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Cannot open books in ibooks

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  1. caribeguy
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    Or some reason I cannot open books in iBooks.. Help..
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    more info needed.... have you added them to your ipad via itunes... can you see the books in the ibooks shelf and they just will not open.... be as specific as you can as how you got the books and what format they are and anything else
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    I have downloaded the books and I can see them in my bookshelf but cannot open them. I go to the store and download again and it shows them downloading, just cannot open them.
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    were they downloaded form the itunes store? directly form your ipad or from itunes...do you have the stting in ibooks set yo books or to books and pdf...what format are the books downloaded in
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    any other info you can add will help
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    have you updated to the newest software for itunes and also you ipad if not do so... if so delete ibooks and reinstall ibooks
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    It sounds like a memory problem. Close all running apps by double tapping the button at the base of the machine. You will see all running app icons. Press and hold one of them until a red minus sign appears on them all. Click each minus sign to close them. Then try running iBooks again.

    I have literally 150 books on mine and can read them OK.

    Hope this helps.
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    I have tried all the suggestions so far and it still is not working. The strange thing, I can open all of these books on the 4 iPods in my house, just not on my iPad.
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    Maybe you've used up the licenses on your books? Publishers usually limit how many devices you can have the same book on.
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    Er, yes, that could be a point I hadn't thought of. Has the thread originator tried to download any free books (there are lots of them) ?
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    Yes I have tried a number of free books and it does the same thing. I' m really at a loss, this is the only problem I have with my iPad, but it is a big problem. One of reason I bought it is for reading books.
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    Is your iPad jail broken?

    Try deleting iBooks and downloading it again..
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    That I have tried a couple of times with no luck.
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    I'd suggest switching to Kindle books. Not only is the app more reliable, returns are easy, and you can read the books on multiple platforms. Should you switch devices years later, you'd still be able to access your books on another OS. With iBooks, you'll have to keep buying Apple unless you're OK with abandoning your books.

    I've used Kindle books for about four years, with no probs that I can recall.
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    I have over 200 books loaded in iBooks, both ePub and PDF format, and never have any problems.

    If you have updated to the latest version of iOS (5.0.1) and have the latest iBooks installed (1.5) and you are unable to open any book, please take your device into an Apple store and have them look at it.

    iBooks is one of the most used apps in the app store and clearly this is not normal.

    There is no need to abandon the software and use another book reader - though I use several book readers as well based on the availability of ebooks in a given format. I prefer iBooks over all the rest though and look there first.
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    YMMV. I had a handful of iBooks, upgraded to iOS 5 and they all disappeared. (Not in iTunes, not in Purchased, etc. All my music, movies, apps, photos, email, docs, etc., migrated without problem on three iPads, two iPhones and a touch.)

    If I'd paid for the disappeared iBooks, I would've been PO'd. I've since bought other iBook freebies, but don't rely on the app. I've found the Nook and Kobo apps more reliable than iBooks, but they have probs, too. Kindle books are the only ones I've not had probs with.

    I'd guesstimate that I have about 1.000 ebooks over those four apps, mostly on Kindle. I use Stanza, Overdrive and Bluefire, too. I have not watched TV in years and rarely go to movies. Books are my primary entertainment.
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    are you jailbroken? theres a update in cidia for the ibooks issue on jailbroken devices sorry if your not was just a thought....
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    No I am not.. I can get all these books to work in the kindle app, but would sure love them to work in iBooks.

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