iBooks failings.

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Bear, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    After a little time with iBooks version 1.0 (169) in Mavericks, I have noticed the following issues and shortcomings:
    • No way to edit the metadata (previously mentioned in the forum)
    • No longer allows sorting of books by the sort field - which means it is sorting by the Authors first name and not last name. This is very bad as iOS iBooks still uses the sort field and will list books sorted by authors last name.
    • On some purchased books, it forced a re-download when run the first time and had some books that didn't have the book title, author and sometimes category properly filled out - see attachment
  2. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    I was hoping for more robust program, not a slimmed down reader program. A large chunk of my books don't show up in the app and when I try to add them it says they are already there. I want to be able to edit metadata, this is a big omission. Not all of my books come from the iBook Store. And being able to manage the books that are on my devices would be nice too. It would probably be unnecessary to have to use iTunes and iBooks but it makes sense to me that if you are going to have a separate app for books, you should be allowed to manage them in that app.
  3. phphreak macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2009
    The basic thing with this new iBooks app on Mavericks is that you are unable to sync non-iBook (store) books between devices.

    The best I could do was drag the ePub out of the iBooks app and then drag it onto my device in iTunes directly. The alternate way is to put it in dropbox, and then open it up in iBooks on the iPhone/iPad.

    A real pain in the rear, thanks Apple.
  4. Bear thread starter macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I didn't see that sysnc issue. You just have to make sure the settings for syncing books in iTunes is correct for each iOS device.

    I should mentioned that iBooks is one of the major reasons I'm now back on 10.8.5.
  5. Macolicious macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2013
    So, is iBooks basically unusable if you have books from other outlets?
  6. qua macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2006
    Just email them…

    I'm just as peeved as everyone else - this was the one thing in Mavericks I was waiting for most. Until it's fixed, I simply pop a book into an email and address it to myself, opening it everywhere else and letting it "open in iBooks".

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