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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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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iBooks or Books Folder from iCloud

Apologies but I don't have enough reputation points to post into the original thread The answer to seeing/getting to the iCloud Books folder is here What is not clear is if you edit in this folder - ...
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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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Saving quotes from iBooks into Evernote

I often want to save certain passages from iPad Books into EverNote. Is there a way to copy a text from Books and paste into into EverNote without having to open EverNote, create a “New Note” and then ...
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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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iPadOS 14.3 Safari: in many pages appears book description instead of the actual page

When I navigate to many book sites, the site start loading, but when the page loads, another page with a book description appears and I can't exit it! How can I fix that? On my iPhone this doesn't ...
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Books App: avoid ellipsis on highlights

Is there a way to see full long highlights instead the ellipsis? It's very annoying to be obligated to go to the book for a specific highlight and then have go all the way back to the notes feature ...
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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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Keep a book/ audiobook on iphone but delete on Mac

I use Books app on Mac to sync my audiobooks between Mac and iPhone. If I delete a book on Books app on Mac that gets deleted on iPhone as well when I sync it the next time. How to delete the book on ...
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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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iPad Books damaged PDF file

My book was working fine. I annotated it and had notes in it. One time I was using split view and when I was done, the file would no longer open in Books. I sent it to my mac but it wouldn't open ...
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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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Using the system voice for TTS in the Books app

I'd like to have my ebooks read to me using TTS. I can do this by clicking the "Start speaking" menu option in the Books app, however, the voice is atrocious compared to the high quality ...
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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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Are highlights broken in iPadOS 14 Books?

According to the iPad user guide, you can find highlights you’ve made in a book by going to the outline menu and selecting Notes. After installing iOS 14, I don’t see Notes for a book in which I’ve ...
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ipad ios14 books “vertical scroll” messes up bookmarks

I'm using ipad air 2 and reading a pdf (~500 pages) on ibooks. When I turn on "vertical scroll", it messes up bookmarks. In particular when I click a bookmarked page, it takes me to a random ...
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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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Can I stop MacOS from clearing uploaded books from my local machine

Periodically books that I've manually added to the books app get removed from my local machine. I do not have optimize storage space turned on. I’m on macOS Mojave 10.15.6 Is there a way to ensure ...
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Remote inspection for iOS Books

I can inspect an ePub book in Books on Mac using Safari’s web inspector. I can also inspect a web page in iOS Safari when the phone is plugged in to my mac using desktop Safari’s web inspector. What I ...
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What apps require cellular data turned on so that (i)Books can open a book already added to my library?

The other night I had finished a book I'd been reading and still had an hour to kill. I went to the next in the series which had already been added to the library. It would not open. I realize that ...
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Permanently Delete a Book from across all devices?

I've added books to my iPad book app via the "Open in books" option while viewing a PDF. To be clear, these are not "books" bought on the Apple Store, they are PDFs which may or ...
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How to sync AudioBook from mac to ios via Finder without backup step?

I'm in macOS Catalina with iPhone iOS13. I want to transfer my audiobook from my mac to iPhone. How do I sync AudioBook from mac to ios via Finder without backup step? My mac storage is full so I don'...
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I cannot export highlights from Apple Book on iOS13

I try to export highlights from a book purchased in Apple Book but when I select all my highlights, the “Share” button is still gray (so it cannot be clickable). When I try with other ePub file this ...
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how to get Books.app to save audiobook progress

How can I get Books.app to "Remember Playback Position?" Since upgrading to Catalina Books.app has taken over my audibook library. The problem is that it doesn't save my spot between ...
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iOS/iPadOS e-book reading app with *multiple* *custom* dictionaries

I have lots of e-books. I read them both on my iPhone and on my Linux laptop. So far, on my iPhone, I just use the built-in Books app. The problem is that it has a very limited selection of ...
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Locating the iBooks folder in iCloud Drive (on Windows)

I need to get the iBooks that are saved in iCloud Drive, using Windows, in a folder path and / or command line solution. This is a spin-off from Locating the iBooks folder in iCloud Drive which only ...
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iBooks is broken in root account

Due to permission issues, I'm using root account on macOS High Sierra. However, a number of things don't work, and one example of such is that iBooks is broken. Upon launch, the following dialog is ...
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How to automatically transfer all ebooks from iphone to iPad

I am using my iPhone to download and or purchase ebooks (sometimes pdf sometimes ePub). Those are not all purchased from apple. I would like to know how to transfer them automatically From my iPhone ...
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Problems with Books sync between iPad and iMac

Ever since macOS changed how it syncs with iPadOS I have found operations unsatisfactory and I wonder if there is any solution. I have a number of books which I read in Books on the iMac 10.15.3, ...
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Highlighting a eBook on one Mac not showing up in another Mac?

I highlighted one of my eBooks purchased on the Apple Books store on my work Macbook Pro, and then waited and closed the app. Rebooted the computer, opened the app and closed the app. By now the ...
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Page difference is books on my mac

Let's say book A on hardcover is 800 pages. After downloading it online, the page count is a lot more. Is this normal?
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Finder is not finding my books on the mac

I am trying to sync my books from my mac to my iPAD but the finder is not showing my books so nothing is synced. Even PDF files are not showing in the finder. I am using MacOS 10.15.3
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Where does iBooks store current position within a book?

To be specific, I am speaking about epubs that I manually added to ibooks, not ones from the store. For an example, I download and import an epub, I read a few pages, I delete it. Some months later I ...
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How to Sync Books from Mac on Catalina

I upgraded to macOS 10.15.3 and am having trouble syncing books from my Mac to iPad. In the documentation I only see reference to iCloud. This would not be satisfactory to me. Is there a way to ...
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Enlarge font in a book (ibooks, iOS)

I purchased a book through iBooks that appears to be in a pdf format. The font is so tiny that it's hard to read even with a max zoom. What can I do do enlarge the font even more? I tried importing to ...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

In Catalina it is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS versions. I tried a third-party tag editor (kid3), successfully edited the audiobook ...

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