iTunes v12.7.0.166 No Longer Supports iBooks

iTunes v12.7.0.166 No Longer Supports iBooks e-Reading Software iBooks iDevice iTunes

Apple rolled out a new version of i Tunes today, and something is missing. Early downloaders reported on MobileRead, and I can confirm, that Apple has removed the iBooks section from the iTunes app for Windows.

According to the changelog, Apple now expects Windows users to manage their iBooks libraries on their iThing rather than in iTunes on Windows.

The surprise change has left a number of users perturbed:

Apparently Apple has decided that since Windows users (still) can't read iBooks ebooks on their PC, they have no reason to manage their ebooks in iTunes. That is more than a little strange. iTunes is a media manager, and some users were storing all of their personal ebook library in the app and then using iTunes to transfer the ebooks to their iDevice.

Now they're going to have to (I think) transfer the ebooks to an iDevice's shared storage over USB using a file manager, and then tell the iBooks app to look for the ebooks in the storage. (Or at least I think that will work; I don't have an iThing to test.)

In any case, this is going to be a pain for users.

Here's the changelog for iTunes v12.7.0.166:

  • iTunes U: Collections of iTunes U content appear in the Podcasts section of iTunes.
  • Internet Radio: Your Internet Radio stations appear in your music library's sidebar. Click Edit in the sidebar to show or hide Internet Radio.
  • Ringtones: iOS 11 supports redownloading ringtones directly to your iOS device, without the need to use iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  • Books on Windows: Books on iTunes for Windows are managed in iBooks for iOS.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

17 Comments on iTunes v12.7.0.166 No Longer Supports iBooks

  1. I went to iTunes asked me t update my version I said no and checked don’t ask again
    should take care of that :-0

  2. Not a suprise that the worst crappy bloatware ever gets a little less useful.
    Another reason why iOS sucks.

  3. You can put your books into your iCloud folder and then one by one “Copy to iBooks” on your iPad. I don’t think you can copy things to iPad via USB, but I honestly have never even thought to try.

    • Ah, iCloud. Yes, putting the file in the iCloud drive on Windows and then pulling it out on the iDevice would probably work.

      Pity there’s no iBooks folder on, though.


      • If you want to get an ePub or PDF on your PC into iBooks on an iPad, iCloud Drive is only one way to do it. You can use any other means of getting the file over, such as DropBox, email attachment, etc. Then use sharing option to Copy To iBooks.

        If the iBooks app is enabled for iCloud Drive storage, then anything you open with iBooks will sync to iCloud Drive and can be opened with any iBooks app linked to your account. But this storage is owned by iBooks alone, you cannot see it or upload to it using the iCloud Drive clients.

        People who were using calibre on Windows to add things to iBooks via iTunes USB sync will not be able to do that any more. They’ll probably want to use a cloud-synced folder instead. Arguably it is simpler to do this as you don’t actually have to tether the iDevice as part of the workflow. On the other end, however it will be ‘one at a time’ to pull them into iBooks.

        These days, I think most people using iOS devices back them up to iCloud rather than to iTunes running on a desktop machine (which could leave you without backup if the hard disk dies, and hard disk was not backed up, etc.).

  4. “…since Windows users (still) can’t read iBooks ebooks on their PC…” But they can. They can read any .epub on Adobe Digital Editions, a free download for PC or Mac.

  5. And again DRM stops you from even reading on certain devices. Correct: epubs with Adobe DRM and epubs with iBooks DRM cannot be read by in the same App if a test works for some ebooks, these do not have DRM. Not sure about PDF though.

    But iTunes is missing even more, as the App store for iOS has been pulled from iTunes, Links to the App-store do not work anymore. While is by design, I often search with a Webbrowser (Safari more often than not) and click a link which after a short waiting period called iTunes with the App page and more info about the App, to download / buy it.
    Since iTunes 12.7 this does not work anymore. And not updating will only work for a certain time, with the update to High Sierra the then newest iTunes version might be delivered.

    Submitted this to support. And then another one, as the pesky Webpage said “we will confirm with an email containing a link to the text you send in” (not the exact wording). Only, the email contains the case number (also displayed directly on the webpage), a link to the support webpage (for submitting more errors?) and a few links to solve common problems with iTunes. No link to the database with the error. They could have asked for a login, before submitting the error or even linked to radar or whatever it is called.
    So I took the anal retentive step to submit the missing link as another error.

  6. On macOS, you can still move things to an iDevice via iTunes, at least.
    1: connect to iDevice (however you normally sync/backup–might require plugging a wire in, depending on your settings).
    2: see iDevice in the left sidebar in iTunes, where things like playlists live.
    3: drag-n-drop ebook, ringtone, app, etc., from anywhere in the Finder to where the iDevice shows up in the sidebar in iTunes.

    I have no idea how you would remove such a thing from the iDevice, now. I mean, you should be able to just delete it within iOS or the appropriate app. But if you want to transfer it, I’m not sure.

    And I don’t know if the same functionality exists for the MSWindows version. Maybe not, since drag-n-drop is generally less versatile, IME.

  7. I use itunes to transfer audiobooks from Overdrive DRM free, ti my iPhone. It will be interesting to see what hoops I have to jump through now to do that now.

  8. So is B&N hiring from Apple or is Apple hiring from B&N?

  9. iTunes is finally had the iOS app store removed from it, so the app had iBooks removed as well. iTunes is too bloated, however Windows users are out of luck of managing iBooks.

    • There are options:

      It is easy to email ebooks to your iPad (or use some cloud service to deliver them there) and then open them in iBooks. Even when it was necessary to use iTunes to backup iOS devices, this was often more convenient than connecting a wire just to move a few books to the device.

      Or If you are interested, check out calibre (running on Windows) and Calibre Companion (running on iOS). After importing your ebooks into calibre, you can then use CC to sync to calibre (or a calibre database in DropBox/OneDrive/etc) and then send the book to any ePub app, including iBooks. Calibre also includes an OPDS server, which some reading apps can access directly (when the server is running), or can be accessed with a web browser to download books and open in your favorite app.

      Calibre Companion will apparently need an update for iOS 11, as it is not working with the beta at present (according to reports).

  10. Note this change affects Mac OS iTunes as well. But Mac OS has an iBooks app so it is trivial to load into iBooks and (with iCloud sync enabled) then open with iBooks app on iOS.

  11. Apple is no longer able to be trusted. The easiest solution is to avoid iBooks altogether and stick with Kindle books that can be read on all of your devices. There, that was easy.

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