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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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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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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Open book from command line

I can open books on the command line using: /Applications/Books.app/Contents/MacOS/Books but how do I open a specific book if I have the path to it?
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How to fix Books.app in Catalina [duplicate]

I recently updated to Catalina, and am now unable to open books (ePubs/PDFs alike) via Books. These books are there, I can drag them out to my Desktop or sync them to my iPad, but they do not open in ...
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Unable to highlight top of pdfs in iBooks

Highlighting text in a pdf with iBooks is quite convenient unless I am trying to highlight some text at the top of the page. The toolbar then hide what I want to highlight. See the screenshots below ...
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How do I force iBooks to sync highlights?

My iBooks books are no longer syncing highlights between macOS and iOS. Highlights I've make on macOS are not appearing on iOS. How do I force this sync to occur?
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export notes within ebook to android?

switching from my iphone 5s to a samsung A6, I am wondering if there is any option to include my notes in my ebooks, transfer them to my android phone, continue to read on that phone and also still ...
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Export iBook collections from an iPad to PC

I have 1500 books, which are PDF and DRM-Free, organized in collections, and need to transfer them to a PC with the same organization. Is possible to export iBook collections from an iPad to PC?
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iBooks couldn't connect to the iBooks Store

I just set up a new iPad with a clean install and logged into iCloud and tapped 'Use iCloud' when starting iBooks. When I try to download a previously downloaded book from the 'My Books' tab in iBooks ...
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How to export books from Ibooks when using iCloud Drive

Aloha, I would like to turn off iCloud Drive. But I activated in iBooks iCloud Drive. Now I don't see any "official way" to export all MY books out of iCloud drive. The only way I currently found is ...
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ibooks aren't syncing across iPhone and iPad

I have downloaded ibooks from App store which sync without a problem I have also download ibooks from the internet, but for each device I have to manually download them and also I lose all my previous ...
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iBooks is synchronising with iPad but not with iPhone

iBooks is synchronising with iPad (mini2) but not with iPhone (5s). All devices have the same settings and updated to the last OS although with iPhone synchronisation is going only in one direction: ...
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iBooks disable page scroll animation

I want to disable page scroll animation in iBooks on my Mac when reading epub files. Because it slows down my reading speed and makes my eyes dizzy. I cannot endure the animation. PS. I'm happy to ...
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Change 'Open in iBooks' to something useful?

Older versions of Safari/iOS remembered the last used PDF viewer, or at least displayed my preferred one automatically e.g. at the top in the PDF preview of safari, 'Open in PDFExpert or so. With the ...
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Make the iBooks search useful

Is it possible to make the iBooks search useful? It seems to totally lack any way of forcing capitalisation or word boundaries. I would use Regular Expressions if necessary. By way of example I was ...
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How can I ensure that iBooks in my Library are up-to-date?

Like me you may have seen updates available for some of your iBooks, and that might have made you assume that when a book gets changed in the Store, it gets updated in your Library. This appears not ...
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“itmstransporter” permission error when publishing iBook

I've created a book using iBooks Author, sent it over to iTunes Producer, filled in all of the necessary details (price, availability, etc) and attempted to submit it. Once I submit it to Apple I see ...
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Why my iBook G4 superdrive spits out the Mac OS X Leopard Install Disk?

The SuperDrive of my late 2005 iBook G4 died, so I installed a new one. But now the new drive does not mount the Leopard Install Disk. But it mounts any other DVDs/CDs (music, movies). The disk mounts ...
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How to move from iTunes book library to iBooks app

On my last mac system I used iTunes for syncing some PDFs and other books to my ipad. Now on my new MBP with Mavericks and iTunes 11 there is no Books library anymore, but a new iBooks app. I started ...
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iBookstore and Kindle [duplicate]

I bought a book in the iBookstore to read on my iPad, but the iPad isn't that easy on my eyes. I recently bought a Kindle because my grandson said the e-ink would be better for reading. Is there a way ...
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problem searching for text with in a pdf in iBooks?

