Questions tagged [books]

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On iPad's iBooks, how to make highlighting show up for PDF files?

It seems that on iPad, iBooks, Kindle, or Kobo won't show any user highlightings? For example, just go to https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/Cocoa/Conceptual/ObjectiveC/...
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How to use different accounts (of different countries) for iTunes and iBookstore on iPhone or iPad?

Simply stated, it is I bought quite a bit of Music and Movies from my native country (be it Hong Kong, France, Italy, etc). However, the iBookstore for that country has very few books on the ...
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PDF metadata editor for iOS

I have several PDF ebooks in my iBooks. Some of them have their titles & authors visible. Some only displayed as "untitled". Is there any PDF metadata editor for iPad?
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No iBook app on iPhone X; cannot find app in App Store

I deleted the iBook app from my iPhone X. To get the app back, I assumed I could fetch it from the App Store. But when I searched the store for the app, the only hits I see for apps are for Audible ...
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How to convert an epub package to regular epub?

I have some epub files in my iCloud Drive that are essentially packages. I can show package contents and then it shows me a hierarchy of files and folders. How can I convert this structure to a ...
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mp3s set as “Audiobook” have stopped showing up in iBooks

For a while now I've been importing mp3s, setting them as "Audiobook" and listening to them via iBooks, like normal. However, for some unknown reason a few weeks ago, this stopped happening: Even ...
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How to move my iBooks library from one mac to another?

I have a lot of books in my iBooks Library. They are not purchased from iBooks Store so it is impossible to do it automatically via iCloud. What should I do? Some backup? How? Maybe should I copy one ...
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Is Night Mode in iOS really sight-friendly?

I am pretty used right know to reading things on dark backgrounds and I feel that my eyes get less tired than with regular white backgrounds, especially while programming or basically any activity ...
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Are all eBooks in the iBookstore DRM protected?

A few weeks ago I bought a book in the iBookstore. The title of this book is "Der Aurora Effekt" (German). Then a few weeks later I bought the book "The Tributes of Panem" (German version). The ...
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Zooming in macOS iBooks

I am reading an .ibooks file which I downloaded from the iBooks Store in the macOS iBooks app. On iOS, to zoom in on the text you can simply double tap or use a pinch gesture. However, it doesn't seem ...
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Can I use iBooks on my MacBook Pro

I'd love to be able to use iBooks on my laptop. Is that possible? Maybe if I install Lion?
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What is the best way to backup epub and pdf books in iBooks?

If you are going to format your computer, and you are running OSX 10.10 or newer, what is the best way to backup epubs and pdfs that weren't purchased from the iTunes store? I have a lot of books, ...
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How can I remove a PDF in iTunes?

There are several PDF files which I imported into iTunes to read using iBooks. However, I cannot manage to remove them. By default, iTunes handles the its media library automatically. The PDFs and ...
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Can I read the synced iBooks books from iTunes as well?

I've noticed there is a new category in my iTunes (Books), with all the boocks I synced from the iPad. Can I read books in iTunes on my computer as well ? If not, there is some other way to read ...
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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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Moving iBooks library to an external drive [closed]

Is there any way to move the existing iBooks library on my MacBook (Mavericks) to an external drive and also ensure iBooks treats that as the new location for all future purposes? I am running out of ...
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How to sync position, bookmarks and notes over iCloud on ePub books

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, ...
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Reading PDFs on iPad without iTunes syncing

I am trying to read for an exam and I want to download exercises to my iPad. I have downloaded the exercises from here. I have no Mac laptop or desktop computer. I am tired of clicking every pdf one-...
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Why won't iTunes let me manually sync PDFs to iBooks?

I have my iPad set to manually manage content (i.e. drag and drop, not sync). I'm trying to add some PDFs to iBooks, but it refuses to let me copy them to my iPad. I can do this with epub books just ...
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How to use time machine to recover a deleted pdf in iBooks?

I just accidentally deleted a pdf in iBooks on my MacBook, and I'm trying to use time machine to recover it. I learnt from the following question that I can only get access to the folder storing all ...
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Can't email a certain PDF in iBooks

I am trying to move a PDF that I opened in iBooks on my iPad, to Dropbox, however whenever I try the share option it will only allow me to print the PDF and not email it. How can I get it out from ...
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How to backup ePubs and pdfs to iCloud

Is it even possible? I have hundreds of books in all these formats sitting in my iBooks library on my Mac. Now, I do notice that I can safely delete my iBooks (purchased off iBooks Store) from my ...
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How do I simplify transfer of Books to iPad [duplicate]

I upgraded to Maverics, and thought having iBooks on the Mac would be a good idea, so I could read epubs. My books are gone from iTunes, although the process of adding them to a Collection in iBooks ...
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Can iBooks be read without a data connection?

If I am out of my service area can I still read a book in iBooks on my iPhone? If not, is it possible to download part of the book and read it while I am out of the area?
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Is it possible to create a folder in iBooks?

I have iPad and iPod touch. Both I bought just for reading books in pdf format. If it is possible, I want to create some folders to separate the books based on categories I will define.
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How do I find out what my iBooks “authorized computers” are?

