textbooks on ipad

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  1. Godzirra! macrumors regular

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    well its about that time for college to be starting back up. anybody find their textbooks anywhere to get on the ipad? through ibooks or kindle or any other apps?
     
  2. ajones46 macrumors 6502

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    Ive searched iBooks, kindle app, barnes and noble nook app, borders ebook app and I still cant find any of my textbooks. I've had to just resort to download PDFs and import them into iBooks/noterize.

    Wasn't there a fiasco with the president or some bigwig from McGraw-Hill or something?
     
  3. EthanNixon macrumors 6502a

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    Course Smart, I don't know about the availability of books though.
     
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    I bought books on pdf directly from the manufacturer and transferred them to my iPad in iBooks, iRead PDF, Filer, DropBox, SugarSync. Not sure why so many as I really just use iRead and am waiting for PDF support to be release for Notes Plus so I can annotate there without having to buy iAnnotate.

    I stole that Bold text idea from someone else in this forums lol... he suggested that in another "textbooks on iPad" thread. Maybe consider a search next time?
     
  5. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    I'm pretty sure the publishers are fighting the digital copy thing right now and it all comes down to profit, they're making way too much on print now.

    I've read some interesting arguments where it would actually hurt used book stores more than the publishers because if there were not any used options people would be forced to buy new, I'm not sure why the publishers don't see this yet.

    I myself wouldn't mind paying the difference between new and used if used was not an option due to digital copies being available. To me it worth carrying around in one nice little light device (yep, I'm one who actually thinks the weight is just right, shocking) rather than a zillion (hyperbole) heavy engineering and math books.
     
  6. blokey macrumors member

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    Judging by comments from moderators on nook study there is a chance nook study will be available for iPad. That will be the best legal option. CourseSmart is the only other legal option and it only works online not to mention the other problems it has.
     
  7. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    Lol yeah that was my thread he suggested it on. And it's the best possible idea.
     
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  9. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    I, ah, acquire mine in PDF format and use iBooks. Makes me want to just hug my iPad.
     
  10. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    Only found one in PDF format so far, not confident about finding the others (besides CourseSmart).

    I'm thinking I'll pick up a dirt cheap used copy, rip out the pages and scan the book, or just scan it and not rip it up. :D
     
  11. ajones46 macrumors 6502

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    Are you planning on using an actual desktop scanner or one of those scanner apps? I was curious as to how quickly those apps could scan pages and save them. Has anyone's used them before?
     
  12. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    ROFL. You literally made me crack out laughing... that's a hilarious picture lol.
     
  13. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816

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    Well, depends what you mean. I'd use a regular scanner feeder to quickly scan them all with a program like Acrobat on Windows or Preview.

    If I don't rip it up...then probably using some kind of flatbed photocopier, then the feeder, then some OCR software/Acrobat/Preview

    It can be done, it's just a pain, but worth it in the end. :)

    Hopefully it won't come to that and I can find a copy already online.
     
  14. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    There are quite a few Textbooks in Amazon’s Kindle Store that you can down load straight to your iPad via the Kindle App.

    And also there are PDF to ePub converters for both OSX and Windows that you can use to create ebooks on your computer form downloaded PDF's then sync with your iPad, if you're that way inclined. (There are a number of threads last week on MacRumors on the subject discussing the ins and outs)
     
  15. SqB macrumors 6502

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    Having tried this before, let me warn that the ADF on most scanners and copiers won't cope well with the pages. The book bond paper is just too thin.

    If you can, find a scanner/copier that will do both pages at once when you open it up flat and split them so you can go twice as fast.
     
  16. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

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    That's a lot of work... As far as I know, scanners with feeders do a one side scan only. So to do two side scans you'd have to manually feed the pages. Multiply that at least x200 for a textbook...


    I remember a discussion I had with one of my Professors. He wanted to change the textbook for his course and said that many publishers gave him the option to create custom books. Meaning, he could pick a textbook and choose which chapters he wanted and leave some stuff out. Then the publisher would print this for him OR provide digital copies for him and his students. So what you can do is ask your professor to contact the publisher and ask for digital copies and you might get lucky!
     
  17. Shutterbug78 macrumors newbie

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    I go to a liberal arts college, so most of my classes don't require classic textbooks, but rather 5-9 non-fiction novels.

    I got about 90% of my required reading on the kindle for iPad.
     

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