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Discussion in 'iBooks' started by mslucifer, Jul 24, 2010.

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    i bought a ebook, which i sync to ipad, it shows on iBooks, but prompt me an error: Book Format Error.

    i did some research and realise that its due to the fact the ebook i bought is DRM epub. i don't have enought technical knowledge to remove the DRM, can canyone help me pls?
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    Question #1, where did you buy the book from? If you didn't buy it from iBooks, then iBook won't read it. DRM schemes are unique to each vendor. Books from Amazon can only be read on a Kindle or the Kindle app and likewise with vendors like Barnes & Noble and Borders.
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    Apple's iBook app will read any non DRM epub book regardless of where it was purchased or obtained (Please note that there are many free sites that you can download non-DRM epub's such as Manybooks, Guttenberg, and Baen.)
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    If it's from Sony, it's complicated.
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    I bought the book from a independent site .booksonboard.com
    Unfortunately I'm in singapore so we dun have iTunes for iBooks.
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    But the question was:
    Now as far as actually answering the question, as far as I know, the only way to read books from booksonboard.com is with the Stanza eReader app. Its free! Here is the link: Stanza: a Revolution in Reading | Lexcycle

    When you open the Stanza app, select Get Books (at the bottom of the screen) and Catalog at the top of the screen and there you will see the BooksOnBoad eBook Shop as your first choice.

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    Once you select this, there is an option to view your library where it says you can download your past purchases so you should be able to use this option to download the book into Stanza.

    Once the book has been downloaded, select Library at the bottom of the screen to see the book.

    Enjoy!
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    Hi, i am i new user of the ipad, which i bought a few days ago in the USA. I used before a sony prs for downloading books on the reader library.As i am german , i am just downlowding german ebooks in epub format from sites like libri.de or thalia.de.
    I synchronised my new ipad to my notebook, and all was fine, and the whole library from my sony prs is now on my ipad, but when i want to open one of these books i cannot open it , and it shows me an error wrong book format . What can i do now ? Any smart suggestions ? Thanks for any help
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    Each book vendor that sells copyrighted material has their own unique DRM (Digital Rights Media) scheme. This means it is only viewable on one of their devices or propietary software. Unfortunately, files you bought for your Sony reader can only be viewed on your Sony reader unless you strip away the DRM. I do not have a Sony reader so I can not tell you how to do this, but I understand that it is possible.
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    In this http://www.ipadforums.net/ibooks/5642-question-bremen-kobo-books-vs-ibooks.html thread I posted instructions for removing DRM from Adobe Digital Editions DRM (which is what Sony uses)... see post number 6 in that thread.

    DO NOT ask me for further directions, I simply cannot hand hold hundreds of people through the process... if you are computer savvy you will get it, if not then you do not even need to try...
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    Mark Twain once said, "Better to be thought of as a fool than open your mouth (or post something on an Internet forum) and remove all doubt!"

    The "it" in my statement was referring SPECIFICALLY to the book the OP had downloaded that was in the wrong format. I was not referring to downloading books in general. If you buy a book from Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble or from any other vendor that has DRM, iBooks will not read it (unless you strip the DRM).
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010

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