I started a 10-slot subscription with Safari Books Online and am considering whether to upgrade, downgrade or stay with 10 slots. The one thing that would tip the balance is the coming iPad app and its offline capabilities.
I would like to decide about changing my sub before the next billing cycle (3rd Aug) and since there is no guarantee that the app will be out by then, could you tell me and others about how the offline mode will work and will it have any limitations (like only 10-slots)?
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Offline mode for the Safari Books Online iPad app will allow you to store your books locally for when you don't have an Internet connection.
For bookshelf users, all the books in your bookshelf will be available for offline storage. The same 30 day book swapping rule applies.
For library users, you will be able to store up to ten books at a time, and up to 30 books a month.
Please let me know if you have further questions.
Thank you and regards,
Safari Books Online
I just signed up for a trial, and the ipad app's offline capabilities are a key part of my decision on whether to press forward with subscribing for real. I've installed the app, put a book in my "offline bookbag", and turned on airplane mode to test this out, and got a plateful of fail: on going to the app, it gets stuck in a "signing in..." state, where it hangs indefinitely.
I power-cycled the ipad while in airplane mode, and the app did come up - and I can get to some of the content, but the UI is broken, with missing icon images and only part of the page used; HTML mode (which makes at least this book more readable, due to the wide margins in the print view) is not available. It's basically useless.