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Ricard Miracle Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Oct 24, 2012 1:49 PM

I have an iPad1 (iOS 5.1.1, _not_ jailbroken) used mainly for reading books. Just after upgrading to iBooks 3, the app consistently crashes. It might be iPad's low memory as the crash reports are named (tellingly) LowMemory-2012-10-24-221538.log, etc.


Last version of app iBooks 2 worked fine (at least with the sort of books I use in there); also the number of titles is around just 50 and still 9 GB free space. This issue does not appear to be fixable (if it is lack of memory and generaly lower specs), Apple even decided to keep iPad1 out of iOS 6 iteration because of its lower specs, I am afraid the same is true for iBooks 3 on iPad1.


Would it be possible to downgrade to a (previous working) version?


Is there a repository with previous versions of iBooks (in particular iBooks 2)?


I would also appreciate some some guidance on rebuilding the iBooks collections on an iPad1?

(Though, in my case, I could rebuild them manually with some ease, others might find it helpful a proper approach)


(By the way I use other eBook readers -Good Reader is one- but still I would like to have iBooks usability for my purchases.)


Any ideas anyone? iPad 1 is still a fine piece to use.



iPad, iOS 5.1.1, 16 GB
  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 2:02 PM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    You cannot revert to an earlier version of an app because once the app is updated, the older version no longer exists in the App Store.


    Have you tried any basic trouble shooting steps including quitting all apps and start fesh again, rebooting the iPad and deleting the app and reinstalling it?


    Quit all apps completely and restart the iPad. Go to the home screen first by tapping the home button. Double tap the home button and the task bar will appear with all of your recent/open apps displayed at the bottom. Tap and hold down on any app icon until it begins to wiggle. Tap the minus sign in the upper left corner of the app that you want to close. Tap the home button or anywhere above the task bar. Restart the iPad.


    Restart the iPad by holding down on the sleep button until the red slider appears and then slide to shut off. To power up hold the sleep button until the Apple logo appears and let go of the button.


    Reboot the iPad by holding down on the sleep and home buttons at the same time for about 10-15 seconds until the Apple Logo appears - ignore the red slider - let go of the buttons.


    You can read Apple's support article about troubleshooting apps from the App Store.

  • J. Jordan Calculating status...
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    Oct 24, 2012 2:35 PM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    Alright so if you made the fatal mistake of uploading this update as I did, I have found a solution for you after much trial and error.  If you have a Mac, look in the TRASH bin and find iBooks 2.1.1ipa and move this to your desktop.  Erase the iBooks 3.0 from your iPad.  Restart your iPad.  Go to the iTunes Media fold, mobile applications and find iBooks 3.0ipa and delete it.  Now drag the file from your desktop into the apps section in iTunes.  Turn on your iPad.  Connect it to sync.  Go to apps tab and check iBooks.  After sync your iBooks library will now be restored.  I have tested it and tried it, besides I came up with this whole process because apparently apple has nothing on the entire support for this yet.  I will also post on Apple for the million other users who have the same problem.  Thanks, J.

  • J. Jordan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:59 PM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    Ok the good news is because you have not synced your iPad your iBooks on the make should still be your previous one.  In iTunes click on your apps tab to the left.  Find the iBooks app, right click and choose 'get info'.  A pop up dialogue box will show you which version you have on your Mac.  If it says anything other than 3.0isa you are in luck.


    On your iPad.  Place one finger on the iBooks app and hold.  It will begin to shake back and forth with a small black x on the too left, click the x.  You will be asked if you would like to delete the app, click delete.  It will now be erased from your iPad.  You can restart the iPad at this point free if the updated iBooks.


    Next sync your iPad to the Mac, click the apps tab, find iBooks, and make sure it is checked.  Click apply.  iTunes will now install the version of iBooks you have on your Mac which in this case should be your version prior to the update. ;)


    And just for kicks click sync again to ensure everything updated.  When you eject the iPad you should see the iBooks app located on one of your home screens in the iPad.  When you open the app all of your books will still be there, maybe out of order, but still there.


    My iBooks crashed once and then after one relaunch everything came back just fine. 

  • kb1951 Level 4 Level 4 (3,765 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:59 PM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    There is no 'trash' can on the iPod like there is on a computer. Once something is gone, it is gone.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)
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    Oct 24, 2012 5:23 PM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    Unless I am misreading your post below ....

    Ricard Miracle wrote:


    I use a Mac but have not dared to synch the iPad.

    If you have never synced your iPad with your Mac - J. Jordan's suggestion is not going to work because you will not have the older version of the app on your Mac. How could the older iBooks app be on your Mac if you never synced with iTunes before? The older version would only have been in your iTunes library if you have synced in the past.


    If you have only downloaded apps on the iPad - and not in iTunes - or not have synced with iTunes - the older iBooks app is not going to be on your Mac.


    Plus the first time that you sync with a "new" iTunes library .... well you will see.


    If I am misreading your post - I apologize - but if I am not - just beware.


    I'm sure that J. Jordan will get you through it.

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 4:11 AM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    If you had never synced the iPad with iTunes, there is no way that the previous version of iBooks could have been on your computer - no way that it could transferred into your iTunes library.


    If and when you decide that you want to sync with the Mac - and that's your choice obviously - read this very helpful user tip that was posted by another member of the community. If you follow the steps he has outlined - you will be fine. He explains this for iPhone users, but the procedure is the same for any iOS device, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.


  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,705 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to Ricard Miracle)

    When you sync any content to an iDevice, you cannot just select one new or different item to sync. In your apps list, if you were to deselect all of the apps in the list - except for the iBooks app - the apps that you deselected would be removed from the iPad. So you cannot select just one app to sync without erasing the other apps from the iPad. This applies to everything in iTunes when you sync. Everything that is currently on the iPad, must be included in the sync, every time that you sync, or the content will be deleted.


    Since none of the iPad content was in your iTunes library, it had to be transfered into iTunes, as described in the article that I referenced. If you followed those steps that should have created an iTunes library that reflects exactly what you have on the iPad so that you could sync the content back to the iPad with everything that was already on the iPad - in place and ready to use. Dragging the old iBooks app into the iTunes folder like J. Jordan described should have just added that app to the apps list in iTunes  - which should have also included the apps that were already on the iPad.


    Am I understanding and answering your question completely?

  • ergoboard Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 4:56 PM (in response to J. Jordan)

    Well - I went through that process - got rid of the latest version and reloaded the earlier, which was in the trash, and then synced, but the old version now crashes in the same way as the old.  This being so, I guess the problem lies in the interaction between iOS 6.0.1 and iBooks, rather than in iBooks itself, since the old and new versions worked before the OS upgrade.  I suppose that Apple will cotton on to this problem some time or other, but it really doesn't give one confidence in the software - things are becoming as buggy as MSoft!

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (21,620 points)
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    Nov 3, 2012 5:03 PM (in response to ergoboard)

    Download the latest version which is 3.0.1. It fixed crash problems that some people were having.

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