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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How to fix poor font rendering in Mac iBooks?

The font rendering in iBooks (version 1.0.1) on my Mac (Mavericks 10.9.1) is outright horrible. The text is jagged and rough looking. I've tried changing the font but that doesn't help, it still looks ...
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Which iCloud account does iBooks use to sync?

Does the new iBooks app for OS X Mavericks sync notes, bookmarks, read position, etc. using one's iCloud account, or one's iTunes Store account? In other words, if two people use separate Apple IDs ...
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Get an iBook from the hard copy

Is there a way to get a digital copy of a book I have in hard copy? Some DVDs now come with a digital download, is there a similar service for books? Note: most of my hard copies are bought on ...
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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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How to sync an iBooks collection created on my iPad?

I recently created a few collections in iBooks on my iPad. When I synced my iPad with my Mac, none of the collections that I created in iBooks on my iPad are visible on in iBooks on my Mac. How do I ...
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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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How do you delete a book on iBooks [duplicate]

My brother downloaded some books on my iBooks account and I want it permanently off my purchased and all books thing. I have iOS 8.1.2 so none of the answers in the previous question.
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Should I have two iBooks apps for iOS and Mac?

I have iBooks 3.2 on iTunes (and my iPad) and iBooks 1.0.1 on my Mac (OS X 10.9.2) in the Dock. Do you have one iBooks app 1.0.1 for computer and iBooks app 3.2 for iTunes and iOS devices?
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iBooks margin is a waste of screen space

On my 7.9" iPad Mini Retina, I'd like to use the full screen to shown content. Currently, the iBooks app simply wastes too much screen space on left/right margins. Is there an alternative for reading ...
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What methods exist for reading out content to hear correct pronunciation?

I would like to be able to have selected content from ebooks and webpages read out to me so that I may hear the correct pronunciation of words and sentences. What accessibility options exist to help ...
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Accessing a PDF stored in iBooks (on a jailbroken device)

On a jailbroken iPad, I was looking for a way to access a particular PDF from iBooks. The files reside in /var/mobile/Media/Books, so basically I was looking for a way to find the random filename of a ...
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Prevent “Sleep / Stand by” in iBooks

Does anyone know how to prevent the iPad from going to sleep / stand by when in the iBooks app? I'm using the iPad as a music stand with my charts, but while I'm playing the song, the screen goes ...
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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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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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All content inside iBooks disappeared

Title is self-explenatory. I really didn't do anything special, all epubs, PDFs etc are gone. I restarted the computer, same result. I have only used it from my MacBook, no iPhone, iPad or anything ...
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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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iPhone: How to ensure iBook files are stored locally

There was a bug in iBooks. When file storage capacity is low, iOS deletes some iBooks files. The bug was that it deleted many files even if storage capacity was ok. And I lost a bunch of PDF stored ...
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booting an iBook from a live linux usb drive

I have a live usb image that seems to run on my lenovo thinkpad that I'd like to get to work on an old iBook (Model A1007). Things I have tried so far 1) Just turning the computer on with the usb in ...
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A book in iBooks won't finish deleting.

When tidying my downloaded iBooks (not all from the Apple Store)my iPad got stuck trying to remove a download. I now cannot purchase any more books because my iPad won't complete the deleting process. ...
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How to have both Swift 2 and Swift 3 books in iBooks library

I'm a professional software developer who is still supporting clients using Swift 2. However, I'd like to be getting up to speed on Swift 3 since clearly it is the wave of the future. My copy of ...
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how to get iBooks on Iphone4

I want to use iBooks to read the pdf I have synchronized on my old Iphone 4 (iOS7). I can't install it from the appstore on my phone because the latest version of iBooks require iOS 10. It says "This ...
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Add PDFs to iBooks, without making a copy to com.apple.BKAgentService folder

TL;DR: How do I get rid of duplicate PDF files between the com.apple.BKAgentService iBooks folder and their original location? My SSD is running out of space, so I'm doing some cleanup. A point that ...
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Finding eBooks (.epub) via content on my Mac

I have a lot of eBooks on my Mac. But whereas I can find any PDF on my Mac by searching their content, this doesn't work with Spotlight when applied to .epub files. (The only clumsy way of doing this ...
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ITunes resets syncing of books to “Selected books” instead of “All books”

I have both an iPad and an iPhone, and I sync them both with the same computer. I read a lot of ebooks, and I keep them in iBooks, so that I can switch between all my devices. (I also have a number of ...
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Prevent users from deleting iBooks from iPad

I will be preparing some iBook files to use on an exhibit in a museum, and I am afraid that visitors accidentally (or not) delete the book from the iBooks app. I looked at the Restriction Settings, ...
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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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Create categories with iBooks (Mavericks)

I need to regroup PDF which I have created into categories and to put them on my iPad. With mountain lion I used Calibre to create the categories and iTunes to put the PDF on my iPad as books. After ...
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Book manager - Mac + iPad

I've been an Apple user for some years, but I never managed to find a good book manager. As by now, I use a quite uncomfortable routine in order to read books (I should mention that most of the books ...
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Are there non-English books in the iBookstore?

