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    Dumb Synching question

    I have two seperate iPads. My wife does not want the same books as I have. How can I have seperate books on both ipads and not loose them everytime I synch? Right now I added some books to my wifes and lost all of mine in iTunes, so now I have to go redo all my books. Very frustrating. Thanks for any help.

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    Plug your ipads in and go to each tab in iTunes and turn off syncing as necessary.

    You can have full manual control over iTunes' behavior for all devices which sync to it.
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    You should also be able to log into the computer under different logins and have separate iTunes setups

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    Quote Originally Posted by zstairlessone View Post
    You should also be able to log into the computer under different logins and have separate iTunes setups
    There is really absolutely no need to to do this, it just makes it more complicated than it needs to be. As KevinJS says, each device can have its own sync settings, its not difficult to manage.

    I have 3 iphones, 2 ipads and 4 ipods all syncing to the same library and they all have different sync settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefBref View Post
    There is really absolutely no need to to do this, it just makes it more complicated than it needs to be. As KevinJS says, each device can have its own sync settings, its not difficult to manage.

    I have 3 iphones, 2 ipads and 4 ipods all syncing to the same library and they all have different sync settings.
    But the problem with that is, as soon as I click books to transfer from my library to iBooks, it automatically adds to sync selected books.

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    Go into the menu system of iTunes and select from Preferences "Prevent iPods (etc) from automatically syncing".

    At least I think that's where it is. That will give you time to sort out your controls.

    If you have iTunes 11 on a PC, and can't see the menus, hit Alt and they will appear.
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    I guess maybe I'm just a moron, but I used File - add folder and added all my books. Then connected my ipad and slected the books I wanted and hit Sync, and it only added about 10 of the books (maybe 100 books). iBooks has been doing this to me ever since I started using it. I'm going to Stanza. And will leave iBooks on my wifes. It's just too much of a pain in the back side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefBref

    There is really absolutely no need to to do this, it just makes it more complicated than it needs to be. As KevinJS says, each device can have its own sync settings, its not difficult to manage.

    I have 3 iphones, 2 ipads and 4 ipods all syncing to the same library and they all have different sync settings.
    I thought their request was to be able to sync different books. Yes, you can set up different sync settings, but you can't sync different libraries of books that way (well, not that I can figure how)

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    You plug the device in to itunes, go to the device within itunes (button at top right in itunes 11), then the books section. Tick sync books and then selected books and choose the books you want in the list below. Do this for each device and you can select different books on each device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DefBref
    You plug the device in to itunes, go to the device within itunes (button at top right in itunes 11), then the books section. Tick sync books and then selected books and choose the books you want in the list below. Do this for each device and you can select different books on each device.
    Awesome! thanks for the tip


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