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iTunes 10.3: Browse iBooks

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:19 am
by Stephen Hart
Just what I wrote Apple should do:

Re: iTunes 10.3: Browse iBooks

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:07 am
by Ray Bentsen
Below is a screenshot of the iTunes 10.3 "Purchased" screen.

This particular list shows the tracks that have been purchased using my Apple ID, but are not currently in my iMac's library ... along with the option to download them.

Some of these music items were purchased from my wife's iMac and others are tracks that were purchased with an album that were subsequently deleted.

Note that the same options are now also available for both apps and books.

Re: iTunes 10.3: Browse iBooks

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:27 pm
by Stephen Hart
Note that this is the Purchased in the upper right panel, not the Purchased playlist.
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And, I have to add, being able to browse books is brilliant.

Re: iTunes 10.3: Browse iBooks

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:06 pm
by Stephen Hart
OK, one more addition. If you're a book lover, you might want to have a loved one nearby when you check out iBooks in iTunes. It'd be easy to create the scene below in a few minutes.

So, an advertisement:

Log into NOLS, then click E-Resources and EContent. Check out Washington Anytime Library. Here's an example:

iBooks: Jane Eyre Unabridged Audiobook $26.95
WAL: Jane Eyre Unabridged Audiobook $00.00

WAL also has e-pub books, readable on an iPhone or iPad.

There are some caveats, all related to the model of checking out electronic resources as if they were physical books. And, of course, the braindead idea that public institutions must rely on for-profit companies to supply the technology to keep on the right side of copyright law.

1. You need the OverDrive app to download audiobooks or e-books on a Mac. And it's a poor app indeed.
Once you download an audiobook, you can move it wherever you want and it is free of the OverDrive app. (Note how effective the OverDrive copyright protection is.) However, the OverDrive app will nag you to delete it after two weeks. You can just ignore that message.
2. You need Adobe Digital Editions software and an Adobe ID to download e-pub books.
(Never mind that e-pub is an open-source format. This is Adobe we're dealing with. I don't even know how this is legal in Washington State. Don't get me started!)
Once you download an e-pub book to your Mac, all you can do is read it in Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac.
3. You need the OverDrive Console app on your iDevice to download and view e-pub books on your iDevice. While the process is doable, the reader software is even lamer than the Kindle app and not in the same league as the iBooks app. I have gotten one book that way, but don't know how the checkout-time limit will play out. I suspect the worst.

Finally, both iBooks and Kindle have free e-pub books, all classics. Anyone know how to browse those in iBooks in iTunes on a Mac?