The IPad unfortunately utilizes the same OS as the IPhone and is not compatible with the Overdrive Media Console software and Adobe Digital Editions software used by Public Libraries. This is unfortunate since IPad users are locked out of the ability to download free E-books provided by your Public Library.
Both Overdrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions work great on all other Apple computers, but there isn't any way to download to a computer and then transfer to the IPad. Both Sony and Barnes & Noble E-readers both have this ability, but of course you can download a book to IPad by purchasing said book through the Apple Store. Be aware of this if you are thinking of buying an IPad and using it as an E-Book reader. Seems like corporate greed is still king.
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Nah, I think the issue can be migrated by them offering books in the iPad format or by them developing software for the iPad that allows people to download and read books that require that software, but it probably won't get approved in the app store. Still, it sucks that you have to buy a book from the iTunes store instead of uploading your own.
I have no problem with authors making money as a matter of fact I think Capitalism is fabulous. I have the option to walk into a book store and purchase any book available. I also have the option to walk into a Public Library and borrow any book available. Why would Apple only leave me one option......when other E-Reader manufactures (Sony, Barnes & Noble, etc) provide both options?
Using your logic, wouldn't it make sense to just close all Public Libraries and make all content only available to paying customers. Concerning E-Books, once they are legally downloaded from the library they expire and become non readable after 7 to 10 days. My question remains......Why is Apple not allowing the download of the same material available in other electronic forms from the libraries? How is that different form downloading from the Apple Store and then illegally sharing or copying the material?
I don't know. But I think it's because Apple doesn't think of the iPad as just an e-reader and because Apple likes to keep a closed system. Again, I'm not 100% sure on the reasons.
another reason why the iPad is useless
I wouldn't say it's useless. But since I love to read and enjoy the ability to download from the library, I can't justify a $499.00 expensive toy. I pretty much have decided on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Has all the features I require and at half the price $259.00.
The iPad is not mainly a e-reader device so you can't expect to have all those features. The only real use here is the occasional reading of a book and gaming(Not good gaming -.-) lol.
All the reviews indicate it is a terrific e-reader. My point remains why limit its use to only the Apple Book Store. Why not allow the option to download from public libraries.....I stick to my main point...Corporate Greed.
You can download library ebooks to ipad through the Bluefire Reader App