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:
— Mark Phillips (@wondermouse) September 13, 2017
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 v126.96.36.199:
- 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.