I deleted accidentally a book that I was reading and it already automagically synced to my iPhone as well.

It was a downloaded ePub. I added notes and bookmarks there.

Now that's gone. Is there any hope to get it back somehow?

I don't see anything like Recently deleted in iBooks.

Maybe we can get it from some kind of iPhone backups? In that case, I don't think my recent notes will be still there...


Happily, it seems that by readding the eBook file in the iBooks, the notes and bookmarks are back.

I had to redownload the eBook and open it in iBooks.

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Any deleted book will automatically be added to your Recently Deleted bookshelf and can be retrieved for 2 weeks (after which it will be permanently deleted and you can't find it there).

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Luckily, iBooks saves your bookmarks, notes, and current page information with your Apple ID account, so they’re always up to date and you can read a book seamlessly across multiple iOS devices.

Just check the book on other devices or re-download it to see if the notes and bookmarks sync back.

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  • Where is the Recently Deleted bookshelf? – Ionică Bizău Nov 15 '16 at 8:04
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    Tap All Books > Recently Deleted > tap the + icon to restore a book. – Lee Leion Nov 16 '16 at 2:09
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    Unfortunately, you just copied a snipped and an image from this page. They talk about their app there, not about iBooks. – Ionică Bizău Nov 16 '16 at 5:54

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