Thursday, November 21, 2013

iBooks on your Mac desktop/laptop

I guess this blog entry could be called "The Portable Chemist's Consultant Part 4” (see Part 3 here).

First off, we have a new book update (Version 2.4), as listed in Open Flask and on the book's website.

Secondly, with Apple’s new Mavericks system, iBooks can be used on a desktop or laptop. I have placed some screenshots below to show how the iBooks looks like on the computer screen.

Normally the iBooks page looks like this:

When you place your mouse cursor on the left hand side of the page, a little arrow appears, which you can click to go to the preceding page. Same thing for the right hand side of the page to go to the following page.

When you place your mouse cursor on the top part of the page, many icons appear: the book icon (it opens your iBooks library), the bullet point icon (it shows the book's table of contents in a side pop-up), the notes icon (it shows notes or study cards), the search icon (it finds text, media, notes, or a page number) and the bookmark icon (it adds or removes a bookmark).

 And finally, when you place your mouse cursor on the bottom part of the page, you will get a “back button” on the bottom left corner of your screen.

I actually think the iBooks program is faster on the computer than on the iPad—so check it out!



  1. Is this still limited to Apple desktops? I've been wanting to get my hands on this book for quite a while, but my stipend really prohibits the purchase of an iPad, and I've always been a plain old Microsoft user.

    Getting access to this book on a standard PC would be great.

    1. Unfortunately this book is still for Mac users only. We are currently looking into PC-based platforms but the logistics are rather difficult (it seems like re-formatting the entire book is currently the only option, and it's not easy with all the videos and hyperlinks in it). Trust me, I would like to get a PC version too! We'll let people know as soon as we find a good solution. Thanks for your interest! --Yoshi