Apple's iBooks App Now Available


alldat

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Thanks. I don't really use these forums a lot and had no idea how to do that.
 

itsbritneybitch

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i no this may seem like a stupid ? but can u only access the ibook store through the app? will it be available within the itunes store thats on your desktop or macbook?
 

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i no this may seem like a stupid ? but can u only access the ibook store through the app? will it be available within the itunes store thats on your desktop or macbook?
The "Audiobooks" section of iTunes should be transforming into just "Books" or "iBooks" on April 3rd. It will be accessible via computer.
 

Abyssgh0st

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I never knew that. Thanks.
Yep, I wish they'd just switch it over already; I'm sure Audiobooks is the least used category in iTunes currently, and I'd love to have some books download for syncing on launch day.

At one time, iTunes' Source list carried an Audiobooks entry. This has changed to read Books in iTunes 9.1. When you select this entry you'll see not only any files that have been tagged as audiobooks, but also ePub documents that you've added to iTunes--either via iTunes' iBookstore or by dragging ePub documents into iTunes that you've obtained from other sources. Currently there's no way to read ePub documents within iTunes.

Books are also reflected in the tabs that appear when you select a connected iPod or iPhone (and, surely, an iPad). Currently, that tab shows only audiobooks, but presumably it will also display e-books when you select Books with an iPad attached.
 

Ichneumon

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WIll the ibooks app work outside of America? I know it won't be available in Itunes and I know the Ibookstore won't be available, thus part of app too, but would the app itself, the part that lets you read epubs, work, if you somehow managed to get a copy of the app?
 

Abyssgh0st

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WIll the ibooks app work outside of America? I know it won't be available in Itunes and I know the Ibookstore won't be available, thus part of app too, but would the app itself, the part that lets you read epubs, work, if you somehow managed to get a copy of the app?
No reason why it wouldn't, it's not area specific for the application itself once downloaded. You'd just have to have iTunes 9.1 and have ePubs imported already and make it so they'd sync.

And mickbab, I can feel your pain there. I think it's mainly because Apple would have to develop an interface for it (most likely wouldn't be very widely used), but depending on how we can access the ePub files, we can use external tools to view them like this.
 

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And mickbab, I can feel your pain there. I think it's mainly because Apple would have to develop an interface for it (most likely wouldn't be very widely used), but depending on how we can access the ePub files, we can use external tools to view them like this.
To me, it just seems like having iTunes to store music, but only being able to listen to it on an iPod. Applications pose a different problem, because they require the iPhone/Pod/Pad interface to function properly, but I can't see why they aren't building in a book reader function.
 

Abyssgh0st

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To me, it just seems like having iTunes to store music, but only being able to listen to it on an iPod. Applications pose a different problem, because they require the iPhone/Pod/Pad interface to function properly, but I can't see why they aren't building in a book reader function.
Well, do we know for sure that they aren't incorporating any basic reader? I know it hasn't been announced, but we may be pleasantly surprised tomorrow; or whenever we can finally import/download an ePub.
 

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Apple's iBooks App Now Available






Apple's iBooks application is now available (iTunes link) on the App Store. The Free download offers both a book reader as well as an online bookstore to purchase new books. Features include:

- Complimentary copy of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
- Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore
- Change font size, pick from five different included type faces
- Highlight your favorite passages with the built-in bookmarking feature
- Accessibility features such as speaking words on a given page

You must own an iPad to use iBooks and the iBookstore is only available to U.S. customers.

Article Link: Apple's iBooks App Now Available
 

Epicurus

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Yes, that's how I knew that iTunes currently doesn't have book reading capabilities. Here's hoping that they can surprise us in the near future.
The lack of reading features in iTunes was what suggested to me that the iBookstore wouldn't be an equal part of the iTunes Store at all. Maybe if and when they do replace the Audiobooks section they'll also toss in the reader. Or maybe it is already in there, but it needs to be activated by some internal time trigger for April 3. :D
 

Aldaris

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Got it!

And a few other starter iPad App's...

The Local Apple Specialists are having "bagels" this saturday ;)
 

Mabus51

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Damn can't use it on my iPhone. Guess I'll just have to brake down and buy an iPad. Nice one Steve! :p
 

hh83917

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Nice...complimentary Winnie-the-Pooh... Well, I guess it's better than nothing...