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Questions tagged [books]

For questions about Apple Books (formerly known as iBooks), an application created by Apple for both iOS and macOS to enable viewing of PDF, ePub and .ibooks format files, typically electronic books. DO NOT use it for book recommendation questions, which are off-topic.

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TTS has stopped working in Apple Books

Before Monterey, I could use the Text-to-speech feature in Books.app. It stopped working for me and I miss it so much. I have tried other e-book readers (Calibre, some garbage from Adobe) where the ...
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Books: Copy iTunes Store info to iCloud? What could possibly go wrong? (multiple Apple IDs)

Apple Books is showing me the following screen (2 variations): Where it says "Info from iTunes Store account:" ...this is my secondary iTunes account (Japan store). Apple Books is asking if ...
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Book manager app with PDF update option

Backstory: I bought a book from a third-party publisher and uploaded it on Apple Books just to find out that I cannot update the book (PDF), the issue is that I had all my notes and scribbles on the ...
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How can I sync purchased audible audiobooks from iPhone Books app to MacBook?

I purchased an audiobook, that is presented by audible, in my iPhone's Books app. Now, I want to have the same book in my MacBook Pro's Books app and listen to it and read its attached PDFs. I ...
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iCloud deletes my PDFs in Books App; How do I get them to be stored locally again

So, last month I decided to enable iCloud for Books in order to transfer all 400+ of my PDFs to my iPad automatically. However, in doing so, all of my PDFs were deleted from my iPhone! I did the whole ...
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Syncing books on Monterey and iCloud

I know there are similar questions, but they are quite old, and I think things have changed since then. I have macOS Monterey, and I have set iCloud Drive to include Books.app. Does this mean that ...
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Using a Python String on a Mac for a Non-Coder?

I'm thrilled to find Navddeep's solution here How to convert an epub package to regular epub? yet two essential questions arise as I try to implement it. What in the string must I change to identify ...
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Highlight text in Books without context menu automatically opening

Is there anyway to stop the context menu from popping up automatically after highlighting text in the Books application? It's just a personal preference, but usually I like to highlight the lines of ...
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What does "sort by recent" do in Books?

In Books on iOS if I sort by "recent" I see a jumble of my recently read books interspaced with books labeled as "new", which includes books that I've had for years. PDFs, in ...
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Books not detecting current reading

Apple's Books app on iOS has stopped detecting books I'm currently reading in "Reading Now". In order to get a recent book to appear in the list, I need have it open in the app, force quite ...
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Can't open ePub in Book "The operation couldn’t be completed. No such file or directory" report

I have a bunch of ePub files a friend of mine gave me, but some of them won't load into Books (3.2). I'm running macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 The warning "The operation couldn’t be completed. No such ...
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eBooks disappearing from Finder

I use the Books app on my iPad for reading my ePub books. I have a number of books from a third party which I am trying to add to my iPad via the Finder on my iMac. The first step was to add them to ...
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If I highlight and annotate a PDF in iBooks, will those highlights be kept if in Adobe Acrobat?

If I highlight a PDF in iBooks on an iPhone and save the PDF, will those highlights be present if I open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat? Or vice versa?
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How do I use sharing automations in iBooks on iOS?

Nearly all apps on iOS show a range of customizable options when I choose "Share" from selected text, but iBooks only lists Messages, Mail, Copy and (uselessly with no way to remove) AirDrop ...
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Bulk download sideloaded books from iCloud

I have about 4,000+ books that have been backed up to iCloud from an older iPad. Is there a way to bulk download all of the books to my new iPad. At present, I can only download them one by one in the ...
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iCloud shows storage being used but files are not visible

iPad 2017 (currently running iPadOS 13) I primarily use my iPad for reading and have about 200 documents in Books (PDFs and ePubs; none downloaded through Apple.) When I go to the iCloud settings in ...
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What’s the problem with highlighting the first line of a page in iBooks on iOS?

When I want to highlight the first line of a page in any book in iBooks on iOS. it starts to move the page slightly, and won’t show the selection or the highlight. Googling revealed that this is a “...
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How does one fix the insufficient memory error in uploading to Apple Books?

I am running Big Sur 11.5.1. Occasionally when uploading non-Apple ebooks, I get a message that there's insufficient iCloud storage. In fact, I have 150Gb free on my iCloud account. Searching via ...
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How do I hide a book in Big Sur 11.5.1?

I'm running Big Sur 11.5.1. I want to hide a book. I follow the Big Sur hiding instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/books/ibksa4e88313/mac They tells me to press the "...
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How to hide book collections in Apple Books

I'm running Big Sur 11.5.1. When I hide a book I bought which is part of a series, the series remains as a collection. How do I hide the whole series? Thanks
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How can I sync ebooks to my iPad without removing the existing ones?

I have an iPad 3 ("iPad 2 Retina") that I use basically just as an e-reader now. It is still running iOS 6.1 and has a collection of eBooks on it. I want to sync a new ebook over to it from ...
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Why is the Bookmark button disabled in Apple Books?

I'm reading a PDF manual downloaded from the internet in Apple Books. The Bookmark icon is disabled. How can I fix this? Can I fix it directly from my iPad?
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Stop iOS Books adding Excerpt From on copy

When I copy from Books and paste in another app, the text I had selected is placed in-between left and right quotation marks, and has a short paragraph added afterwards Excerpt From Book Author This ...
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Books on iPad no longer downloading purchased books

I have 1,076 iBooks purchased from the iStore in my iCloud. I have, starting just this holiday morning, the ability to read 0 iBooks on my iPad in the Books app. Is there any other app which I can ...
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How do you migrate ibooks from Books on iPad to Kindle?

