Will iBooks coming to Mavericks see you reading more from Apple's book store? [Poll]

Apple's iBooks is finally coming to the desktop with OS X Mavericks, but will it see you reading more from the iBook Store? iBooks has been with us since the introduction of the iPad back in 2010, and some 3 and a half years later it finally migrates across to OS X. As we've come to expect from Apple, iBooks on the Mac will integrate seamlessly with your iOS device, mirroring your position, highlights, bookmarks and such to all your devices through iCloud. It sounds great, especially for those who use the textbooks a lot, providing more screen real estate to look at them than on your iPad.

But, it's impossible to overlook the fact that Apple is late — really late — to the game with this. Rival eBook offerings from Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble have all had some way of reading books on your Mac for some time, be it a native app or a web portal. iBooks has been thus far exclusive to just iOS devices, so folks who really wanted to read on their Mac may have already looked elsewhere.

Then of course, we should consider the impact of iBooks on the desktop being a native OS X app and not a web app. While Apple's ecosystem is fantastic, there's those occasions that someone either doesn't have a Mac, or has to use a Windows PC, Linux or even a Chromebook. You can't read iBooks without an Apple device, and that's not looking like changing any time soon.

So, we want to hear from you guys. Are you a big iBooks user that's been longing for its arrival on the desktop? Or could you not wait and went somewhere else? Perhaps somewhere in between? Give us your vote up top, and share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Will iBooks coming to Mavericks see you reading more from Apple's book store? [Poll]


I wish Newsstand would come to OSX. I read for extended periods of time and the computer is no the ideal place. However, browsing though my subscriptions can be done, with no problem, on my computer. So Newsstand would have been better or a welcome addition in my opinion.

Worth pointing out that Barnes and Noble has more or less abandoned the Nook desktop app, which frequently fails to work in Mountain Lion. They've stopped supporting OS X and Windows in favor of the cloud reader.

It's interesting to see many people responding that they don't read on their computer. Are these people not reading the web pages they visit? I bet most people are still spending a lot more time reading on the desktop than on mobile devices. So it makes perfect sense to have an iBooks app on the Mac. Then I can finally retire this Sony Reader app for good. :-)

Yes, I do read an awful lot on my desktop. Many of the PDFs I have in GoodReader get read on my Mac. I use Feedbin and Reeder on my Mac. And yes, web pages.

The things I read in iBooks (and Kindle), however, I only read on my iPhone or iPad. In fact, I have the Kindle for Mac app installed, but I never read anything with it. So, for me, iBooks for Mac isn’t really going to change anything.

(Also, although I add things to Instapaper from my Mac, I only read things in Instapaper on my iPad and iPhone. Oh, and the books I have in iBooks or Kindle that I also have a paper copy of...the paper copy never gets read. In most cases I bought the e-book because the p-book wasn’t getting read.)

I prefer reading on my Kindle e-ink reader. It's so much easier on the eyes especially after a long day of working and staring at a computer screen. Sitting at my desk reading a book doesn't seem like an ideal location. Laying on the couch or in bed is much more appealing.

I hardly read anything on my computer, books or otherwise. That being said, I like iBooks, but I've been reading books in the Kindle app for one reason: I occasionally find myself overseas in places where my computer has (wired) Internet access, but my iPhone and iPad don't have cellular or wifi access, and the Kindle ecosystem allows for buying on my laptop, downloading, and transferring via iTunes, while until Mavericks comes out, there's no way to buy anything in iBooks without doing it from your iDevice. Now that that process has been solved (and certainly more elegantly than Kindle's internal store workaround), I might have to give iBooks another shot.

No for me, because the ibooks selection here in Singapore absolutely stinks. I don't seem to be able to find any books other than those free scans of oldies like "Pride and Prejudice" and "User's guide to ipad".

I do look forward to the improved annotation features though.

I said that I was too invested in Amazon, but the truth is, Kindle offers better prices than iBooks. Apple will only get my business if they price better.

The problem with ibooks on the computer is it is less convenient than sitting on the sofa using the ipad. But i suppose there would be times when it would be good to have the ability.

With the Kindle, iPad, and other readers, why would you want to sit in front of a laptop or desktop to read a book? Bewildered!

Not at all. I prefer reading on a mobile device. I love iBooks, but as soon as Marvin goes universal I'm dumping iBooks on iOS.

I could see myself using iBooks on the Mac if I were still a student.