iBooks Alternatives?

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  1. jasnw macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
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  3. jasnw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can I use that to read ebooks I've purchased/downloaded through iBooks?
     
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    Due to
    DRM...no, not easily.
     
  5. jasnw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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?
    --- Post Merged, May 20, 2018 ---
    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)?
     
  6. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    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?!
     
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68020

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    Aldiko reader works nicely on iOS and Android, but not MacOS.
    Calibre comes in a MacOS version, and comes with a reader.

    DRM spells trouble for both of these.
     
  8. dwig macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  9. chscag macrumors 68030

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    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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