iBooks PDF Support Needs Work; Apple Quick To Update Misinformation


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There’s an interesting article over at TUAW about how Apple lists features for the PDF support of iBooks that it doesn’t have, like highlighting and being able to flip pages like with ebooks.

There are some other features lacking in iBooks PDF support as well: you can’t add notes or use the built-in dictionary to look up words; you can’t copy and paste text; there’s bugs causing some images and tables to display incorrectly; a lot of folks are reporting problems with syncing PDFs with iTunes; and you can only view one PDF page at a time.

Overall the iBooks PDF support definitely seems rushed; iBooks treats PDFs as if they are images instead of ebooks. For the time being, it looks like other PDF programs like Goodreader are still the best option for displaying PDF files on the iPad.

An interesting fact about all of this is that TUAW has a screenshot of the sentence they are referencing from the iBooks description page that corroborates the missing features they point out.

But the funny thing is, less than 1 full day after the TUAW article was published, Apple updated the information to remove the words “highlighting” and “flip” on the iBooks description page.

I found the same article plagiarized on two other sites, so I guess an employee of Apple had plenty of opportunity to come across it and update the iBooks page. But stilll . . . They fixed that fast!

2 Responses to “iBooks PDF Support Needs Work; Apple Quick To Update Misinformation”

  1. “An interesting fact about of all this is that TUAW has a screenshot of the sentence they are referencing from the iBooks description page on Apple’s website that collaborates the missing features they mention.”

    This sentence makes no sense. The screenshot does not collaborate (what do you think this word means?) missing features they (Apple or TUAW?) mention. The screenshot does not corroborate missing features. It does corroborate TUAW’s point.

    But,switching to this word would not keep your sentence from being an awkward mess.

    Maybe you mean “TUAW has a screenshot of a portion of the iBooks description page on Apple’s website showing Apple claiming features not actually available.”