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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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If add a file to books, do I need to keep the original file?

Suppose I have a pdf file (i.e. some file that is not purchased through books). If I add this file to Books, do I need to keep the original file, or does Books make a duplicate copy that it saves ...
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Enable vertical scrolling in the Books app in MacBook Pro

Is it possible to enable vertical scrolling in the Books app in MacBook instead of using the default horizontal scrolling? Since MacBooks do not have touch screen interface so it feels un-intuitive ...
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Is there any efficient way to make a shortcut to an Apple Book?

While you can make shortcuts, Home Screen shortcuts and ask Siri to do things like play a specific song or open a certain URL, I do not know of any ways to open a specific book. Is there any way to ...
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Downloaded ibooks get deleted when icloud sync is turned off, even under airplane mode

Recently, I had all my iBooks deleted from local storage as detailed in this question: Books automatically deletes my books when offline, and when there is enough space on device. I went through and ...
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Why do PDFs disappear from the Books app on iPadOS?

I have five magazine issues in PDF format in my Box account. I wished to keep them in my iPad’s Books library and read them there. So for each I did the following. Opened PDF in the Box app and ...
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How to listen to these downloaded BBC radio shows with Catalina?

For years I have been downloading radio shows from the BBC, tagging them as 'podcasts' and putting them into iTunes. With the Catalina update these files no longer seem to be listenable! The Podcasts ...
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Books doesn't have a 'Show in Finder'?

Books 2.2 on Catalina 10.5.2 There appears to be no more 'show in finder' option! How do I know where my books actually are on my hard drive?
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iTunes suddenly not syncing books, but they're still on my iPad

Devices in use: 2011 iMac running macOS Sierra and iTunes 12.8.2.3, iPad 3 (Retina) running iOS 6. It's been a month or two since I have needed to sync any books to my iPad, but today when I went to ...
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How can I stop iTunes sync from deleting my Books

I have been using Books on iPads for years (from the iPad2) but the synch process keeps changing. I am now using an iPad iPad 6 Wi-Fi 2018 running iOS 13.3.3 Originally I put the Books on my Mac, ...
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iBooks Apple ID sign in prompt accepts my password but fails and re-asks, repeatedly

I am on a new MacBook laptop running 10.14, and trying to sync my book library on iCloud to the Books app. When I open the Books app it asks me to sign in to Apple ID, and it accepts my password. But ...
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Why Books sometimes can not be opened since iOS 13.2?

I’m not able to open the Books app sometimes since iOS 13.2, and it is not fixed yet in iOS 13.2.3. Relaunching Books does not fix it. Restart iPhone can make it work for a while.
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Is there an API to Apple Books sync metadata?

Apple Books can sync books over iCloud. Is there an API I can use to access metadata on my books, such as title and bookmark locations. This question is a follow up to the unanswerable, How to sync ...
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Recover deleted notes on iBooks on iPad

My son accidentally deleted iBooks and he deleted the books and my notes. I was able to recover the books, but the notes are not there anymore. What can I do to recover my notes?
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How to import audiobook .mp3 to books in catalina

I am trying to figure out how can I import an mp3 audiobook file to the Books app on Catalina. Getting this error. Any help appreciated.
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How to export downloaded PDFs from iBooks on iOS to a computer?

My wife has an iPad Air 2 running iOS 12.4.1. She has saved many PDF files into iBooks over the years from various sources such as websites. Her iPad is dying, and she doesn't want to lose the PDFs. ...
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How to sync PDF bookmarks from MacOS Preview to iOS Apple Books?

Apple Books on MacOS opens PDF files in Preview. Preview can bookmark texts using CMD-D. When I open the same book with Apple Books on iOS the bookmarks are not transferred over. I have cloud sync to ...
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BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8

This error is shown in a dialog when you're trying to open a book. The dialog appears and you get a spinning HUD. "BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8" Today I solved the problem together with the ...
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Open book from command line

I can open books on the command line using: /Applications/Books.app/Contents/MacOS/Books but how do I open a specific book if I have the path to it?
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Books missing from iPad

Several years ago (2016) I purchased a number of ebooks (not from Apple). One sedandawk.epub I referred to occasionally, and wanted to lookup something. It was missing from My Books on my iPad ...
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What happened to my books in iPad update?

My books got uploaded to iCloud and then disappeared. Can't find my 1000+ PDFs and epubs anywhere. I turned on an off, syncing, but to no avail. I updated iOS to 13.3, and the Apple Books ...
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How to fix Books.app in Catalina [duplicate]

I recently updated to Catalina, and am now unable to open books (ePubs/PDFs alike) via Books. These books are there, I can drag them out to my Desktop or sync them to my iPad, but they do not open in ...
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Books Art Not Downloading from iCloud

My books are no longer downloading the art (book cover) from iCloud on my iPhone. They show up on my Mac. I noticed that the new books look different in the finder as well. Anyone one have any idea ...
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How to show newly added books in iBooks on iPad?

I use an iPad mini 4 as an ebook reader to read PDF books. I don't know if it's because of my stupidity or else, I feel iPad is many times harder to use as an e-reader than an android tablet, it has ...
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sync iBooks page currently reading between iPhone and MacBook

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) and an iPhone 7 (iOS 12.4.1). I downloaded an ebook from the internet, and started reading it on my MacBook. A few days later ...
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How to export Calibre books into Apple's Books.app?

How can I export Calibre books into the macOS Books.app? I mainly care about PDFs at this point, but of course it would be nice if other formats could also be exported into Books.app. I like that ...
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Any way (even if roundabout) of having access to other countries' Apple Books catalog?

