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If I am out of my service area can I still read a book in iBooks on my iPhone? If not, is it possible to download part of the book and read it while I am out of the area?

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I used iBooks on my iPod touch when not on WiFi all the time before I got an iPhone. –  CajunLuke Sep 14 '12 at 5:16
    
Has something given you the impression that the books are not downloaded fully to each device? –  bmike Jun 27 '13 at 18:00
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Yes, iBooks can function normally while not connected to the internet. As long as you have the book(s) present in the iBooks app before you get out of coverage you will be fine.

If you are out of your coverage area and connect to another network, or roaming, you might have additional expenses for using another network.

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