3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 3:23 PM by sekwil
john3cdp Level 1 Level 1

We have a sales tool that we have created for one of our clients in iBooks Author. They need the iBook creating in various languages.


We need to be able to supply the multiple versions of the same document (in the different languages) to our client and they need to be able to install the different versions onto their iPads. And they want the options of having multiple language versions on the same iPads.



We have already created two language versions of the document (a US English and an International English version).


The two documents have different file names, (although they are based on the same document). We have just changed the spelling of some words accordingly. (And we will be producing other language variants based on the master file).


We export the two documents via the File > Export > iBooks option. Then we are using Dropbox to upload the two files. The files are then accessed via the Dropbox App on the iPad.


We can download the first document (International English) onto the iPad and view it as normal, but when we try and then download the other document (US English) it downloads in the Dropbox App, but when you click on view in iBooks it opens the first (International English) document into iBooks.


You can only appear to have one version of the document installed at any one time. If you delete the first one you can then load the second one fine, but not both at the same time. If the file names are different it must be getting the identity of the document from somewhere else.


This has only started happening since using iBooks Author 2.


Can anyone offer any suggestions please. I've tried changing the version number in the option on export, but this doesn't seem to affect the result.


Thanks in advance for any suggestions


iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1
  • john3cdp Level 1 Level 1

    An explanation and possible workaround has been provided by KayNeine here:



    This certainly seems to tally with my experience and the hidden metadata theory does seem to answer why it could be happening. Just need Apple to acknowledge and address the problem.


    As this Support Community obviously isn't moderated by Apple, can I suggest as many people as possible use the iBooks Author Feedback form to report their issues. Hopefully then, someone at Apple might take note and try and rectify these problems.




    The link above is available from the iBooks Author App in the menu: iBooks Author > Provide iBooks Author Feedback.

  • john3cdp Level 1 Level 1

    Further to my earlier post we have now completed a test by saving our original document as a template, then creating a new document from the template, making necessary changes and saving as a new file. We can now upload the two separate versions to our iPad.


    You cannot "duplicate" the file in any way, either by the File > Duplicate method from within iBooks Author or by simply Duplicating the original .iba file in the Finder, as this will cause the problem outlined above. By Duplicating you are obviously also duplicating this "hidden metadata" which is stored somewhere within the file which iBooks on the iPad is using to identify the documents. So unless Apple update the software to allow us to change that metadata we are stuck to using the Templates route. (Didn't have this problem on the last version of iBooks Author).


    This works for what we are trying to do, which is create different language variants of the same book.


    Working from Templates is probably the correct way to do it anyway, but might not necessarily be right for everyone.


    Working in iBooks Author is proving to be a rather testing experience. You certainly need the patience of a Saint. Not sure it's of the standard we expect from Apple, but then I guess, as they are giving it away "free", they think they don't have to offer any support for it.


    I think I would prefer to pay a fee for it and have a support route from Apple, rather than rely on a community of equally frustrated users who are all playing guinea pig and simply sharing their workarounds for a half baked product.


    Good luck to everyone!!! 

  • sekwil Level 1 Level 1

    Good luck to you too !!!!!!