iBooks frustration

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  1. grandmat03053

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    Bluefire does load one of the recently purchased books that will not load into IBooks.

    This problem with IBooks is only with loading new books from a press that I've bought from many times. I click on the file on the ePub file and then select IBooks to download to. I'm taken to the open IBook program showing the bookshelves but nothing happens or I can see the cover of the new book for a second then it disappears. I have tried restarting the IPad. It is interesting, though, that Bluefire works. I'm suspicious about the recent update to IBooks and am seeing a few people comment about this type of problem.
     
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    I've checked with the press when the 8 new books out of 17 didn't load. These are non-DRM files.
     
  3. thewitt

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    I don't think it's a DRM issue with your books, I think Apple has broken their generic ePub reader as they prepare for their new DRM scheme.

    They are under contract with publishers to have an effective DRM model in place. Since that has now been cracked, they need to change it.
     
  4. KevinJS

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    I'm not absolutely sure what is going on here, or what the problems might be, but I'll pitch in and see if I can help.

    Equipment: Windows PC running Vista and iTunes 10.6.0.40, using Google Chrome as my default browser.
    iPod touch running iOs5.1
    iPad 2 running iOs5.0.1
    iPhone 4 running iOs5.1

    All iDevices are wirelessly connected to iTunes.

    I just downloaded a random book from Project Gutenberg (Project Gutenberg - free ebooks) for the purposes of this test. I also had some DRM free books already on iTunes.

    With iTunes book page open, I selected 5 books and dragged them to the iPod. Making sure the whole iPod tab was selected (not just the Books tab), I dropped the books there, then took a look at the iPod. All 5 books were available in iBooks.

    Next I opened the folder containing the book I had just downloaded, which was in .epub format, and dragged it into my library, again allowing the whole library to be selected, not just the books tab. iTunes picked up the metadata from the file, and placed it properly in the "Books" section of the library. I dragged the book from the library to the iPad 2, where it is now available for reading.

    As I'm not having any problems getting files where I want them, all I can really add to this is that it doesn't seem to matter which version of iOs you are using. iBooks is right up to date, as are Vista and iTunes. Everything appears to be working properly.

    Am I missing something?

    Just want to add this. Books from Project Gutenberg are copyright free. No book is ever made available on this site unless it is out of copyright, so although you will not get any new stuff here, you can rest assured that anything you download will be legal, decent and honest.
     
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  5. KevinJS

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    Just noticed that this thread is not really in the right place. I'm going to move it to the HELP section, where it might get more traffic.
     
  6. grandmat03053

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    Equipment IPad 1 running IOS 4.3.5 and Safari to directly download the books from the web page to the IPad. iTunes not involved. these are non-DRM files, confirmed by the seller.
     
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    Interesting. I can't swear on the forum. Consider it done
     
  8. KevinJS

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    OK. Just used Safari to download the same book from Project Gutenberg to my iPhone.

    The download page came up with the option to "open in iBooks", selected that and it downloaded and opened.
     
  9. syedqurat

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    I am agree with grandmat3053, any one tell more Good stuff.
     
  10. grandmat03053

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    Kevin,
    This is happening about half the time, and on my IPad, not IPhone. Perhaps that makes a difference. I don't think a single download is a good enough sampling. And whether or not you can replicate the problem, it is still real. I'm curious, though, did you do the March upgrade to IBooks? I do appreciate your tests, as even negative information is useful.
    I've recently seen a few recent posts on the web warning not to do this upgrade. Seeing the problem I'm having, I'm beginning to give the warnings credence. It is telling that one of the problem books loaded quickly and cleanly to bluefire.
     

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