iBooks for Mac 1.0 has not been well received; Apple Discussions include a good range of rants and removal hacks. (You can, and should, register your feedback here. Tom Cook’s Apple seems to pay attention to those submissions.)
I’ll join the chorus. My initial experience on a Mac that migrated from Mountain Lion to Mavericks did not go well — possibly because my Mavericks account iCloud services use a different Apple ID than my iTunes/Apple Store/App Store purchases.
In particular when I did my usual wired sync with iTunes I received this unfortunate error message:
It’s an unfortunate error message because;
- There’s nothing to tell me what “A_Decade_of_Reversal” is (book? app? podcast?).
- The item (a PDF) was actually on the iPhone, the problem is it wouldn’t sync to my Mac. (Precisely the opposite of the error message.)
Once I figured out what this item was (I searched Google on “A Decade of Reversal” and found the medical journal article I’d saved to iOS iBooks.app from Safari.app for iOS) I tried starting up iBooks and was asked to provide my Apple ID for iBooks store purchases…
Except the Apple ID I use for all my purchases is not the old me.com/icloud.com address shown above, nor is it two of my other 3 (known) Apple IDs, it’s my email@example.com Apple ID . I tried entering that one and iBooks refused it.
I was stuck.
This is what seemed to work:
- Got iBooks to sign me out of the me.com address. I did this by messing with Store and auto-download setting in Preferences, but I think one could just go to the Store menu and sign out. Then sign in again with the correct Apple ID for purchases. This triggered a message telling me I would have access only to books for the new Apple ID, but interestingly very little content seemed to change.
- From within iBooks choose “Move Books from iTunes”. I thought this already happened, but it seemed to happen “again”.
 Which, but the way, I thought didn’t have an associated iCloud account. Wrong; I just checked and it does. Everything except email, probably because the firstname.lastname@example.org email address was orphaned when I failed to renew my .Mac online service some time in the early 00s.