I see that my iBooks seems to be uploading my books to the cloud without keeping a copy on my local device. So when I reopen the app, I have to wait for the book to do finish downloading (which is a hassle if it is a 600 page pdf)

How can I prevent iBooks from deleting local book files and moving them to the cloud?

Is this related to “offload I used apps” switch? (it’s on for me)


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This is a bug in iBooks. Please report it to Apple so they fix it. Many of us have this problem. I just got bit by it on an airplane flight, when I realized I didn't have my books on my iPad or phone because... Apple.


Goto Preferences, uncheck options which reads Sync bookmarks, highlights and collections across devices

  • 7
    What if I still wanted my books (including bookmarks, highlights, collections) to be synced over iCloud, but not deleted from local storage automatically?
    – sleighty
    Nov 12, 2018 at 10:08
  • @BrunoEly so far couldn't find anything on it.
    – anki
    Sep 10, 2019 at 21:05

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