iBooks Deletes Books Randomly(?)

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  1. Egk macrumors newbie

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    Hey!

    I have seen that iBooks have had a tendency to randomly delete books from my library. Just today it deleted a book I had open very recently and along with it a couple of other books, too.

    Why is iBooks having this behavior? Is there a way I can troubleshoot what is going on? It's scary that iBooks does this at all.
     
  2. Alrescha, Feb 27, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2016

    Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I do not have an explanation. Since the separate iBooks came out I have been using Calibre for all my non-iTunes ebooks (If iBooks loses track of a iTunes Store purchase, you can just download it again).

    Calibre is not the prettiest application in the world, but it has not lost anything yet.

    https://calibre-ebook.com/

    A.

    nb: I read all my books with iBooks, on either OS X or iOS. I just store them elsewhere for safekeeping.
     
  3. Egk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, but I have no desire to "jump ship". I use iBooks on several devices and would like things to be synced, not to mention that I have many iBooks-only specific books.
     
  4. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    I suspect it has something to do with iCloud. Do you have multiple devices? I had a similar problem when I first got my iPad pro. I set it up as a new device, I did not restore from a previous iPad. I loaded up a bunch of books and PDFs then about half an hour later half of them were gone. I'm guessing it was trying to sync and got confused. I loaded them again and since then it has been fine.

    I would recommend a trip to the Genius Bar.

    Maybe if you sign out from iCloud, restart and then sign in again it would help. Good luck.
     
  5. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Calibre would work well for this as, unlike iBooks, it does not mangle filenames too badly when you import. It's also very nice for converting books between different formats.
     

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