By now, you've probably downloaded the iPad friendly iTunes 9.1, which includes the various tweaks it needed to function on the iPad. You may have also noticed that audiobooks and ebooks are now joined together as one big category of Books, which means that the day is dawning upon us. Well, in preparation, we checked out the new iTunes update to see how Books really works, and if it'll deliver all that Apple faithful have dreamed it would.
The very first thing we did upon completion of our iTunes installation was get right to uploading documents to the new books category--we did this by simply selecting the Add to Library dialog window and adding our .epub files. To be honest, we expected to that the file wouldn't turn up at all in our iTunes library.
As a separate test, we imported a .pdf file, which it did successfully, but that file was listed in with the music (along with a little book icon next to its name). Clicking on the .pdf title prompted iTunes to open the .pdf in Preview or Adobe Acrobat. This is the same behavior as with previous versions of iTunes (at least 184.108.40.206).
But the big test came when we plugged in our iPhone. The audiobook category on it had also changed to Books (though when we later opened the iPod function on our phone, audiobooks was still the only option). There was no luck in moving any of our freshly imported titles to our iPhone. We even tried tricking iTunes by creating a playlist of our .epub books and syncing our playlists. That failed. Then we clicked on the new "Books" tab in our iPhone controls, which only allowed syncing of audiobooks, and not the digital print books that were in the same Book category with them. All of this still leads us to believe Apple has one fractional additional iTunes update coming on April 3rd. For now, we're just sitting on our hands waiting, waiting, waiting.