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?