I recently bought several ePub books from the Humble Bundle and from Smashing Magazine, hoping that I would be able to side load them into iBooks and then use iCloud to sync position, bookmarks, highlights and notes. I read that this should be possible here: http://blog.robertsalsbury.com/2012/08/15/ibooks-annotation-epub-and-icloud-syncing/

However after downloading the same files on my 2 devices (an iPad mini and an iPhone) this is not working. Nothing is getting synced!

Has the feature been removed, or am I missing something?

By the way I do not, nor will I ever want to, plug in my devices to my Mac. iCloud all the way for me.

Edit: I am using the latest version of iOS (6.0.1) and the latest version of iBooks (3.0.2) on both devices, and am logged in to the same iCloud account. I have some purchased books in my library and they are syncing fine.

  • To help troubleshoot: are you running the latest iBooks (3.0.2) and the latest iOS (6.0.1) on both devices? Is the same iCloud account logged in under Settings -> iTunes & App Stores on both devices?
    – Dan J
    Commented Nov 15, 2012 at 20:53
  • Hi Dan, yes I have added a comment about that, I am using the latest versions and logged in with the same account.
    – Shaun
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 8:14

3 Answers 3


I finally got this working by signing out and signing in again in the iBookstore. It then asked me if I wanted to sync, I said yes, but it still didn't work, so I went to Settings and saw that the sync switches were off, and now it works. Phew!


I am still seeing the sync behavior I blogged about with the current versions of everything. My only suggestion is to note that the info doesn't get pushed up to the cloud and sync'd until you close the book.


  • Is this just an assumption or did you verify?
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 17, 2012 at 18:05

For me non-iBookstore epubs(generated by calibre) themselves don't sync If I add them them to iTunes collection and sync to devices after that then last reading position/bookmarts,etc -works

iPhone4/iPad3(6.0.1)/iPad1(5.1.1),all non-jailbroken

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