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chipmason Level 1 (0 points)

Just loaded iOS5, and in iBooks the covers for most of my ebooks are missing, replaced with a generic cover. Most of my books are ebooks bought from other sites, but they showed fine in iOS4.



  • christopher7572 Level 1 (0 points)

    I got same problem also. Some guys posted on Jun7 that iBooks 1.3 fixed this issues but I think it is in IOS5 beta. Any solution for it?

  • chipmason Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, unfortunately, this is from the new iOS5 release yesterday.

  • michelecg Level 1 (10 points)

    I had the same problem and started to replace the covers in the artwork section as opposed to just dragging it into the 'selected item' section. Did a few and then synced. Didn't work. So then unchecked the 'sync all books' and synced which of course removed them from my iphone. Then I went back and selected all books and synced again which of course re-imported them all back in and I have all my book covers back.

  • chipmason Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, that solved it for me: simply removing all books from iBooks by "un-syncing' and then re-syncing.


    iBooks is really slow the draw books on the shelf now, its really odd.

  • joie hadi nata Level 1 (0 points)

    Does that work for books bought from multiple accounts. Do I have to relog to different itunes account and resynch it for every account ?


    I hope apple will help to fix it.

  • Peter Tattersall Level 1 (25 points)

    Once there is a difference between the iBook information about a book and the iTunes version of a book, the only way to fix it is to delete the book from the iPad, then reimport from the correct version in iTunes. If you copy a book to the iPad and then decide you want to change the category or grouping of the book, you are out of luck - all you can do is delete and reimport. Similarly if you copy a book to the iPad and later find a killer cover you want to show with it, you have to update the iTunes version, delete the iPad copy, then reimport.


    The trouble with this is that when you have a mass loss of covers, as we do here, you are stuck with the deletion and reimport process for all the books in error. That's fine if you haven't set up collections and didn't rearrange the books from the default import order, but if you have, all the collection info and the special arrangement info is lost. And that's my problem - the artwork is valuable to me, but so is the collection info, which would take time to reconstruct - and would be tedious to boot.


    As far as I am concerned, the connection between iTunes and iBooks is broken (and always has been - this isn't new behaviour). Synch doesn't work the way it should (particularly for manual synching), and the workarounds are unacceptable to me.

  • JVXB Level 1 (50 points)

    Wow, Michelecg's suggestion worked.


    De-selected "Sync" Books on iTunes, Sync'ed the iPad without any books checked, then Re-selected Sync Books, and voilà, there were my ePub covers again and even the old bookmarks made it. Yay. What an absolute dog's biscuit of a mess that is, though. Oh, well, at least I have the covers back. THANKS.


    Incidentally, the iOS5 upgrade process took me almost 8 hours. This was another 1 to research/solve. Must Apple, whom we love most days, make things so difficult for their users?

  • JPS Nagi Level 1 (0 points)

    This is pretty stupid, if I have to "remove" all books, and then sysnc all of them.

    I have few hundred books, and I have selected books on the iPad.


    Apple, wake up !!!

  • cdspdc Level 1 (0 points)

    THANK YOU michelecg! Did as you told and worked perfectly although this shouldn't have happened in the first place.


    And although it didn't take me 5 hours to upgrade to iOS5 it did take me 2 hours which is just a waste of time. What are the guys at Apple doing anyways?!

  • mgshoutman Level 1 (25 points)

    De-selected "Sync" Books on iTunes, Sync'ed the iPad without any books checked, then Re-selected Sync Books solved this issue for me. thx

  • Jerry Levan1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I found that if I deleted the books in a single collection and re-synced then the

    books found their way back to the collection from which they were deleted.


    Don't forget to check the re-sync *all* books radio button before doing the

    sync after deleting the books.


    There was a slight difference in behavior between the iPhone and the iPad.


    On the iPad the covers re-appeared short after the sync was completed.


    On the iPhone I had to open each book before the covers would re-appear ( after the resync)



  • Allypet Level 1 (0 points)

    Will I lose my bookmarks and highlights?

  • jadewtchs Level 1 (0 points)

    Sad to say, this hasn't worked for me.   Wiping everything, and then resyncing isn't changing the cover, but oddly enough if I open the book, and then close it again, the cover does show in ibooks for about 5 seconds and then blinks back to the generic cover again.

  • Westacular Level 1 (0 points)

    Allypet wrote:


    Will I lose my bookmarks and highlights?


    Just tested this myself, and I'm happy to report that if you have "Sync Bookmarks" enabled in iBooks's Settings, they should all be restored automatically. And, if you have "Sync Collections" also enabled, the books will also remember which sections and which order they should appear in.

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