Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 8:54 AM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)
iTunes Library is a database of the songs in your library and the playlists you've created. Some song-specific data is saved in this file. The iTunes Library file is only used by iTunes.
Itunes Ebooks require ibook 1.3.1 or later and IOS 4.3.3 or later and can only be read on Ipad, iphone (3g or later) or Ipod Touch (2nd generation or later.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 4:00 PM (in response to Jimzgoldfinch)
Thanks for your answer.
I also use the iTunes Library or .xml file to extract information about the stored songs.
Likewise I would like to use the .itl file, which is the iTunes library file for Ebooks, to extract information about the books.
I haven't bought an Ereader yet, so I don't know the programmes you mention; however, it is not reading the stored books I am concerned with.
So the question remains open: How can I open annd read the .itl file?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 11:40 PM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)
You cannot extract the information that you want from the itl file.
As mention before, you can only read the books on iOS devices that has iBook 1.3.1 or later. You cannot read them elsewhere because of DRM requirements.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2013 12:35 AM (in response to Jimzgoldfinch)
Further to my earlier post, I would have thought that you would have been able to extract information about store books like you do for the store songs.
Extract from http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1660
"This file contains some (but not all) of the same information stored in the iTunes Library file. The purpose of the iTunes Library.xml file is to make your music and playlists available to other applications on your computer. In Mac OS X other iLife applications (like iPhoto, iDVD, and iMovie) use this file to make it easier for you to add music from your iTunes library to your projects."
If the info is not on the xml file, I cannot offer any other suggestions.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to Michael Allbritton)
Sorry, I was gone for a couple of days.
The xml-file for songs - the iTunes library file - is very rich and I extract all the available information from it, i.e. songtitle, artist, album title,albumartist, duration, location, date stored, etc.
The file may be meant for other programmes, but that doesn't stop me from plundering it.
I use a Filemaker Pro programme to organize my music, and rather than typing in all the song info myself, I copy it from the xml file.
As I organize my books also in a Filemaker programme, I prefer to read the book info, title, author, year of publication, and whatever is available, from ITunes to typing it in myself; moreover, it secures a complete input.
The point is, I cannot read the itl file as I could read the xml file; is there a solution to this?
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)
No. The .itl file is a proprietary format used and readable only by iTunes and there's no way of reading or extracting data from it. Since iTunes does not keep book information in the XML file, there's no simple solution. It's possible you could extract some of the data via AppleScript, though I don't see explict support for book information. If AppleScript won't do it, I can see no way to extract book information programatically.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 2:45 PM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)
In iTunes, select Books.
File > Library > Export playlist.
Save as plain text for a CSV file.
You can also save as an .xml file.
(this works for all items - Music, Movies, TV Shows a specific playlist).
You can also...
In iTunes, select Books.
Show the columns you want (View > View options).
Select all items right click - Copy (or Command C) and paste into a spreadsheet for rows & columns and sort or do whatever.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to Chris CA)
I just tried the playlist export, Chris, and I get no data in the file other than column headers appropriate for a music playlist. So that doesn't seem to work, at least in iTunes 11. Copying the list does work, however, though if viewing in the List view the OP will have to show the Release Data column as well to get the information he/she wants.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to varjak paw)
Thanks for the interest you have shown in my problem.
I have tried all your suggestions, even created a library.xml file, but it does not contain any information about the books.
The conclusion must be that the itl.file is inaccessible.
However, I suspect, that the itl.file must be readible to e-book reader software; some day I shall transfer the books (mostly Epub from the Gutenberg collection, highly recommended) to an Ebook reader and one hopes that the reader will recognize the books which I store for the time being in iTunes.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to A.P.M. Wülfinghoff)
A.P.M. Wülfinghoff wrote:
However, I suspect, that the itl.file must be readible to e-book reader software...
As Chris says, it is not.
A.P.M. Wülfinghoff wrote:
...one hopes that the reader will recognize the books which I store for the time being in iTunes.
It will because the metadata is stored in the eBook file.