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What is the recommended way to make a backup of all the books I have purchased with Apple books (formerly known as iBooks), preferably using macOS?

Or may there is even an official way recommended by Apple?

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    Do you just want to backup the folder where your iBooks purchases are downloaded to on your Mac, or are you aiming to convert them to a format you can still read should the iBooks service cease to exist? – calum_b Oct 26 '18 at 20:33
  • I would like to explicitly get the files and backup (and restore) just them. Since it is ePub (isn’t it?) I would not have to convert them to be able to read them somewhere else. I just need another ePub reader (right?). – bitbonk Oct 27 '18 at 8:34
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Apple’s recommended method for any local backups is Time Machine. While other options exist, none of them match your combined wishes in question.

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When you select the options for the book (...), you can Share PDF and simply e-mail it, save to files, etc.

  • Do I have to do this for each and every book manually? Also I'd prefer to do it on macOS. – bitbonk Oct 26 '18 at 19:52
  • PDF can’t substitute for books that have more than just text in them., and probably is not permitted for paid books that have drm. – Tom Gewecke Oct 27 '18 at 2:06

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