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Books and pdf documents not showing up

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  • AJThomas Calculating status...
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    Jul 9, 2010 12:13 PM (in response to rePad)
    Well done rePad. I selected all my PDFs and changed them to Book in one go and they wouldn't sync, I went back and changed them one by one and they now sync.

    Just to add to the weirdness I had done a smart play list to look for PDF and not Book , when i changed them all together they didn't appear in the playlist, when I changed teem one by one they still appear in the playlist. definitely weird bug in iTunes.
  • adamman12 Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2010 4:46 PM (in response to yunayunayuna)
    i have an iTouch 2nd Generation and im having this problem. 1 PDF book, it showed up once and than it dissapeared. it shows that its on my device. same thing apply here? wait about 5 minutes?
    dell inspiron 6000, Windows Vista
  • copwriter Calculating status...
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    Feb 19, 2011 10:39 AM (in response to peder66)
    PDFs and regular iBooks purchased from the Apple Store show up in different lists/shelves in the iBooks display on the iPhone (and presumably, the iPad). Flick your book list or bookshelf to one side or the other, and you'll see the PDFs you have stored on the device. I found this only by accident.
    Core i7 2.67GHz, 6 GB RAM, Windows 7, iPhone 4
  • pb4joy Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2011 8:40 PM (in response to peder66)
    Hi, I have the same problem. I used to able to Open in iBook to bring a PDF attachment from my email Into my library. But lately it does not work anymore. The PDF simply do not show up anymore. Do you have your prob solved? Would you mind sharing if you did?
    iPad, Windows 2000
  • KiltBear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2011 3:25 PM (in response to rePad)

    rePad, thanks so much for figuring this one out.


    The problem: if you selected a bunch of PDFs and changed their Media Type to Book, they don't sync in iBook on your iOS device. You have to set them back to something else and then individually set them back to Media Type: Book


    Set the PDFs back to something other than Media Type Book:

    • Highlight all your PDFs that you want to show up in iBooks that don't currently show up
    • Command-i (Get info)
    • Select options
    • Change Media type to "music"
    • "OK"

    Now all the PDFs are in your music list

    • Select your Music in the left panel in iTunes
    • Search for "PDF Document" (you should now have a list of all PDF documents)
    • Select the first one
    • Get Info (command-i)
    • Go to Options pane
    • Change Media Type to book
    • Hit the Next button
    • Change the next PDF to media type book
    • Keep going until you are done with all the ones you want to show up in iBooks

    Those PDFs should show up under books AND they should sync now.

  • saluka Calculating status...
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    May 22, 2011 8:46 AM (in response to KiltBear)

    In iTunes, click on the "Books" link and make sure the ones you want to sync are CHECKED--that was the problem for me...:)

  • Lennysapple Calculating status...
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    Jun 11, 2011 4:44 PM (in response to peder66)

    Same goes for me. iPhone 4 and iPad 2 will not let me sync via iTunes both ways. Used to work just fine a while ago.

    If pdf is opened in "Mail" I can then see it in iBooks, but not in Pages.


    Something is definitely wrong with PAGES :-(

  • Disneylady46 Calculating status...
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    Oct 19, 2011 8:49 PM (in response to peder66)

    When I go to the iTunes page the book box is not there, only audiobooks.

  • ikarous Calculating status...
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    Oct 26, 2011 7:40 AM (in response to peder66)

    I had the same issue with pdfs not showing in IOS5 on an iPad.  I had to Click on the "Collections" button and select "PDFs".  Now they show.

  • elsattar Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2011 8:01 PM (in response to peder66)

    umm..I had the same problem, briefly, and I tried something and it worked. Could be just lucky but well....its SO simple.


    I was missing one file (in books on iTunes but wouldn't show up on iBooks). So I took the missing files in iTunes and dragged it into my iPhone, via the sidebar. It synced the file and its showing up now (wait let me check..yup still showing up). Try it out.


    Though Apple should still address this, seems like over a year old problem.

  • Jessi Hance Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Nov 20, 2011 1:16 PM (in response to elsattar)

    This did the trick for me. The book that hadn't been showing in the Books tab of my iPod Touch section now appears. Thanks, elsattar!

  • bfrank336 Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2012 1:36 PM (in response to KiltBear)

    Well this confirms everything I think about apple. After the iSO5 update to my iPad2 I can not view my books or PDFs no matter how many times I sync and how I sync, as soon as I eject the iPad they are not in there anymore. I have tried renaming the Media Type and renaming it back, won't work. The fact is I had the ability to read these purchased books and PDF's in iBooks before the update and now I can't. One thing I found was I am able to drop them into my iAnnotate app, through iTunes, that I use for taking notes while reading books and PDFs. I am still able to read them this way, if it wasn't for this app I would throw my iPad against a wall right now. The whole point of this is to read books. I have searched for help under the iBooks app... nothing... I will try to get a different app that does the same thing as iBooks and see if this makes a difference. Yes I have tried viewing books and PDF's there is nothing in either of them.

  • ricnic Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to peder66)

    Same problem on iPad 2. Solved it by putting the pdf files into Dropbox. Then dowloaded the free app pdf-notes for the iPad. From the app you can download the pdf file from Dropbox. Perfect.

  • ultimatemagnus Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2012 3:38 PM (in response to KiltBear)

    This solved the problem for me. Extra, unneeded work—but it fixed the issue.

  • macdieharder Calculating status...
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    Feb 25, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to ikarous)

    As soon as I selected the PDF collection in iBooks on my iPad mini I finally saw the pdfs I had synced.  Thanks for the tip (icarous I believe).


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