music. In fact I still continue to not use iTunes, as I like lossless audio, and so hate their lossy-only offering, even though storage is not an issue anymore (I have a 20 Tbyte Thunderbolt Promise Pegasus R6 available to me currently, backed-up to another 20 Tbyte R6!) but I suspect they won't improve this until WAN (perhaps gigabit internet!) and LAN bandwidths (roll-on 802.11ad several gigabit!) increase across the board, in 3-5 years in the non-Oriental developed world.
The only slight alternative for mags I have seen, is those Newsstand mags that offer your content ACROSS platforms. For instance I like a mag called Wax Poetics, and when you buy editions in-app using their Newsstand app, and sign-up for a pocketmags account, it tracks the purchase, so you can also download it on any other platform. Not a bad solution, but I agree that PDF copies are so much more preferable for most consumable text content.
It doesn't and it's not likely as all the things that go in newstand are iOS apps.