I can drag and drop all day long, but it won't let me so much as touch the data source. Whether I'm dragging cover art around on the Bookshelf or moving rows in the List view's table, there is a major piece of missing functionality.

Titles and art will duplicate, leaving some PDFs apparently gone, but as soon as I leave the app (or even just change the view), it reloads and gives me the random-sort that I really don't want.

List view works for finding sometimg to read, minus the completely ineffective reordering action, but it has absolutely no influence on Bookshelf view, which is the one I want.

I did somehow manage to get one -- ONE of 41 PDFs -- to move. I'm amazed it hasn't reset on me.

  • Running iOS 5.1.1 on an iPad 1, not that it should ever matter with first-party software.

From Apple's website:

Can I rearrange books on my iBooks bookshelf?

Yes, you can rearrange books in your iBooks bookshelf by touching and holding a book, then moving the book where you would like it.  You can also sort books in iBooks by switching to List view and tapping either Bookshelf, Titles, Authors, or Categories buttons. PDFs are conveniently stored on a separate bookshelf.


  • I've done some searching, but everything I find is either from 2010 or just completely useless.
    – Thromordyn
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 20:06
  • How many books do you have in your library? I had to get an iPad 3 before my iBooks started behaving properly, no doubt due to the extra memory.
    – user479
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 20:11
  • No books. 41 PDFs, but they aren't in memory. That would be ridiculous.
    – Thromordyn
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 20:14
  • I didn't mean that they'd be in memory. I'm merely suggesting that in my case, the additional memory on the new iPad made it easier to manipulate the books in my library.
    – user479
    Commented Sep 12, 2012 at 21:04

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Problem seems to have been insufficient RAM, since only iBooks was receiving a memory warning and dumping nonvital objects, or something which would have similar behavior.

It'd be nice if it iOS was a little louder about this sort of situation. Oh well.

Belated Edit: Closing some other apps in the background is what fixed it. Yeah.

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