Imported E-Books Not Working with Dictionary on iBooks 1.1 App
Apple’s latest update to its e-reader application called iBooks breaks dictionary support in some self-encoded or imported ePUB book files that are side-loaded and not purchased through the iBookstore. While the latest update to iBooks makes the app a universal app to be compatible with iPhone and iPad, iLounge notes that the dictionary portion may not function correctly due to a “difference in the way iBooks 1.1 chooses dictionaries relative to versions 1.0 and 1.01. The new iBooks appears to be using the language identifier normally stored within ePub files to determine which dictionary to use for a given e-book.” When users highlight text in a side-loaded book and select the dictionary option, rather than display the meaning of the selected word iBooks returns with “Dictionary not available for this language.”
For iPhone users who have converted their non-iBookstore digital library to an ePUB format and would want to use the dictionary function within the app, iLounge also provides with a hack to fix the dictionary problem.