iOS 5 tethered and Semi-tethered jailbreak solutions are available but iBooks keeps on crashing on all iOS 5 jailbroken devices making it difficult to purchase and read Steve Jobs’ eagerly anticipated biography on your iDevices.
Indeed, the iBooks infrastructure for a jailbreaker running iOS 5 is a turbulent experience, and keeps on crashing, redering it quite useless. Fortunately, there is a workaround which brings back iBooks’ near-full functionality once again. Note: It’s a nice, temporary workaround that’s been tested to work.
How to Fix iBooks on iOS 5
Required Tools: iFile (available in Cydia, very useful and well worth the purchase)
Uninstall iBooks, and then reinstall iBooks from the App Store. ***Do not open the app after re-install***
- Open iFile;
- copy iBooks.app from /var/mobile/Applications/(iBook’s folder)/ to the /Applications. ***You can use SBSettings, or just go through each folder to identify the correct iBooks folder.
- Open: /Applications/iBooks.app/Info.plist and select property list editor;
- Hit CFBundleIdentifier and change com.apple.iBooks to com.apple.iBooksFix
Now Close iFile and Respring.
- There should be 2 iBooks icons on your Springboard. Delete the original iBooks app (rounded corners) and keep the square iBooks app.
- iBooks should open now but, you cannot use iBookstore or sync books using iTunes. So, you need to follow the steps mentioned below to add new books purchased via iTunes to your iBooks…
- Open iFile and select the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom of your screen.
- Open your favoite web browser and point it to http://iphone.local:10000/
- locate var/mobile/Documents
- Now hit the Choose File button and locate your .epub (iBooks format) files and hit the Upload button to manually sync them to your device.
- Now go back to var/mobile/Documents
- Now you can view any uploaded .epub file in iBooks!
Like we told you before, it’s just a woraround not a perfect remedy, but much better than nothing.
iOS 5 Guides
How to: Jailbreak iOS 5 with RedSn0w
How to: Preserve iPhone 4, 3GS Baseband While Updating to iOS 5
How to: Unlock iOS 5 iPhone 4 with Gevey SIM [How to]
How to: Unlock iPhone 4, 3GS iOS 5 with UltraSn0w
How to: Update to iOS 5
How to: Enable WiFi-Sync in iOS 5 to Wirelessly Sync iPhone with iTunes
Thanks a lot guys, at least I can read my books on iBooks again, rather than some random ePub reader with not-so-friendly interface