Reinstalling iBooks?

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  1. bully worm macrumors regular

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    My iBooks will absolutely not open at all. The moment I click on it, the icon will show up for literally a millisecond on the dock and disappear. Nothing opens. I tried repairing permissions with no avail. Anyone know how to reinstall it without reinstalling Mavericks again? :confused:
     
  2. seasob macrumors newbie

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    Same with me and my Mac Pro (2010; OS10.9.1). No icon appears at all, it just won't open, and iTunes doesn't show Books in the sidebar. Oddly, I imported a bunch of PDF's into iTunes and they imported as Music files! Any help here would be great.

    PS: I've deleted the iBooks folder, restarted, fixed permissions - nada.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Nope... a reinstall is the only way to get it back if the app is corrupted or gone.

    What you might try though is make another temp account on your Mac and see if it works from that account. That will tell you if it is something in settings in your account causing the issue.

    Also try a command-r boot to recovery then from there use Disk Utility to do a repair disk.
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    You can manually put all the App's files back in their proper places if you've stored them in a folder on some old backup drive. It'll then work properly. (Did the BU move so as to keep iTunes book functionality, then tried reversing)
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Of course. I assumed from the OP's question he does not have a backup.
     
  6. dholaday macrumors member

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    Since anyone who has installed Mavericks [and not deleted the iBooks files] may [should?] be able to provide the OP with copies of the files - after deleting data - for him to install. Bit of a kludge but worth a try if the OP doesn't have a backup.

    Separate but related question: Does anyone know if it is possible to install Mavericks without installing iBooks? Or how to install Mavericks without the iTunes files being transferred automatically to iBooks?

    Thanks
    Duncan
     
  7. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    Your books should stay in iTunes after a Mavericks install until you open either iTunes or iBooks.
    Uninstalling iBooks, and having all backups of the app unmounted will allow you to continue to manage your books through iTunes.
     
  8. bully worm thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I found a fix. Basically, you will need to reinstall Mavericks.

    Restart, hold down Cmd+R, select "Reinstall OS X Mavericks". What this does is it will reinstall all the apps that came with Mavericks and will leave all of your old apps and files intact. :)

    This of course, will take a good hour or so to do.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    My advice is to ensure you have a full backup of your system. While you were able to get iBooks back after resintalling OSX, what about your data if something happened.

    I use a combination of TimeMachine and Carbon Copy Cloner for my macs.
     

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