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Do PDF documents in iBooks get backed up to iCloud?

It is very strange that there is no answer to this on official Apple forums. Searching for this online often brings up Wifi iTunes sync or using file sharing services like box.net to do this.

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Yes, as long as you have the iCloud backup enabled your documents will be backed up. I have first hand experience. After exchanging a defective iPad the new one, after entering my iCloud account information, had all my books (both epub and pdfs, I don't buy books from the iTunes store because of DRM), links, gamecenter data, and application data.

What didn't synchronise was music and videos.

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My mistake, and apologies to anyone mislead by my (originally. now corrected) answer. Joe is correct, the contents of the iBooks library, not just the iTunes purchased content, are backed up to iCloud. –  jaberg Jan 30 '12 at 19:01

Based on my tests, PDF files and non-iTunes store eBook content are backed up to iCloud. However, Video and music files not purchased through the iTunes Store are not backed up to iCloud. (For this discussion I'm ignoring music backed up using the premium iTunes Match service.) These media files are synchronized with (and presumably backed up from) an iTunes library attached to a computer.

Apple doesn't specifically call out PDF files in iBooks, but they do provide some reference: iCloud: Backup and restore overview

You get unlimited free storage for:

Purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books *

You get 5GB of free iCloud storage for:

Photos and videos in the Camera Roll Device settings (for example: Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts) App data Home screen and app organization Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS) Ringtones

 The following items are not backed up to iCloud. You can sync these items with a computer using iTunes:

Music and TV shows not purchased from the iTunes Store Movies, podcasts, and audio books Photos that were originally synced from your computer

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My iBook size 2.5 giga but in the I could backup it shows 775 mb I have space as I bout 20g in the iCloud

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This doesn't really answer the question. Are you implying that iBooks do not get backed up? –  patrix Aug 23 '13 at 10:32
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Thecafremo Aug 23 '13 at 15:37

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