I've scratched around in the forums for awhile and can't find any reference to this problem, though I'm sure it's just me being confused by the iTunes software.
I went to the iTunes bookstore and found a book I wanted to buy. I believe I did purchase it. My iTunes menu, on the left hand side under the category heading "Store" and subheading "Purchased" shows the book title ... twice. I'm afraid I bought it twice, actually.
Anyway, this book thing doesn't behave the way an app purchase behaves, does it? I have four books on my iPad from a single previous purchase, but I can't remember how I got them moved to the iPad.
At this point I'm at a loss as to how to get this new book to show up on my iPad's iBook bookshelf. I attempted sync'ing (via the "sync" button on the bottom portion of the iTunes "Debsylvania's iPad" screen) but the book was not copied to my iPad's iBook Bookshelf.
Edit: A little more info... on the iTunes menu, on the left under the heading "Devices" and subheading "Debsylvania's ...", I can see the covers of all four books currently on my shelf as well as TWO copies of the new book cover. There is an option here to "sync books" but I get a message on using it that says all songs, music, etc., will be removed if I do it. If this means that it will remove what's on the iPad but also copy on to it the titles appearing here, no harm will be done at this point because I don't have any music or movies yet on the device, and the books I have so far were all purchased at iTunes and appear in the window. BUT.. if I did have books, movies, music, etc., from other sources this sounds like I would lose them, and I would like to know how to do this properly.
If I have purchased the book twice, is there any hope of getting a refund for the second copy?
Thanks in advance for your help!