9 Replies Latest reply: May 18, 2012 3:42 AM by Demo
356simon Level 1 (0 points)

I used to be able to open in iBooks and my PDFs would save into iBooks.  It was a great system.  It appears ios5 has created issues with this. I try at least 4-5 times per PDF and it still doesn't work.  It for a split second appears to work then it disappears.  I have rebooted and restarted but still doesn't work.  I am saving PDFs to kindle currently which over comes the problem however I want my iBooks back.

iPad 2, iOS 5.1
  • Demo Level 10 (88,856 points)

    If you have all of your PDF files stored in iTunes on your computer - and you should have them in there if you sync with iTunes on a regular basis - you can try deleting the iBooks app and reinstalling it.


    If you care to try this - Tap and hold down on the icon until it wiggle and then tap the X to delete the app. Then go back to the app store - tap the purchased tab - find the iBooks app and download it again.


    I would also restart the iPad before reinstalling the app just for the heck of it.


    A couple of other thoughts, there was an iBooks update after iOS 5 came out, maybe even 2 updates, but make sure that your iBooks is current as well. You may have a PDF file that has gone corrupt and that could be creating havoc with the app.

  • 356simon Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply.  I do have the latest version of iBooks and have updated saved and rebooted.  I never use iBooks on my laptop so will have to find it then follow your instructions on deleting the app on the iPad then reloading.

    Thanks again.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,856 points)

    If you do sync with iTunes you can check this way.


    Connect your iPad to your PC and launch iTunes if it doesn't start on it's own. If you auto sync let the process complete. Fate the sync, click on your iPad name on the left side under devices. Then click on the books tab in the iTunes window on the right. Look in the Books window and see if all of your pdf files show up in there. If they do - then they are saved in iTunes.

  • 356simon Level 1 (0 points)

    One last question ( I hope), I have lots of categories on my iBooks on the iPad but when I look at the iTunes on my lap top they seem to be in one big chunk and not itemized (like on my iPad). When I do my new re sync will it throw all PDFs into one heap on the iPad or will it somehow remember to put them in the labelled categories ?

    Thanks again

  • Demo Level 10 (88,856 points)

    The pdfs will only show as one big chunk in iTunes. That is what they look like in my iTunes library as well.


    I cannot say for certain that your collection structure will be maintained. You should backup and sync one last time before you delete iBooks and hopefully the collection structure will be maintained in the backup and you can try restoring from the backup if something goes awry.


    I deleted iBooks once after an update because it was freezing on me and as far as I can remember, when I reinstalled it, my collections were the same as they were before. I do not have hundreds of pdf files in iBooks however.

  • 356simon Level 1 (0 points)

    I am happy to say that my hundreds of PDFs remained perfectly in order and re installed as per the original collection. Thanks again

  • Demo Level 10 (88,856 points)

    You're quite welcome .... And I am very happy to hear that the collections remained intact!

  • 356simon Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there Demo,

    Same problem is happening again. ibooks tries really hard to load the pdf... (for a split second then disappears).


  • Demo Level 10 (88,856 points)

    Sorry to hear that the problem is back.


    I don't know if you have a problematic pdf file causing the issue, an app conflict, iBooks just can't handle the load - or who knows whatever at this point.


    I don't know what else to try except to go back to the basics. Why don't you close apps and restart - if you haven't tried this already. You shouldn't have to close apps at all - unless of course one of your apps is wreaking havoc for some reason with iBooks. See if that makes any difference.


    Go to the home screen first by tapping the home button. Quit/close open apps by double tapping the home button and the task bar will appear with all of you 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 to close the apps. 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.