iBooks Alternatives?

jasnw

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Nov 15, 2013
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What are people using as macOS alternatives to Apple's iBooks app? Please don't post questions asking what I don't like about iBooks, I'm just tired of fighting it. I'm looking for a good replacement that won't suddenly go bonkers and start eating CPU cycles.
 

jasnw

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Original poster
Nov 15, 2013
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Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
Ah yes, DRM. So, to modify my original query again, is there a third-party macOS app that I can use to replace iBooks which will allow me to access books I've already purchased and downloaded in iBooks, or does DRM make this impossible?
[doublepost=1526854338][/doublepost]I see now that iBooks has become Books (I'm on El Cap still). Is it any better, or still yet another Apple product that gets no love or attention (or bug fixes)?
 

TiggrToo

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Aug 24, 2017
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Out there...way out there
Ah yes, DRM. So, to modify my original query again, is there a third-party macOS app that I can use to replace iBooks which will allow me to access books I've already purchased and downloaded in iBooks, or does DRM make this impossible?
[doublepost=1526854338][/doublepost]I see now that iBooks has become Books (I'm on El Cap still). Is it any better, or still yet another Apple product that gets no love or attention (or bug fixes)?
So long as DRM is in play then you're stuck to the vendors app. Buy a book from Apple? (i)Book is your app. Get it from Amazon? Kindle's your reader. Barnes and Noble? Nook's your book.

Ain't DRM wonderful?!
 

dwig

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Jan 4, 2015
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Key West FL
DRM is definitely the 500lb gorilla in this room.

I would definitely suggest to check out MobleRead.com. It is a great forum for all things ebook. Calibre, several ereaders and support apps use it as their support forum as well as it being a great user community.
 

chscag

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Feb 17, 2008
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Fort Worth, Texas
Yeah, and the thing about DRM for Kindle or iBooks is that neither Time Machine nor cloning software can make a backup of your library. And that can be a problem because sometimes the book you want to redownload to your library is no longer available and your backups are useless. I've recently run into that with my Kindle library. I'm back to ordering the paper copies. :mad:
 
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