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See All Your Books in iBooks

The iBooks app for iOS lets you assign your books to different collections, but does not have any obvious way for you to see all of your books, regardless of the collection you have put them in. There is, however, a workaround that can show you just about all of your books at once: reveal the search field at the top of any collection in iBooks and type a single space into that field.

With this search, iBooks lists all of the books that have a space either in the title of the book or in the author's name. Other than the rare book that has a one-word title and a single-name author, you end up with a list of all of your books.

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Michael E. Cohen

 
 

ExtraBITS for 18 April 2011

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With Adam away in Denver and Boulder this week, we have only two brief bits to extend your Internet browsing: Jeff Carlson talking with Chuck Joiner about the media-related aspects of iOS 4.3 on MacVoices and an Ars Technica article about how Apple is being sued for its slow response to inadvertent in-app purchases by children.

Jeff Carlson Takes Control of iPad Media on MacVoices -- The demand for the iPad 2 is still overwhelming, with Apple still quoting two to three weeks for delivery of online orders. If you already own an original iPad, however, did you know you have nearly all of the new features of the iPad 2? In this MacVoices appearance, Jeff Carlson talks with Chuck Joiner about what’s new in iOS 4.3 when dealing with media — playing video and audio, reading ebooks, and other media tasks — as part of a discussion about his timely title “Take Control of Media on Your iPad, Second Edition.” Follow the audio, or watch the discussion on video at MacVoices.tv.

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Apple Faces In-App Purchase Class-Action Lawsuit -- Ars Technica reports on a class-action lawsuit filed against Apple about the ease with which children could make in-app purchases of add-ons for programs within the 15-minute window after an iTunes password was entered to install or update an app. iOS 4.3 added a separate in-app password requirement (see “iOS 4.3 Now Prevents Inadvertent In-App Purchases,” 11 March 2011).

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