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Apple planning to bring iBooks to Apple TV?

updated 10:49 am EDT, Wed September 5, 2012

iOS 6 beta notification may hint at support

Apple may be planning to add iBooks support to the Apple TV, an error message in the current iOS 6 beta suggests. AppleInsider notes that after a person downloads a book through the iBookstore, an Apple TV linked to the same iTunes account may present an unusual error message. "You tried to send a book sample from your computer. Get iBooks and turn on Automatic Downloads to receive book samples on this device."

While the message could just be a symptom of faulty coding, Apple might have some reason to bring iBooks to Apple TVs. It could be used for presenting textbooks and other material in educational settings, for instance, or for sharing children's books at home. At the same time, most books would be difficult and less convenient to read on a TV, which might leave little incentive to port the software.

iBooks debuted on the iPad in 2010, and since then has only spread to the iPhone and iPod touch; although people can visit the iBookstore through iTunes, there is no Mac or Windows version of iBooks itself. Desktops and notebooks may be a more likely target for a port, especially given iBooks Author's presence on Macs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JohnFromBeyond

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-05-07

    Well, the phone companies think we want to watch movies and live TV on our little bitty phones, so why not read books on our big screen TV's?

  1. Leonard

    Professional Poster

    Joined: 03-24-00

    I think their reading too much into it. I'd say it's a standard error message for ANY idevice.

    I doubt anyone wants to read iBooks on their TV. But then maybe audio ones or animated ones, might not be too bad on the TV.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Well, if Apple brings iBooks to the frickin' Apple TV before they even get them on Macs, it would be definitive proof that they lost it.

  1. slboett

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: 05-13-99

    Originally Posted by Jeronimo2000View Post

    Well, if Apple brings iBooks to the frickin' Apple TV before they even get them on Macs, it would be definitive proof that they lost it.

    Abso-freakin-lutely! I'm not using iBooks as I can buy a Kindle book and read it on anything. What's up Apple's arse on this one? Stupid. And yes, I've submitted feedback to them on this one. Many times.

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