Apple Releases iBooks 2.0.1 to Address Issue with Textbooks Not Opening

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Apple today updated iBooks [App Store] to version 2.0.1, bringing a fix for an issue that resulted in some iBooks Textbooks not opening in the application.

    Apple is not terribly specific about the issue, but it may be related to a complaint shared by USA Today almost immediately after the iBooks 2.0 launch and for which Apple had promised a fix.
    iBooks 2.0.1 is of course a free update to the already-free iBooks applications. A handful of iBooks Textbooks have launched, with most priced at Apple's maximum allowable price of $14.99.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iBooks 2.0.1 to Address Issue with Textbooks Not Opening
  2. run4blue2 macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2011
    This is one thing they are going to always struggle with regarding electronic textbooks. What does the professor do if a bug kept part or all of the class from being able to do their assignments because of a software bug?
  3. zachkolk macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
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    Finally. I was disappointed when I couldn't try out textbooks when Apple released iBooks 2. They have never worked for me.
  4. Undecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2005
    Haha, the new "the dog ate my homework."
  5. zachkolk macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2010
    North Carolina, USA
    Not working

    Anyone else having the problem where iTunes won't sync a textbook to their iPad because, it says, that it needs a newer version of iBooks? That's what my is doing after I updated to 2.0.1.
  6. k2director macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2006
    My god, iBooks is slow on an original iPad. It takes seconds to do anything.
  7. locust76 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
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    Jesus... The ONE function that iBooks really needs to do, and Apple blows it...
  8. 2 Replies macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
  9. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Don't expect that to change.

    The original iPad has been replaced by the iPad 2, soon to be replaced by the iPad 3.

    Backward compatibility is not a priority for Apple. Never has been.
  10. applefan289 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    How come I don't see an update available for the app? Usually when I go to the app store, it shows an update if it's available. I don't see an update for 2.0.1.
  11. waldobushman macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2011
    You just make stuff up when you feel like it? I suppose if you can string some nonsense together that has the syntax of a sentence, that's good enough?
  12. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011

    That's why all my Rosetta applications still run fine under Lion...... Not.

    And why I can install iOS 5.0 on my early iPod touch. Not.

    And why I was able to do iOS development on my PPC Macintoshes. Not.

    And why I can run Siri on my iPhone 3GS. Not.

    Apple obsoletes their old stuff regularly, making their software and hardware more efficient and not carrying along all the baggage from the past. They don't tie their own hands by requiring that everything keep running on older hardware and OS versions.

    It's not a bad thing, it's just a fact.

    The original iPad is going to be too slow and limited to run many new applications. It's been replaced.

    Move up and move on if you need today's capabilities.
  13. 4phun, Feb 3, 2012
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    4phun macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I am using an iPad one for developing iBooks with iBooks Author, with little problem. I kill all the memory hogs to speed things along. Remember the new TextBooks can be really huge compared to older ePubs that may be part of what you perceive as slowness. I try to keep them down to 1 GB per Apple's instructions with well designed short sections to each chapter.

    I find iBooks Author to be very fast for what used to take me hours and the new iBooks works much nicer with the multimedia then Pages did. I had the hang on loading some projects if I placed a video clip in the multimedia holder of the second page before today's update.

    Sometimes I had to reboot the iPad to recover, now all that is gone.


    You can copy RTFD from any source and paste into iBooks Author with Paste and Keep Formatting command. It carries images and multimedia all in one click into iBooks Author. If you are a teacher with a well designed web site to begin with you can create a new iBook in almost a half dozen heartbeats.

    I prefer to use the gallery to display images in an iBook as they can be taken full screen in both orientations but that doesn't convert to PDF. Also Apple does not allow the SPEAK highlighted text function in iBooks created via iBooks Author.

    The only other feature I have not done well with is using web widgets. I have had a few that work but a lot where iBooks Author says a desired widget is not permitted.

    Anyone else using iBooks Author and todays update to iBooks?
  14. Markc1024 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Seems you have to go into the "Purchased" section of Updates to find it.
  15. Schtibbie macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2007
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    Why would it be necessary to go digging around in the Purchased section, amongst all the other stuff in there? Nobody except those reading these forums is going to figure that out.
  16. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    provide one example of that happening. With a book/textbook. you can't.

