iBooks pisses me off - thoughts on OSX Mavericks
I don’t like posting reviews anymore, but what the hell?
I was optimistic:
- iTunes allowed managing ePubs and PDFs
- you could, as with music and videos, opt to organize your book folder location and structure yourself (i.e. it could leave the original files where they were)
- you could edit the metadata directly in iTunes (and for ePubs this would actually change the metadata in the original file)
- you could use iTunes tools to sort, organize, etc your files
- iTunes didn’t let you read anything at all
- iTunes was rather glitchy about what PDFs it would properly recognize so you could put them onto an iOS device
- So the idea of a dedicated iBooks app sounded great - take the base from iTunes and built on it
I am now pissed because I upgraded to Mavericks
- iBooks has less organizational flexibility and power than iTunes did
- it did a terrible job importing my old ebook collection (i.e. 100% failed)
- new ebooks I add are, with no option to the contrary, stored in an obscure folder with new names that bare no resemblance to the contents
- there is no export option for ePubs placed in iBooks (though not dumped any into Calibre to see how it fares)
- these new ePubs organized by iBooks are folders, not ePub files and are about three times the size of the original
- organization within the app is limited to sorting by column or adding to collection - no metadata can be edited
- iTunes now has zero ebook functionality so there is no alternative
- iBooks performance is also terrible. Yes I have a lot of non DRM, non Apple ebooks but with a few hundred in there the app became completely unusable. I tried several times to delete a bunch which just failed.
There are some good points
- iBooks purchased books look great, and are very easy to get to
- Apple may improve the app
Yet to be pissed about
- Not yet trying syncing my iOS device to Mavericks as am scared it will wipe all my ebooks off of there. I should do so but I don’t get enough readers here to push me to take that risk.