I can't figure out how to download a book to my iPhone 7 iOS 13.6 that's currently stored in iCloud.

How can I download the book so that I can read it offline later?

  • Did you download the books app ?
    – anki
    Aug 14, 2020 at 17:53
  • @anki yes (I did download the Books app) Aug 14, 2020 at 19:06
  • Oh now I understand. you cannot make sure that the book will stay downloaded offline if sync is turned on. Either turn off sync, or keep the iPhone online all the time
    – anki
    Aug 14, 2020 at 19:20
  • @anki I checked in my downloaded books collection, and it said the book was there. I just turned off iCloud Drive and Reading Now syncing in iBooks in settings, and now the book doesn't even appear in the downloaded collection. It says I have no downloaded Books Aug 14, 2020 at 21:33
  • ~/Library/Mobile Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/Documents/ Find all the books in this folder and airdrop them to the iPhone. That's the only way I found that keeps books offline on iPhone. Or use another app.
    – anki
    Aug 15, 2020 at 5:53

1 Answer 1


You can right-click on the book of interest and you get a menu of options. Under 'share', there is an option to email the book. You can email the book to yourself and then save it on your iPhone.

  • This works only for imported PDFs. On Mac, other books (files) can be found in /Users/me/Library/Mobile Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/Documents/
    – anki
    Aug 14, 2020 at 19:22
  • on my computer, it works for Books and PDFs. I just tried it on a novel I downloaded and it worked fine. But your method is much better.
    – Natsfan
    Aug 14, 2020 at 20:23

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