    As for the magazine in question it could be the fact that the cover is a very obviously undressed man that is the issue. not the fact that it has a story about penises. Although that said, I think both magazines mentioned and those similar to Cosmo really should be 17+ and I have sent that feedback several times.
  17. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    You don't. It's made it all the way to the notification of update stage. It just takes time.
  18. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    You know, you should spend your time in more useful actions instead of writing stupid statements like the one above.

    My "original" iPad runs perfectly fine with iOS 5 and 150 apps installed on it - productivity apps, newest games, everything. Will the next products be faster and better? Of course. This is the course of nature and innovation - otherwise, we would all be driving Ladas.

    As for Rosetta, what are we talking about here? Support for a platform that has been discontinued more than 5 years ago? You need it, just KEEP using Snow Leopard, which is a perfectly fine system...we do NOT need the same problems Windows has always faced with backward compatibility.

    In any case, you probably use an Android thingie and have never used Apple products - so please stop spreading moronic FUD on this forum - better yet, give Aiden Shaw a call and be happy; misery definitely loves company.
  19. Mainsail macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    Performance seems better with update

    Well, I was pretty disappointed with how iBooks textbooks ran on my iPad 1. But, with this recent update, it seems to be running better and no crashes so far. I haven't had a chance to really test it, so time will tell. Not sure if others are having the same experience?
  20. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    I completely support Apples early obsolescence policies, and am not complaining at all. Quite the opposite. Microsoft's bloat ware Windows product suffers from its failed attempt to run everything ever released since 3.1.

    I've been an Apple Registered Developer since the release of the Lisa, and professionally programmed for every device and OS version since.

    It doesn't change my position on Apple's lack of attention to backward compatibility at all however, and by the end of next year the original iPad will be barely usable by business users. Microsofts "office" product is rumored to require both more memory and faster processors than the iPad 1 offers - and may in fact only be really usable on the iPad 3. Though late to the game, it is likely to become the standard for business users on the iPad just as it has on the PC.

    Onward and upward. Just don't expect your obsoleted hardware to run everything released from Apple or in the App Store and you will be fine. With the number of apps currently available, the original iPad will continue to be useful until iOS updates finally leave it behind, but not with all apps in the store.

    I'm pleased that the iBooks update has fixed the major issues with failures in opening books, however to say that the performance of large iBook textbooks is acceptable on the original iPad is specious at best, and simply denial of the reality of the situation.

    The only ones who will really be hurt are the early adopters in education who bought hundreds of original iPads and will be frustrated with their inability to handle larger texts. They will update their hardware and be fine, but some of our own customers fall into this category and expected to get 5+ years out of their investment. That will be difficult for them, though they will likely be able to shift them to lower grades and lighter duty.
  21. nathadale macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2012
    Once you purchased, you have no choice and to bring along your phone and ask for exchange or updates in software.
  22. DESNOS, Feb 5, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012

    DESNOS macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2011
    It isn't FUD; are you new to Apple? Apple does value backwards compatibility to some extent, or there wouldn't have been Rosetta in the first place, however, when it comes time to dump the old and usher in the new, they do it in a heartbeat. It's how they've always operated: Classic, Rosetta, Carbon, 68K emulation on PPC processors... All of which has been dropped or deprecated (in Carbon's case). You can't rely on them to keep existing software running on current hardware. Not a bad thing, but calling it FUD is hardly accurate.

    EDIT: Oh yah, lets add QuickDraw to the list. Ah the good old days...
  23. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Why not run updates through the developer community first for 3-5 days before releasing them in the wild. I know they do that before release, but that applies to current hardware and software and NOT the release version with release conditions.

    It would be a small thing to do to cripple the first half week or so of updates to act as a moron detector.

  24. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Do you actually understand what BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY means?

    It means that something NEW can run something OLD. NOT that something OLD can run something NEW.

    You got it right in #1 - but not for #2, #3, #4.
  25. Mad-B-One macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2011
    Southern Plains
    Call it cross compatibilty and the post stays valid, going back to what thewitt actually meant. It was aimed at the whiners about that their old machines or their new software is not cross compatible. It isn't and as thewitt states, is not focus of Apple for reasons others mentioned as well.

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