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, 2018 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, 2018 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.


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, 2018 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. Oct 27, 2018 at 2:06

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