Random thoughts from an unusual company

Time to take a bow, I have officially broken the ibookstore app

Gabriella Davis  15 October 2012 17:11:48
It finally happened. I bought more books than the ibookstore app can handle.  It's not the library itself, all my books sync fine and appear in their collections.  The problem is the "Purchased" page within the application itself.  That's an online page in the bookstore that shows you every book you've ever bought.  Not ones synced to the device, not ones bought from Amazon, just those you've bought via iTunes.

Last week I bought a book and suddenly my "Purchased" page was empty.  Now you might not think this is a problem so long as I have the book but you can't actually read the synopsis of a book in your library, you can only read the synopsis in the store and the easiest way to do that is via the purchased page.  So on book purchase number 775, suddenly my purchased page is empty and I have no way to remind myself what I bought and what I want to read next.

It's not the iPad, the same thing happens on my iPhone. It's not my account, in iTunes the purchased list of books appears fine under my account.  It's not the app specifically, if I change accounts and login as Tim his books appear fine on the Purchased page.  It's a combination of the app + my number of purchased books.  Apple are still investigating but I don't hold our much hope.

Some figures I just did in my head.  The iPad has been out only 29 months or 940 days so I have bought 0.8 books a day, on average 24 books a month.  Except that doesn't include my purchases done through Amazon UK or B&N and so I need to add those in, which takes me to around 1400 books, in 940 days, at an average of 8 dollars a book.  I need to stop thinking about that now.