iBooks Deletes Books Randomly(?)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Egk, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Egk macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2014

    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

    Jan 1, 2008
    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.



    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

    May 7, 2014
    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

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    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 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    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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