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Cannot edit the titles of ibooks

Discussion in 'iBooks' started by kiran07, Mar 9, 2011.

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    When i edit a book name in itunes, it is not reflecting in the ipad. It is letting me delete the books from itunes though. Can someone please help me with this? Thanks!
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    Try backing up the book deleting it from iTunes, rename it and then putting it back.
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    ^^Right now i'm doing it that way only. Editing it in the library & transferring it to iPad & then deleting the old one from iPad. It is a bit tedious to rearrange the books in the bookshelf again though. I was hoping there would be some easier way to go about it.
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    Sorry this is the only way I know.
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    Go into iTunes on the computer. Find your book, right click on it, and choose Get Info to get the files properties. Go to the Info tab and change the name. Sync, and the new name should be set in iBooks.

    Note, this won't change the cover, unless it is one of those default covers that are blank with a name on them. You only see the book's name in list view, not bookshelf view.
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    Thanks for responding biobunny:)

    twerppoet, i tried it your way. Edited it in itunes & then synced it but it didn't work :(
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    I tested it on a PDF, but not on an actual ebook store. Maybe that is the difference. Let me check again ( though not with a book I care about ).

    (imagine Jeopardy thinking music)

    Tried it on both a protected and an unprotected eBook from the iBooks store. Both times the title changed. As I noted before, this change is only visible when you are viewing the list view.

    I'm going to do some experiments with the artwork, and see if I can replace book covers too. But later. Got to go right now.
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    Ok, it is also possible to change the book cover. Just drop the picture file (I only tried .jpg files) into the Artwork tab. Works like a charm.

    Most books already have a cover in this tab. Before you can change it you'll have to delete the first one. If you don't it will tell you that this type of track can only hold one.

    Books that have no cover work fine, first try. These show up in iBooks as generic brown books with the title printed in a white box. iTunes shows them with no cover.

    A few books display a cover in iBooks, but have nothing in the artwork tab in iTunes. Placing art in that tab overrides the current cover.
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    ^^ Yeah i'm able to change the artwork, but only in the library. I downloaded "Emma" from iBooks store & tried to edit the artwork and title, it still doesn't work (i'm checking them in list view mode only). Maybe I need to reinstall iBooks :(
    Thanks for all your help twerppoet.
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    Well, before you go too far, try a power restart, and or a soft reset. Sometimes apps get stuck and need a swift boot in their code.

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    I don't want to change to title, but want to change the icon. I loaded a book and after the first reading when it went back on the shelf the cover looks like a translucent blue blackberry. I cannot read the title of the book.
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    I thought I answered this in another thread. Did you try my suggestions and they not work?
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    Hi
    Firstly, apologies if im on the wrong thread - im totally new to forums and this nis my first time on the ipad forum.

    I have the same problem - I can change a book title in my itunes but when I sync to my ipad it still shows the original titles. Please...... what am I doing wrong (it used to work but I cant seem to do it now)

    Thanks
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    Can you describe exactly where and how you are trying to change the title?
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    Yes first delete all and then put them again it will may fix the problem. maybe there is any mistake in the setting that's why your getting this type of errors. so i will watch up for any setting about this.

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    I've had this problem since the iBooks update and iOS 5- I use iBooks for university PDF's which are continually changing.

    The only way I can edit the titles is by unchecking the 'sync books' checkbox under the books tab on my iPad and hitting apply. Once it has removed all of my books I recheck the box and re-sync - when it syncs them they have the new titles.

    I have tried various other methods but the files always re-synced with their old names.

    I hope this can help you until someone can find/share a more convenient method with us.
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    There is a way to name your ibook PDF files as you wish. First save them in documents to go , rename them there and then save them in Ibook.
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    To modify the title or other info, e.g. Category, of a book in iBooks is a straightforward but tedious process.
    First, edit the information in iTunes of the book(s) that you want to amend.
    Second, delete the book from the iTunes Books listing - when offered the option of moving the book to the Recycle Bin or keeping the file, select KEEP the file!
    Third, Sync the iPad. The book will disappear from the iBooks listing.
    Fourth, use the 'Add File to Library' option on the iTunes File menu to reload the file back into iTunes. It will return with all of your saved modifications.
    Fifth, Sync again with the iPad and the book will reappear with its modified data in the same iBooks location that it was previously placed.

    Hope this helps

    Dave
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    Where are the documents to go located?
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    Documents to Go is in the App Store.

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