I have another reason to needing books completely removed from an iPad, iCloud, iTunes then has been discussed thus far. I am in the Technology Dept of an independant school where we have a 1-to-1 program using iPads. A middle school student has somehow (?) downloaded a very inappropiate book in their parents opinion. Remember that kids will e kids and sometimes do rather stupid mistakes. The parents wnat/need these books completely erased from thier childs accounts. This might be able to remove the child's ability to re-doenload such materials or might not want some bit of incrimnating paper trail to this childs indecretions.
So to Gail and others here. There are legitimate reasons to want to expunge records from the mighty apple's computers. It seems rather typical of Apple and MAc users to think that 'if Apple doesn't want tsomeone to do X or Y, then one shouldn't need to do it." This smacks of Big Brother to me. And the argument that this is an industry standard or that it would cause undue support calls to Apple just doesn't old water. Apple has never followed industry standards, but rather works at setting them. And how hard is it to make a user understand and confirm that some action they take will have inrriversable consequences?
Come on Apple, give us the tools we need.
iCloud doesn't store books.....where are you looking that you see books that you want to delete?