Does Reading a Book on iBooks Use Data?

iBooks is basically a platform to purchase and read digital books. They may not be as popular as the books themselves, but they are becoming fairly popular among the people who often commute via public transport. There is an iBook Store which has a huge collection of different genres of book. All you need is an iPhone or iPad with an Apple ID, and you won’t have to go to a book shop or library to buy a book.

Lately, some users have been found complaining about the iBook store not working on their iDevices properly. They have reported that the issue occurred when they updated the iOS. However, a few experienced this issue without any iOS update too. Well, in any case, troubleshooting iBook is quite simple and similar to other iOS issues and here are some of the tips to do that:

Before Troubleshooting:

It would be ideal if you check two things before you get into troubleshooting techniques. The first thing you need to check is that if your Cellular Data access for iBooks is turned on as it could get disabled after an iOS update.

The second thing you need to do is to visit Apple’s System Status Page. Apple’ System, just like any other technological giant, can go down occasionally. They always update their maintenance schedules too and therefore visiting the System Status page will provide you with an inkling that if the problem is at your end or theirs. Once you have checked both, give these methods a try.

Log out of iCloud:

You can try logging out of your iCloud account to see if this helps. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings.

2. Locate the option iTunes and App Store and tap on it.

3. Next, tap on your Apple ID.

4. Now choose the option Sign Out.

5. Now check if it has allowed you access to iBook Store.

Check Restrictions:

While Restrictions remains a great feature on the iPhone/iPad, it could still be annoying at times. If you have mistakenly or accidentally restricted some app or feature then you will have to change the settings to access it. Same applies to iBook Store as its access could be restricted from the settings. To check that:

1. Launch Settings on your iPhone/iPad.

2. Tap on the option Screen Time.

3. Locate the option Content and Privacy Restrictions.

4. Tap Allowed Apps and watch out for the option Books. Make sure it is not restricted (toggled off) in the settings.

5. People having old iPhones/iPads with old iOS can go to Restrictions via General settings directly.

Reset Location and Privacy:

If you ever have had trouble with the App Store then you would have had opted for this troubleshooting technique too. Same goes for the iBook Store as many people have addressed this issue simply by Resetting Location and Privacy. When you reset this setting, all your apps immediately stop using your location until you permit them again via Location Services. So, reset it by:

1. Go to the Settings and tap on the option General.

2. Now scroll to the bottom and tap the option Reset.

3. You will find the option Reset Location and Privacy. Tap on it, provide passcode if required, and let the process finish.

4. Once done, open the iBook Store to see if your troubleshooting worked.

5. You will also be required to grant permission to the apps and you can do that by going into the Privacy Settings.

Check Date and Time:

Date and Time may seem an ordinary setting, but it has its impact on quite a few iPhone features. Both the App Store and iBook Store can go irresponsive if the Date and Time aren’t right. The best way to fix this issue is to set this setting to Automatic. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Tap the option General.

3. Now enter Date and Time.

4. Set it to Automatic.

5. Restart the device and see if the issue has been addressed.

Force Restart:

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iBooks Store not working isn’t a major issue, and it will likely get sorted out with one of the above options. If not, you can consider Erase all Content and Settings to see if it works. Do not forget to create an iCloud backup before opting for this method.