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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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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iphone: move (IN ONE GO!) ALL pdfs generated from Safari page prints (which I frequently pdf-export using iBooks) from iBooks to pc

I often save mobile Safari pages as ibooks which are then automatically saved (very quickly and well-formatted) as pdfs. On a website opened in Safari, you can choose the "send to"- button ...
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how to get Books.app to save audiobook progress

Since upgrading to Catalina Books.app has taken over my audibook library. The problem is that it doesn't save my spot between sessions. How do I get Books.app to save its progress through my own m4b ...
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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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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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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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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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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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On iPad's iBooks, is there a way to sync and download all ebooks purchased elsewhere?

I think on the iPad's iBooks, if we purchase an ebook, then in another iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, then that ebook is automatically downloaded into our bookshelf. However, what if it is a .epub or ....
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Books automatically deletes my books when offline, and when there is enough space on device

There is something strange going on with Books on iPad and iPhone. It keeps deleting some books locally, keeping them in the cloud. It's frustrating because it happens when I'm offline and I simply ...
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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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Locating the iBooks folder in iCloud Drive

I'm using iCloud drive to sync my e-books via the iBooks app. I noticed that the synced files show up in the All My Files view. I tried to find out their exact location, it seems to be iCloud Drive /...
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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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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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Don't want iBooks to always paste the “Excerpt From” of what I have copied

I read on iBooks, and some other resources and gather my notes in EverNote. When I copy a text from iBooks to keep it as a note in some other external application like EverNote, it keeps pasting the ...
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Is there a way to keep a copy of our highlighting in iBooks? (email it or print it)

In iBooks, we can see a list of our highlighting and added notes to an ebook, but when we email it, so as to keep a copy for ourselves, only the added notes that we wrote is emailed. The highlighting ...
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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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iOS: How do I transfer a mp3 from Google Drive to iBooks?

I have an mp3 audiobook on Google Drive that I want to listen to in iBooks on my iPhone. How can I transfer/copy/open that file from the Google Drive app on the iBooks app?
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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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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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Can I add or change the author of a PDF file in iBooks?

I had several PDF files in iTunes that I had added authors to. Then I upgraded to Mavericks and launched iBooks. It moved my books and PDFs from iTunes, but many of my PDFs now show the author as "...
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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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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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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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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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iBooks are not synchronized via iCloud between my Apple devices

I don't seem to be able to synchronize my iPad (2) and IPhone (5s) to access the iBooks documents saved across the devices. They are both updated to the latest iOS. I Have looked into all the ...
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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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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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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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Can't copy text from iBooks?

Using The Swift Programming Language 2.2 from iBooks, i can't seem to copy the text (many lines of code from inside the book) to then test. Does anybody know why this is happening? In the past I ...
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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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Is it possible to search for text in iBooks or the Kindle app?

Is it possible to search for text in iBooks or the Kindle app? I'm deciding whether to buy electronic copies of some of my reference books, but I would only be purchasing them for the ability to ...

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