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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 28 October 2013

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This week in ExtraBITS, John Siracusa released yet another gigantic OS X review, Disney pulled some of its movies from iTunes users’ libraries, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers appeared on the Pulling the String podcast.

Josh Centers Pulls the String -- TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Benjamin Alexander on the Pulling the String podcast to discuss managing TidBITS, why Apple can’t get online services or podcasting right, rock concerts, being new parents, and the keys to success. Fair warning: there is some R-rated language.

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Disney Temporarily Yanks Purchased iTunes Movies -- Disney removed some of its movies, such as “The Lion King,” from sale from the iTunes Store. This wasn’t concerning in and of itself, since Disney regularly swaps movies in and out of its “vault,” but this time, a problem with iTunes prevented those who had purchased the movies from streaming or downloading them from iTunes in the Cloud. Thankfully, Apple and Disney soon fixed the issue, but it’s a reminder that cloud services can be unpredictable and that whenever possible, you should maintain local copies of important data.

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John Siracusa’s Review of OS X 10.9 Mavericks -- It wouldn’t be an OS X release without a lengthy, detailed review at Ars Technica from the hypercritical John Siracusa. Siracusa’s tenth OS X review weighs in at 24,008 words, 110 images, and 24 pages in the Web version. You can load page after page of the “canonical” Web version for free, or for $4.99, you can purchase an ebook version from the iBooks Store or Amazon’s Kindle Store.

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