My mother in law has lots of iBooks on her iPad, and she got a Kindle that she finds easier to hold and read. I migrated her iBooks to the Kindle. It was a difficult and arduous process so I'm ...
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How to stop iPhone from offloading ebooks?

Sometimes I download ebooks in the Books app on my iPhone 7 running the latest iOS. And then when I try to read them later without internet connection... I cannot How can I force them to stay on my ...
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Why can't I download anything from Apple?

Recently anything I try to download from Apple, ether in App Store or Books, gets stuck forever and refuses to unstick. Here's what it looks like in App Store: Books also shows an endless stuck ...
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How to copy text from a book in an application, without a quote and instructions where to get it

I use the BOOKS app on my mac a lot. And I often copy something from there for educational purposes. Is it possible to somehow delete these signatures that go to the clipboard. Example: « Some text » ...
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Managing epub filenames in macOS

I have a bunch of ebooks in PDF and epub format on my Mac. I also have a reMarkable tablet that I would like to use as my e-reader. Importing the books is easy, the trouble is that the filenames of ...
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Apple Books Can't Access Your Library

When starting the Books app I get the following error message: Apple Books Can't Access Your Library Make sure the disk containing your library is connected, then click Try Again. Library Location: (...
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My iPhone cannot "see" all the books on my Mac via Mojave iTunes

I have 18 books in Books.app on my Macbook Pro running Mojave. When I open iTunes and look at the Books on my phone, it shows 5 books. Changing the iTunes radiobutton from "All books" to &...
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How to stop iPhone from deleting local music?

I download music to my iphone. When I try to play the media offline some days or weeks later, it says I cannot because I am offline. They have cloud symbols next to them. How can I stop this happening?...
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Books on Mac won't download epubs from iCloud

I use Books on Mac (Big Sur) to organize my non-Apple epub library. Books successfully syncs across devices, and when I want to read a book on my Mac, I often need to click the cloud download button ...
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Manually adding PDF to iBooks on iOS 6, using Linux

There's a long story behind using iOS 6, but basically: I have an iPad 2 WiFi, and it's still a pleasure to read on - but performance on iOS 9 is horrendous, so I use iOS 6 thanks to Coolbooter. I ...
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iPad Pro iPadOS 14.5, last highlights and notes on Books is lost every time I close Books or shut down

When I close Books app on my iPad Pro iPadOS 14.5, or when I turn off my iPad, the next time I open Books some of my last highlights and notes on the book I was reading the last time are gone. Any ...
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Words are selected in a weird way in iPad Pro Books!

In Books in IPad Pro 11 inches, iPadOS14.5, sometimes when I want to select part of a text, the first word on which I click is selected like in the picture, and move as I scroll, and doesn’t go away ...
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Apple Books won't download any books/files saved in iCloud only on Mac (macOS Big Sur)

I can't download any books/files I saved with iCloud in the Apple Books app on my Mac anymore (it worked before though). Books from the Apple Books store will download fine. I can also download all ...
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How to force Books to keep local files offline?

I have many PDF and epub books that I have manually added to my Books library. However, when I try to open them, many times they have to be downloaded from iCloud because somehow they were uploaded ...
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iPad deleted all my books from Books app without asking me

A few days ago I was making a video with my iPad Air 2 camera. A pop-up alerted me that the 32GB memory was almost full, inviting me with a pop-up "Manage your space" or like this in Italian ...
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Shortcuts App Sleep Timer

Has anyone figured out a way using the Shortcuts app to set a sleep timer? My goal is to tap a shortcut from the Sleep menu at night, have it play audio from iBooks for 15 minutes and stop. I don’t ...
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iOS Books app often opens at a previous page

When I open Books to continue reading a book it often opens to an earlier page than the one I was before, sometimes several chapters back. The same happens when I do a lookup and then jump back to ...
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Redownloading iBooks on an iPad 1st Gen

I downloaded iBooks onto my iPad 1st Gen (Running 5.1.1) a long time ago (on a different Apple ID) and I just today deleted it and now I want it back. The App Store will only let me download the ...
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iBooks management of PDF files

I’ve always used “Open in iBooks” to view PDF files I come across on the internet. I don’t do anything explicit to save these files, but it seems something does because when I open iBooks, those PDFs ...
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How do I add an ePub to my iPad

I have an ePub which I bought outside of the Book Store, and on which there is no DRM. It is sitting on my iMac, running MacOS Big Sur. I can double click on the ePub and open it in the Books App. ...
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How to have apple iBooks or Kindle synced between devices?

There are books that I cannot obtain in the bookstore or amazon prime. For those books I'd like to be able to access them wherever I am (from all my devices, even if I get a new mac book). I also wish ...
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Selecting rather than highlighting in iPad books

On my iPad, when I read a book in the books app, a single word gets selected if I hold my finger on it. This allows several options and I prefer this extra tap if I want to look it up, highlight it or ...
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Files Synced to iCloud from iPad not available on icloud.com

iPad 9.7" 5th Gen. (2017 model) | iPadOS 13.6.1 I have a lot of PDFs stored in Books. I have set up syncing to iCloud (or at least I think I have), such that every time I add a book I see a brief ...
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"No PDFs" in iBooks on ipad; i.e. PDFs don't persist in Library

PDFs instantly disappear in iBooks after I click out of them. In particular, I can read PDFs by going into the "Files" app, going to my icloud drive, clicking a pdf, then clicking "open ...
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How to remove a book from a Books collection

In Books app we can organize books in collections. We can have multiple collections and a book can even be in multiple collections. But how can I remove a book from a collection? I don't mean to ...
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Missing files from Books

My wife has lost a number of files she had in iBooks on her iPad. These were journal articles downloaded from the web or books/patterns she had purchased on line. Many are no longer available for ...
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