All I'm seeing in the iBookstore are titles in English. Are there any non-English (specifically Russian) public-domain books in the iBookstore?
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Can the “new book” tag be restored in iBooks (iOS)

I'm wondering if is possible to restore the "new book" tag that you can see on the top right corner of the new books uploaded or bought within iBooks (iOS) (visible on the following image) My use ...
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Efficiently organize 100s of externally stored ebooks within iBooks for iPad without doing it manually in collections?

I have hundreds of ebooks stored on an external drive of mine. I don't want them on my MacBook Pro because I don't want them taking up space due to the fact that I don't read ebooks on my Mac. I just ...
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how to rename a pdf in ibooks on ipod

I just downloaded 40+ chapters of a medical reference book onto my ipod touch. They were not available to download as a whole book so I had to download them one at a time. I put them all in a folder ...
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How to copy books from iPad iBooks to PC?

I have some books in iBooks on iPad 2 (iOS 5) that were manually transfered to iPad via iTunes (without syncing). How can I copy back a book to my PC, from iPad?
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How can I switch between the Japanese and English dictionaries on iBooks?

For whatever reason, my iBooks dictionary is stuck in Japanese. Even when I read English books, defining a word always causes the app to use the Japanese dictionary. My iPod's language is English, so ...
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Can I share iBooks with another device that is authorized for the purchasing account?

Is there a way to share iBooks with a device without connecting it to the machine running iTunes with the purchasing account? I know that it is possible to download iBooks to a device that uses a ...
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Why is iBooks.app taking 650 MB memory on macOS 10.14.5?

I have books of around 110 MB but I haven't used the app very much recently. I tried opening and quitting the app. And quit the process from activity monitor too. It didn't stop. Then, I had force ...
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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 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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How do I dock Table of Contents in Books on macOS Mojave?

I am on macOS Mojave 10.14.2 and using Books Version 1.16(1636.1). When I am reading a book, the table of contents can be only shown on demand and in auto-hide mode. Is there a way to dock it?
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Using dates for page numbers in iBook Author?

Is there a way (XSL?) to use iBooks Author (or to edit the underlying HTML) so that the page numbers are dates? The value (for me) is an easy to navigate calendar with documents as separate pages ...
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Can I gift an ibook to multiple recipients as a conference giveaway?

I would like to gift a book listed on ibooks as a giveaway for 175 people at a European conference. Attendees all have iphones/ipads but are based across various European countries. I have all their ...
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Interactive text in iBooks

I'm creating an interactive workbook in iBooks and need a way for students to answer questions on each page. Is this possible using iBooks? If so, how do I create fillable boxes? Many thanks!
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Is there anyway to standardize page length in iBooks?

I've been using iBooks lately to read a book, and I'd like to be able to set a page goal for myself, like I want to read 20 pages per day. However, since page sizes differ between iPhone, Mac full ...
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deleting books from ibooks

I've deleted several books from ibooks but each time I open the app, those books are there and I have to delete them again. I've gone through this process probably 10 times.
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How do I stop or at least partly reduce the number of times I need to type in my Apple password

I use iBooks, the app store, Apple Music and iTunes on my mac and iphone. Apple asks me for my password at least twice a week on each device. Does it anyone know how to prevent this? Scenarios: + ...
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iBooks not responding when opening book

Just recently, an iBook I've been reading for a long time made iBooks not respond when I double clicked it to open. I've tried navigating to it several different ways, but it doesn't work. For some ...
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iTunes Store is unavailable

Recently I am downloading movies from iTunes Store and books from iBooks Store. But one annoying thing that I've ran into these days are The Movie/iBooks store is unavailable. This is happening for a ...
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iBooks Migrate Mavericks to El Capitain

I have a huge library of books in iBooks which are categorised by "collections". I'm migrating from an old MacBook with OS X 10.9, Mavericks, to new MacBook with OS X 10.11, El Capitan. I've found ...
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iBooks on El Capitan

I have a large number of items in iBooks. Some are ePub, and there are lots of work related PDFs. In total, I have around 20k documents that I want to sync to my iPad to carry around as a convenient ...