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theflb Level 1 (0 points)

I have updated to iOS 5  & the PDF's are all missing from iBooks

iPhone 3GS
  • dragonauta Level 1 (0 points)

    I fixed this by turning off iBooks syncing in settings, and restoring a backup, but now, even though I can see the pdfs, I can't open them.

  • drbobbyfromabu dhabi Level 1 (0 points)

    Even I had the same problem. After the 4 hour download & upgrade to iOS 5, all my PDF medical books in the iBook library got clean. Even I tried to delete & reinstall the app & still it's not working. I tried copy & paste of some books from my MacBook pro & ite shows in iTunes, but not in the iBooks app. Can anyone help?

  • theflb Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm just wondering when you restore from a back up, does it restore everything? or can you just restore the PDF's


    The bugger is that I probably lost some between the last back up and the latest update. Not the first time iOS has made me loose lots of work. So much easier on a mac to drag a copy of a doccument to keep a back up

  • theflb Level 1 (0 points)

    Found the Solution


    Go to iTunes / select your device (iPhone) then under the books tab if you have sync all books selected, it doesnt. So you need to click sync selected books and click all of them manually. Your PDF should all still be there. Then resync your iPhone


    PS To APPLE, I dont think of PDF's as being books. There should be a sync books and a sync PDF's option. But if you are going to lump them all together, then when I have selected sync all, then please make it sync all

  • drbobbyfromabu dhabi Level 1 (0 points)

    After connecting your iPad 2 to the MacBook pro, once the sync is over & when the device shows up, go to the "store" tab on the left. Click on "purchased". Now copy PDF books from your backup & paste it in iTunes. The PDF book comes under the purchased item with "sync" icon on the left. Now sync your iPad & the PDF book shows up in the iBooks shelf. Now this's good if you've had a backup like me. Otherwise it's quite a frustrating experience to lose a lot of ebooks.

  • allsquare Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same problem, even after following all these steps. Then I applied the latest update for the iBooks app and everything works fine now.

  • nigelch Level 1 (5 points)

    What "books" tab?


    I presume the one you get when you show it in the iTunes prefs, (it's off by default). I've found that, but my Mac swears blind I have a couple of free classics... all the tech info and timetables I've spent a long time gathering from all over is apparently gone. I use this a lot, and the fact this update appears to erase them is really not good enough.

    If someone can tell me where they are, and how to make this work,I would be most obliged. I get messages about Home Network and iCloud; I don't want any of that, just to work as I always have.I think Apple are being a bit too clever here.

    Any help would be most appreciated.

  • rectifier Level 1 (0 points)

    Also have this problem.  I only had a huge library of pdfs I had amassed, nothing from any store (ibooks paid store doesn't even work here in Europe, pathetic..) and upon upgrading to IOS 5 (and thinking it would be ok), I open up ibooks and EVERYTHING is gone.


    Where have my pdfs gone?

  • elliotfromlos angeles Level 1 (0 points)

    This has happened to me too.  It is extremely serious as I am a medical student and I have meticulously collected pdfs on my ipad and then put them in ibooks.  I am engaged in research and barely scraping by on no sleep and trying to become a doctor.  I cannot complete my current projects and presentations because all of my pdfs are gone now.  Some people say you can just manually add them back in, but the pdfs never existed on my macbook.  I acquired them all on my ipad directly.  So they are not in my itunes library. 

    I did backup before doing the ios 5 update, but when I restore from backup the pdfs are there momentarily, then vanish, maddeningly. 

    This is a very serious matter.  Imagine if you were in college and someone burned all your books, notes, and data.  I don't think I will pass this semester and this seriously throws my goal of becoming a doctor into question.  If there is anything anyone can do for me i would really appreciate it.  I have the backup file but the pdfs get erased each time I restore.  Please someone help me for gods sake.

  • elliotfromlos angeles Level 1 (0 points)

    That so called "solution" is not a real solution.  You can't just declare this issue fixed when it isn't.  Most of my pdfs where acquired through email so they were not in my itunes library.  Even though I backed up, those pdfs didn't go into my library.  So when I sync with them they are not replaced but instead lost forever.  Huge problem.  I've been reading dozens of web pages devoted to this problem but no one has posted a solution.  Most of the threads just have people saying "I accept that Apple is not going to fix this and we have lost our pdfs forever".  That is not good.  I hope someone from Apple can reply to this issue. 

  • theflb Level 1 (0 points)

    The issue was mine & the steps I took fixed it worked,  so it is preety easy to declare my solution to my problem as being a real solution. As for it not fixing your problem, well thats another issue.


    My friends followed the exact steps I described & it worked for them to. Maybe your problem is different

  • Jaxan Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem, and tried the fix. Checked every box in iTunes, and synced. Still the pdf's are not in iBooks. (So the solution doesn't work for me neither). It's also weird that iTunes puts everything in the "only books" category, the "only pdf files" is empty (BUT, the kind of those in "only books" are PDF documents). So I have no clue what I should do :/... It just doesn't work...


    It's ridiculous that Apple makes such mistakes/bugs.

  • sas_man Level 1 (0 points)

    Don't know if this will help but I manually unselected all PDFs in my iTunes library and then went to my book section on the iPad summary and they magically reappeared.  I then sync the iPad and the PDFs we copied over.

  • Apple Lemon Level 1 (0 points)

    I just updated my ipad and all the ibook library disappeared despite iTunes seemingly 'backing up' the ipad.

    IT DID NOT. Seriously, many of us ipad users have spend months-years accummulating our ibooks library. Many of my documents were important pdf articles and not ibook purchases.


    How can Apple let something as serious as this to just slip through to the 'too bad' box?

    If you make a product that people rely on, it should be reliable.

    iTunes have alot of issues that make Apple users go to Windows/Android, where a better product can be found.


    I think that if I cannot restore all the pdfs that I have spent the last 18 months collecting, it is serious enough to stop buying any more Apple products. I have tolerated alot of problems with iTunes and Bad Apples but this is really the last straw...Nothing spreads faster by word of mouth than the bad experiences endured by customers.

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