I saw a "Free" book on iBooks today and decided to download it. I've never used iBooks before. After it downloaded (and I entered my password), I clicked "Read", and iBooks said: Computer ...
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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 do delete permanently (not hide) some of my iBooks?

I have several iBooks that I have no interest in reading again. I want to delete them completely, but have only been successful in hiding them. I don't even want them in my iCloud storage now, but can'...
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How to open PDF files stored in iBooks on iPad in Adobe Reader

I have downloaded PDF files and saved them in iBooks on my iPad. I want to open some PDF files in Adobe Reader but there is no option to do so. I looked up on internet and it asks for a PC (which I ...
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Can I Reinstall iBooks?

So I accidently removed iBooks from my installation. Is it possible to reinstall that app again without reinstalling Mavericks? If so, how?
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Why doesn't iBooks save my place between the iPhone and iPad?

Background: I finally bought a fiction book to read on my iOS devices. It's Redshirts by John Scalzi. I bought it from Apple. It was supposed to be DRM-free but wasn't. So the author got Macmillan to ...
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iBooks automatically generating cover pages for PDFs?

I've loaded some lengthy PDFs onto my iPad in iBooks, and I've noticed that for only one of them, it's seemed to have created a beige cover page for the PDF thumbnail with what looks like the file ...
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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 ...
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How to recover a deleted book in iBooks?

I deleted accidentally a book that I was reading and it already automagically synced to my iPhone as well. It was a downloaded ePub. I added notes and bookmarks there. Now that's gone. Is there any ...
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iCloud Books: Failed to Load Book Because the Requested Resource is Missing

Since updating to iOS 9.3 and 10.11.4, I've decided to finally try and get my eBooks all fixed up and synced between my devices, since I swap between my iPhone and iPad often when reading. I'm using ...
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Moving from Stanza to another eBook reader on my iPad Air

For years, I've been reading ebooks on my antique iPhone 4, using Calibre to painlessly send ebooks to it. I have an iPad Air, and it just dawned on me (I guess I'm slow) that I oughtta be doing my ...
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Change user name

I had to change the admin user name of a new Macbook because his sons name kept showing up, Home Folder etc, So I used, 'sudo mv /Users/oldusername /Users/newusername' and Advanced Options in User ...
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PDF reader for iPad with both bookmarks and continuous scrolling, without long save and load times

I'm having trouble finding a good PDF reader for my iPad. Apple's own iBooks app allows adding bookmarks, but doesn't allow continuous scrolling for PDFs, only for EPUBs. This is annoying because most ...
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Specfic epubs downloaded outside the iBooks store not syncing on a particular mac

I have a handful of epubs I downloaded outside of the iBooks Store and read them across two different macs and an iPhone. For reasons I cannot explain some books’ data (highlights, notes, place in ...
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How to get Apples Human Interface Guidelines as pdf (latest version 2015)?

I have been trying to download Apple HIG in PDF, only thing I found was Apple HIG documentation which just gives me an ePub file for iBooks. Things I've (unsuccessfully) tried: share/export from ...
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How do you add a book to multiple iBook collections?

I'd like to organize my books into different collections and have a "completed" collection for books to be entered into upon their completion. The problem is that it seems iBooks will allow a book to ...
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How to add a shortcut to an individual iBook file to the iPad home screen?

I'm currently in the process of creating an iBook for use within my company. Some of the people who will be using it aren't particularly tech-savvy, so I want to make it as easy as possible for them ...
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Is there an easy way in Mavericks to share a PDF file directly from Safari into iBooks?

Safari loads and displays .PDF files nicely. iBooks is Apple's PDF reader app for sync'd and offline access. To move files currently, I have to: right-click in Safari to open the PDF in Preview; use ...
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iBooks: how to sync PDF only?

I use my iPad as PDF reader, so my iPad contains many PDFs which I'd like to sync. It should be the steps below: You need to login with correct Apple ID on every device you want to sync Plug in iPad/...
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iBooks on Mavericks Beachballs Whenever Text Styling Occurs

Whenever I want to change text styling in iBooks the app becomes unresponsive. I kill it in the terminal (killall iBooks), and then the system reports that CoreText.FontDownloadHelper has crashed. My ...
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ePub book not showing up in iBook bookshelf on first generation iPad

I purchased an expensive technical monograph (> $100 (US)) from the iTunes store for use on my 1st generation iPad. It downloaded correctly and I used it for several months with no problem. A little ...
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Managing giant eBook collection with iPad after iTunes update broke compatibility with Calibre?

In an effort to upgrade security, a recent iTunes update broke functionality to Calibre - my favorite eBook management tool. Now I am without a way to effectively manage my eBook collection in a ...
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How to prevent default pdf viewer from being changed to iBooks

Every so often the default viewer for PDF files gets changed to iBooks. I want PDF files to be opened with Preview, and I want that setting to persist. I know how to manually change the default back ...
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Unable to edit author/category for some books in iBook

I know metadata can be edited at the list view, like this: The thing is, for some files this works. However, for others, when I quit iBook, open it again, the author and category comes back again. ...
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How do I create a 'series' of iBooks not originally purchased as a series from the iBooks Store?

Is it possible to create a series of iBooks from epubs not donwloaded from the iBooks store? For example, I have all the series of "Game of Thrones" in epub format (not purchased from the iBooks ...

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