WTF: iBooks REQUIRES Mavericks?

Mrbobb

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So never used iBooks before and was curious to try one out. When I go into iTunes to check out the book it specifies: iBooks 3 AND OSX 10.9 or later REQUIRED.

WHAT? I am happily running Mountain Lion and have no need to update the OS. So people not running Mavericks are S.O.L. in the iBooks department? So Apple is not interested selling us books unless we follow the upgrade path like sheeps?

Am I missing something?
 

Bear

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Am I missing something?
iBooks was listed as a feature of Mavericks.

Yes, why not upgrade? It's not like it's gonna cost you anything...
But they may have other reasons to not upgrade The may be using software that's not compatible with Mavericks yet or they may not be ready to pay to upgrade software for Mavericks compatible versions.

Mavericks is also not useable for everyone. Some people are running into issues with Mavericks.
 

NT1440

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So never used iBooks before and was curious to try one out. When I go into iTunes to check out the book it specifies: iBooks 3 AND OSX 10.9 or later REQUIRED.

WHAT? I am happily running Mountain Lion and have no need to update the OS. So people not running Mavericks are S.O.L. in the iBooks department? So Apple is not interested selling us books unless we follow the upgrade path like sheeps?

Am I missing something?
Well no, they don't really have much of an interest in selling you books through the computer. They reluctantly put out this management disgrace they call iBooks on OSX merely as a way to help simplify ebook & pdf collections.

That said, it's terrible. I LOVE iBooks on iOS, but on OSX it's a management disaster to try to keep everything in order when syncing to iOS.
 

maflynn

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iMavericks is also not useable for everyone. Some people are running into issues with Mavericks.
True, but by the same token, if there are features in a newer operating system, then there's justification to upgrade.

AFAIK there is not too many apps that are broken in 10.9.
 

Bear

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True, but by the same token, if there are features in a newer operating system, then there's justification to upgrade.

AFAIK there is not too many apps that are broken in 10.9.
All it requires is one thing to not work for someone - they may not be willing to live without whatever is broken for them. Each person needs to decide for themself if what is broken is okay in order to get new features.
 

Mrbobb

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Thanks for the update guys. What a pain in the buttuska. Not a good way to introduce eBooks to someone without an iPad.

I get it, iPad more natural to read books but I read maybe 2 per year, buying an iPad just for that seems wasteful. Back to the paperback it is.
 

MacDawg

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Why not just use the Kindle reader on the Mac or one of the other eReaders?
No need to go back to paperbacks :)

Some people even prefer the Kindle experience on the Mac/iOS to iBooks
 

Mrbobb

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Why not just use the Kindle reader on the Mac or one of the other eReaders?
No need to go back to paperbacks :)

Some people even prefer the Kindle experience on the Mac/iOS to iBooks
There is a Kindle reader for the Mac? SWEET. Well they are getting my money then.
 

ElectricSheep

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Looking at what iBooks link against, the only thing preventing iBooks from running is the BookKit Framework--which Apple chose to include as a private framework for 10.9. I can't see any other technical limitation; Apple did advertise iBooks as a 10.9 feature.
 
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