My App Store account is Brazilian, and I find the Apple Books catalog to be very lacking, especially in native language editions. As an example, the single book by Kurt Vonnegut that's available in ...
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search iBooks for whole words

How can I match only whole words when searching in iBooks? (I don't want the search results to contain partial-word matches). I just did cmd-f inside of a book I'm reading in iBooks because I want to ...
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Audiobook chapters are out of order

I found an annoying bug in the Books iPhone app that shows audiobook chapter out of order. Here is a method I use to load audiobooks into my iPhone. I download an audiobook from the Internet into ...
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Apple Books on Mojave stuck

I launched Apple Books on my 2016 MacBook Pro (10.14.5) to continue reading some book I had started on my iPad Pro (where it was purchased). As expected the book was in the cloud so I double clicked ...
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Weird and Inconsistent Behaviour Syncing Books with iTunes

I have spent quite a bit of time debugging this, and still can't figure it out. While debugging, I ended up turning off the "Sync Books" option in iTunes. My iTunes sidebar, after clicking on the ...
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Does iOS 9.3.5 prohibit iBooks syncing via iCloud?

Is there anything that would prevent me from syncing iBooks with iCloud in iOS 9.3.5 on an iPad 2? I have a working iCloud account in good standing, with three devices connected: an iPhone SE (MP832B/...
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Unable to change author name in an ebook on iPad

I have a Mac computer where I downloaded an ePub and then changed the author on the Mac in the list view of iBooks. MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra iOS 12.3.1 for the iPad Then I dragged and dropped the ePub ...
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How do I download the free Swift Programming Language book (Swift 5 Edition) from the Apple Books Store?

I'm wondering how to download The Swift Programming Language Book (Swift 5 Edition) from the Apple Books Store? Easy using iPad or iPhone, but I'd really like to use the download on an alternate ...
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Why is iBooks.app taking 650 MB memory on macOS 10.14.5?

I am using macOS Mojave 10.14.5. Books.app shows 650 MB memory being used in Activity monitor even when it is not opened. I have books of around 110 MB but I haven't used the app very much recently. ...
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What is the current latest version of Apple's Books app for macOS?

In the Books app on my Mac, About Books reports the version as version 1.16. Is this the current latest version? I am running macOS 10.14. Wikipedia article for Apple Books mentions version 4.1 of ...
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My Books app in my ipad pro deletes/disappears my pdfs. I am on IOS 12.2 and it is was updated a couple weeks back without issue

What did happen is that I was reading one of the PDFs and the next time I opened it, the Book app was frozen. So, I shut off the ipad. When I turned it back on, I realized that I went from 130 PDFs ...
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Add Webster Dictionary to my iPad Pro

I am not a big fan of the Oxford dictionary. I am used to using the American Webster dictionary. I have an iPad Pro, and I am using Apple Books app. Under Settings app → General → Dictionary, I am ...
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Delete or Update Swift Book in iBooks

I had downloaded the Swift Book 4.0, it updated successfully on my iPhone but not on my Mac. It did not even open the book. I followed the solution here, after I deleted the folder, I opened iBooks ...
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Apple Books app and multiple desktops: How to stop app window to show on all desktops?

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 with Books.app version 1.18. I use multiple desktops. When I open the Books app on one desktop, and then switch to another desktop, the Books app window shows on ...
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Books deleting library after startup

Yesterday Books began deleting all books in my library except for a proof generated by Books author, and four books purchased from the Apple store. I replaced the directories ~/Library/Containers/com....
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Books.app not working, Generic icon

I updated to Mojave 10.14.4 last night and when I came back to work my Books.app has a generic icon and will not open. Executing the binary from terminal gives me the following Mar 28 14:01:11 MBP ...
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iPad Auto-delete deleted iBooks, now all my highlights are gone

iBooks iOS recently deleted iBooks for no reason, it's an app I use everyday. I clicked the restore button with the little cloud icon and it reinstalled immediately with every single book and pdf that ...
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Want to Read vs Wish List in iBooks?

In macOS iBooks I can add a book to "Wish List" while in iOS iBooks I can add a book to "Want to Read". Are these lists not related? Is there no way to see the on iOS books I expressed an interest in ...
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How do I stop Books from removing my local downloaded books? (iOS 12.1) [duplicate]

I have several books in my Reading Now collection in Books for iOS. After about a day, Books will delete my local copy. The file is available for redownload from iCloud, indicated by the cloud icon. ...
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How to buy English books in iOS Books app from Spain?

I would like to buy books in English in the Books app from Spain. I set phone location to USA and changed system language to English but still can't. Is there any workaround to do this? Would be ...
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How does iTunes know where the iBooks are?

I wanted two user accounts and the admin account on the MacBook Pre (2012) to have the same iTunes library (not family sharing nor the older sharing option). Changed the path in iTunes preferences, ...
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What is the best way I can take my book from iBooks and converted into a EPUB format [closed]

I would also like the ability to show my book through Kindle without having to start over with an EPUB format iBooks has a scroll widget that will make it difficult to convert I believe looking for ...
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Apple Books: Adding Series Name

I have been organising a few ePub books on Apple Books for MacOS. In list view, I can add a column to display the Series, but I can’t find any way of adding a series name to the individual book. Is ...
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Use iBooks as cloud backend with Amazon Kindle device

Is it possible to use the iBooks section of my iCloud account as the cloud backend to my book collection, while reading the eBooks themselves on my Amazon Kindle?
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Can't open some ePub books in Books.app on macOS Mojave

Two ePub books that I've bought won't open in Books.app in macOS Mojave 10.14. The books have social DRM (personal information added to the content of the book), and I don't think this should be a ...