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    Ibooks won't open a pdf

    Have saved about 100 hymns that I use for church. I save them as PDF files and add new entries every week by using Dropbox. Each hymn is about a meg. Today I added 2 new hymns by opening them in Dropbox and then moving them over to iBooks. The 3rd hymn wouldn't save as an iBook pdf document. I see the file for a second in iBooks and then it disappears. Have I reached a limit of some sort?

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    Hi Kay.... - welcome to the forum!

    Just for a start, please provide the model number of the iPad that you own & the storage capacity (i.e. GB on your device).

    Also, navigate to the 'Settings' tab -> General -> Usage - there, tell us how many GBs have been used & what is still available?

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    Thanks for responding and thanks as well for the welcome. It's a 64GB and the usage says 19.4 used and 37.8 available. In the iBooks section I have 152 MB.

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    What version of IOS are you using and have you updated iBooks, it's possible you need an update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaylajean View Post
    Thanks for responding and thanks as well for the welcome. It's a 64GB and the usage says 19.4 used and 37.8 available. In the iBooks section I have 152 MB.
    Well appears that you have PLENTY of space left to use; I would first suggest 'Force Closing' iBooks & Dropbox, i.e. double tap the home button (or use multifinger gesturing - swipe up w/ 4-5 fingers on the screen) - this will open the multitask bar @ the bottom; press on any app until all begin to jiggle; find the 2 apps in question and press the 'minus sign' to close each - return to the home screen and re-open the apps.

    If the above is not successful, then 'Restart' and if not effective 'Reset' the iPad - Directions HERE if unfamiliar w/ the procedures - please post back your results - good luck!
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    Another thought have you checked if they open in a PDF reader off the iPad , it is possible the files are corrupt or their is a font problem with in the PDF

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    That worked! I did the Force Closing as you described and it worked just fine. Thanks!
    Those were very clear and detailed instructions. You rule!

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    Thanks for responding as well Bos. The PDF file would open in Adobe Reader but not in iBooks. I closed all 3 programs and it opened in iBooks and saved in my library.

    BTW if anyone has a better idea on how to collect and set up music I'd be glad to hear it. Right now I'm scanning from the hymnal and saving each sheet of music as a PDF file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaylajean
    Thanks for responding as well Bos. The PDF file would open in Adobe Reader but not in iBooks. I closed all 3 programs and it opened in iBooks and saved in my library.

    BTW if anyone has a better idea on how to collect and set up music I'd be glad to hear it. Right now I'm scanning from the hymnal and saving each sheet of music as a PDF file.
    You could google for song lyrics, and copy/paste the results into Pages. You can then save as a .pdf.
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    The google idea is a good one for a song I might not have, but I have collected song sheets and collections for years and now would rather prop the iPad up on the piano and play from there rather than lug all my music around with me. I'm scanning a few sheets at a time and saving each one in iBooks. I was just wondering if anyone had a better way to save and collect the pages on the iPad. Thanks for the google suggestion tho'.


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