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iPad Books not appearing in macOS Finder

When I select Books in the macOS finder, connected to my iPad, there are no books. I have, I think, about 800 books. I see them both in the finder under iCloud Drive/Books and in the Books app, both ...
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Turn off iCloud sync for Books

Sonoma 14.4.1. System Settings > Internet Accounts > iCloud > Apps Using iCloud: Show More Apps. I have turned off iCloud sync for all the apps in the provided list (screenshot #2), but for ...
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Open pdf in Books

I used to use Books on my iPad but transferring files now seems difficult. Attempting to sync with a Mac seems to delete files. I can AirDrop to Files but seem unable to open/transfer to my Books ...
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How can I edit Books’ metadata on iOS?

On iPhone SE 2 running iOS 16.6.1, there is no feature to edit the “Author” field in the Books app, for PDFs. There is no feature to edit the metadata of files in the Files app either:
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Local copies of books are deleted off device when iCloud is disabled

So I made the fatal mistake of enabling iCloud on iBooks, when it has unresolved issues that people have been complaining about for years. Now I want to turn it off. Issue is, I can’t get my books ...
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How can I make iBooks on iPad to store all books locally instead of on iCloud?

I have an iPad with IOS 17, and I want to stop paying for iCloud. The problem is that before I started my iCloud subscription I had some books imported in the Books app, and after I started it the ...
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On iPhone, how to open a book in format epub in the app Books?

On my iPhone, in the app Files, I have a book in format epub. I want to open it in the app Books. This is simple. But I did not find any way. When I click the book in the app Files, the iPhone goes in ...
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How do I use Zathura after Homebrew installation?

Command line newbie here. I was looking for a PDF/EPUB reader that didn't annihilate my retinas, and looked like Zathura was a good option since others didn't seem to have dark mode. I installed ...
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Apple Books app in IOS 13 does not correctly play mp3

I can't figure out why I am the only one having so many problem with the Apple Books app and no one else is complaining about them on the internet. I just want to focus on one of those problem but to ...
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iOS: deauthorise device for books download

I need to deauthorise books downloads on an iOS (16.6.1) device but the only instructions I can find are for macOS or much older iOS version (screen shots look nothing like current version) ? I can't &...
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How to close a book in Apple Books app in iPadOS 17?

In iPadOS 17, I seem to be stuck inside an open book. I cannot find a way to close a book. I want to return to my list of books, and the book store, etc. When I tap in the middle of the screen, I get ...
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How do I go back to the previous page after tapping on a link in Apple Books?

I'm in the Books app in iOS. I tap on a link to a different part in the same book (maybe to a reference in the back of book, maybe this was an accident). How do I figure out where in the book I was ...
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Looking for solution for bulk conversion of an epub packages to regular epubs [duplicate]

I need a functional solution for bulk conversion of more than 2000 epub packages to regular epubs. I've been uploading books to the Books app on my mac to sort by author, as I have a lot of them, and ...
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iBooks library is suddenly empty

I have been trying to copy annotated books from iBooks to my computer. This has been unsuccessful. However, in the process I somehow lost my all my books! I think (hope!) they are not actually lost, ...
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Copy a book with highlights from iPad to computer

I read PDFs on my iPad so that I can easily highlight them. However, I am unable to find out how to easily copy that PDFs (with the highlights) back to my computer. Please note that I am new to Apple ...
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All books download on iPhone but also sync reading position and bookmarks?

I'd like to store all my books locally on my iPhone, but also continue to sync my reading progress and bookmarks across devices. How to achieve this?
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How to manage collections in Apple Books app?

Apple Books is not scriptable, the app is mixing bought Apple Books and PDF uploaded but they are managed differently, and they have now zapped category information and some field editing capabilities....
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books.app interface - chapters question

It seems to me that there are some glaring oversights in the design of the books.app application for OSX and iPhone. I'm curious if anyone knows of a workaround, but my goal is to have the chapters ...
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How can I copy text from Books.app in 2023?

On macOS Monterey in Books.app, how can I copy some text from a book directly? If I select Letter of Marque spike loot. Haul wind man-of-war holystone ahoy bounty flogging Jack Tar heave to execution ...
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How do I download the iPhone User Guide as a standard file to a non-Apple computer?

I just bought a used iPhone 8, my first Apple product. There is an iPhone User Guide from Apple. My normal practice with user manuals in electronic form is to download them in a standard, widely ...
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Transferring Audiobooks to another Macintosh

I don’t think anyone would accuse Apple of making things too obvious. I have an iMac which I am retiring. My new machine is a Mac Mini. I have a number of audiobooks which come from a third party. ...
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How to download books from Apple books?

Is there any way we can download the EPUB's and PDF's we'd uploaded to Apple books? Certainly hope it's not locked into the Apple ecosystem. Trying to download the pdf for use with logseq but couldn't ...
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Slow Apple Books after Monterey upgrade

After upgrading to Monterey from Big Sur on MacBook Pro (Intel chip), the Books app is very slow and consumes> 100% CPU. The page flips take 5-7 seconds (the spinner wheel also appears), and adding ...
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Synronize bookmarks in Books apps

I added a PDF and an ePub to my Books collection on my Mac; they was synchronized between my iPhone and iPad. I added bookmarks to the PDF on my iPad and noticed that they were synchronized with my ...
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Sharing website in Books (= printing as pdf) does not work anymore in Safari, crashing the website. How to save a pdf of the website to Books?

On my iPhone 7, roughly till 2021, I used to print Safari websites that I wanted to save as a whole pdf by just sharing it with Books. I stopped doing so after switching to another browser, but now, I ...
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How does the Mysterious Books folder work?

There is a magic folder which has all of my books which were manually added (not from the store). Moving books into this folder gets them on to my Books app on the iPad and the Mac. The location is ~/...
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How do I sort my I books by how recently they were added?

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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Download a purchased audiobook in Books as a local audio file?

I've purchased an audiobook in Apple's Books app on MacOS. I noticed it says "download" but apparently that just means downloading within the Books app, so I can listen there. However I'd ...
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Apple Books - Add chapter and page number to the Excerpt from when copying the quote

I copy and paste the content from the Apple Books to my notes from time to time. I would like to better document the reference. Now when I copy and paste the content, the critique looks like the ...
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How to find out what time and date an iBook was finished?

I finished reading an iBook last night on the Mac (or possibly could have used the iPad too), and marked it "Finished" when I flipped the book beyond the last page of the book and tapped ...
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mac Books.app copy text from a epub book, the content is truncated as ellipsis

when I copy text from books, seems there is size limitation, the copy is truncated, please see an example: “on this earth I’m going to live. Why be only half alive? Every minute a person spends ...
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Sync iBooks highlights, bookmarks, etc., without uploading epubs to iCloud Drive

In the past, it was possible to sync (i)Books bookmarks, highlights, etc., through the cloud, without turning on iCloud Drive for the Books app, or uploading personal epubs (not purchased from Apple) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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