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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Speed reading on iPad

I want to speed read on I pad. I have Kindle app and iBooks installed. In order to do that I need to split the screen by two vertical lines so as per image. Is there any software I can use for ...
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Sorting iBooks PDFs and eBooks

I purchased an iPad mini 2 not too long ago with the intention of using it as an eReader for the various PDFs that I own. After uploading content to my iPad I tried to sort the content into different ...
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Editing and syncing a pdf file on Mac and iPad through iBooks

I'd like to work on a draft pdf file on both a Mac and an iPad and see the edits syncing invisibly in the background. I create a new directory mkdir ~/latex and save the following latex in ~/latex/...
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How to export Epubs from iPad to my Mac?

I have a bunch of books in iBooks in the ePub format from different sources. Some are iTunes, some Humble, LeanPub etc. I have notes and markings in there as well. I would like to export all of that ...
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iBooks Author imports ePub text very large

I have an inDesign file that I'm exporting as a fixed ePub. When I import it into iBooks Author using the blank template, the text is gigantic. For instance one text box is set to 389 pt. The text is ...
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How to export Calibre's library for Database Support?

I have used Calibre but I would like get more freedom in exporting it elsewhere for edits. I would like to do quality assurance of my books, papers and literature. Calibre does not communicate with ...
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Drawings on books purchased with iBooks

Say I buy a book using iBooks (OS X Yosemite on a MacBook Pro). Using iBooks, I can highlight text and add notes. What about drawing shapes? e.g. circles, squares, arrows, etc. If this is not ...
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Only move one page in double-page view | iBooks

I like reading books in double-page view in iBooks. But I always can only move two pages in this view, like in RL. Is there a way to only move one page, for example to compare images on different ...
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Cannot open PDF in iBooks on Mac

on MacI sync my PDF files normally between my Mac and my iPhone and iPad. Bookmarks and resume options are working between iOS devices for epubs. However, no PDF can be opened in iBooks on Mac — it ...
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How to copy pdf files to be view with iBooks on iPad using iTunes

So I found this location on my Mac: ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService/Data/Documents/iBooks/Books I then copy pdf files to that location. In iTunes, from the left column under Settings ...
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Books not appearing in iBooks on iPad

I have several books in my iBooks app on my iPad, but when I'm without wifi, ibooks doesn't even show the books are sitting in my library, why?
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Unexplained memory usage in iPad iBooks?

I have a 16GB Apple iPad 3(with Retina Display). Today, while checking up my available memory, I saw the iPad had about only 1GB left. After deleting major unused apps, I found out that iBooks was ...
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How to upload large mobi file to iPad/iPhone

I have a 63mb mobi format book. Normally I get mobi books to my iPad/iPhone via the email share setting in Calibre. However the size of the book is too big to do that. How else I do open up the mobi ...
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How to use automator to create a service which converts an ebook (using calibre commands)

I am trying to figure out a way to be able to right-click on an .epub file and convert it to a .mobi file. Currently (thanks to calibre command tools) I can to the following within the terminal ebook-...
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Software differences beetween iPad 2, iPad Air and iPad mini (iBooks)

I need to buy an iPad to see how EPUB files are displayed in iBooks app. It is very important to me whether iPad 2, iPad Air and iPad mini (both generations) work exactly the same when it comes to ...
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How do I get my purchased books in Mavericks iBooks?

With the new iBooks for Mac I get all my books that I didn't buy in the iTunes store. But all books I did buy on the iTunes store, I don't get! When I go to the preferences and tell iBooks to sync ...
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iTunes wants to delete my books

I have just lost my laptop, the one that I use to sync all my books. My iBook size is 2.5g an my iCloud account can support 15g. I tried to backup my iBooks. It shows only 750mb in the backup. When I ...
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iBooks does not read modified epubs

I recently modified several epubs. I just turned "..." ellipses into the "…" type. Calibre has no problem with the modified epubs, and Sigil validates them. They can be imported to iTunes, only the ...
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iBooks storing books in iFile not with original file names but renamed to 16 length Hex character

I store many books epub and pdf through direct downloads on my ipad into iBooks as well as copying over from iTunes. My problem is that when I view the books what I get a 16 char hex string instead of ...
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How do I redeem an iBooks free coupon?

I remember a message after installing the iBooks app on my iPad telling me that I would have one free book to download. I never used it but now I am interested and wonder if this coupon is still ...
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iTunes Books lists

I have little space on the iPad and I need to do the following: On work days: sync a books collection that relates to work On off-word days: sync a books collection that is "just for me" Short of ...
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Impossible to sort iBooks PDFs in Bookshelf view?

I can drag and drop all day long, but it won't let me so much as touch the data source. Whether I'm dragging cover art around on the Bookshelf or moving rows in the List view's table, there is a major ...
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Problem syncing book downloaded using iBooks

Using iTunes I tried to sync my iPad with my PC after downloading an epub book using iBooks on my iPad. However I get an error stating that my PC is not authorized to sync the book to my iPad and ...
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How do I publish a book in the iBook store for both the UK and the USA?

my one friend from UK want to publish a book for UK and USA ibook store I found this page http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-providers/book-faq.html it has all the info but there is a section ...
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How to read an epub file aloud in a language differing from the default iPhone language

I am running iOS 13.5 on an iPhone SE. In Preferences -> General -> Language & Region the iPhone Language is set to “German” but the Preferred Language Order is set to “1. English 2. German”. In ...
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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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Books collections Names are syncing between devices but not the books inside

Btw I have enabled syncing in both my iPad and MacBook preferences and I also enabled on icloud. Is there is any solution for this? macOS: Catalina 10.15.3 iPad OS: 13.3.1
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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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How come Quick Action for Books does not trigger “Get Contents of Clipboard”?

I would like to not have Books insert "Excerpt from ..." for every text that I copy, so I was reading this thread and followed this specific post's advice. I have my Quick Action that looks like this (...
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Upload Audiobook Files to iCloud in Catalina Books

I've just upgraded to Mac OS Catalina and would like to use the new Books app to upload by audiobooks to iCloud and have them shared across devices. In the help it states: "If you have imported books,...
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Imported audiobooks in Apple Books are not grouped

I have a series of .mp3 files that are chapters from an audiobook. When I import them into Apple Books, it does not group them as I see with audiobooks I purchased from Apple's Book Store, so my ...
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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 open a file from Books in a different program than Preview?

I'd like to have my PDF files, which are stored in the Books app, to open in a different program than Preview. To achieve this, I tried to go to /Library/Mobile\ Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

As a quick Google search will reveal, Catalina has messed up audiobook management big time. It is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When I try to share my notes from Apple Books, the share menu is empty

This is what I get. Perhaps it's caused by the latest update? I am on iPhone 6, iOS 12. And my iCloud sync for Books is disabled.
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Can't transfer PDFs & eBooks from iMac to iPad 3 on iOS 6

I see there are loads of questions on this general theme, but I couldn't find one that was precisely . my situation. If I just missed it, someone please point me to it. I have an iMac running Sierra ...

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