I have a very long pdf document in iBooks and it won't let me search for text in it. I click the search button, type what I want to search and nothing happens. This happens every time, no matter what ...
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How do I add hundreds of ebooks to ibooks collection?

I usually use Dropbox to get my epub files into iBooks. This works quite well when I only need to add one file at a time, but now I've received a collection of a few hundred epub files. I am really ...
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Is there a way to get iBooks to display the generic cover for my PDFs?

Most (all) of my PDF's I read on iBooks are actual novels or textbooks. Is there a way to force iBooks to use the generic book cover rather than the first page of the PDF document? I'm tired of trying ...
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What is the recommended (official) way to backup apple books (iBook) purchases?

What is the recommended way to make a backup of all the books I have purchased with Apple books (formerly known as iBooks), preferably using macOS? Or may there is even an official way recommended by ...
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After uninstalling iBooks, I can't sign in to iTunes any more

I am currently using El Capitan. Every time I uninstalled iBooks so I could manage my books with iTunes, I found I simply couldn't sign in to iTunes any more. That means I click the 'sign in' button ...
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PDFs missing from iBooks on iPad after restore

After a complete restore of my iPad 2 from iTunes, all my PDF books not from the iTunes Store were gone. I just saw them for seconds and then disappeared. How can I get them back?
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How to get the release version of Apple's “The Swift Programming Language” iBook

I have the prerelease version of Apple's "The Swift Programming Language" book. No matter what I try, Apple won't let me update it to the release version. Has anybody else encountered this problem, ...
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What is the best way I can take my book from iBooks and converted into a EPUB format [closed]

I would also like the ability to show my book through Kindle without having to start over with an EPUB format iBooks has a scroll widget that will make it difficult to convert I believe looking for ...
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Edit meta data of PDFs in iBooks.app?

I use iBooks to store longer PDF's like scientific papers etc., so I can easily read them on my iPad. But a lot of them do not have any meta data attached (like author) and/or have really bad file ...
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Get count of items in iBooks

Is there a way to see how many items are in the iBooks app? I have looked within the app and in Settings>General (where the song count is) to no avail. I would like help on both MacOS X and iOS 9.
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Knowing the format and the protection of a book in iBooks

I bought a book on the iBooks Store. Is there any way to know what format it is and what protection if any it has? (PDF/EPUB, type of DRM, etc.) I use an iPad 3 with iBooks version 3.2 (last update: ...
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iPad children's storybook with audio: is there a way to create a paid iBook AND free version?

I've been researching what it would take to create a children's storybook (including custom audio containing music and narration as well as moving imagery) and publish it on the iPad. I discovered ...
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How to avoid duplicating files that goes on an iPad?

I would like to upload PDF files on an iPad. After adding them to the iTunes Library (iTunes -> Files -> Add to Library), and syncing, they are uploaded on the iPad, but are also copied locally in ~/...
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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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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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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 sync PDF bookmarks from MacOS Preview to iOS Apple Books?

Apple Books on MacOS opens PDF files in Preview. Preview can bookmark texts using CMD-D. When I open the same book with Apple Books on iOS the bookmarks are not transferred over. I have cloud sync to ...
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BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8

This error is shown in a dialog when you're trying to open a book. The dialog appears and you get a spinning HUD. "BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8" Today I solved the problem together with the ...
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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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sync iBooks page currently reading between iPhone and MacBook

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) and an iPhone 7 (iOS 12.4.1). I downloaded an ebook from the internet, and started reading it on my MacBook. A few days later ...
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Apple Books on Mojave stuck

I launched Apple Books on my 2016 MacBook Pro (10.14.5) to continue reading some book I had started on my iPad Pro (where it was purchased). As expected the book was in the cloud so I double clicked ...
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How to set multiple-author metadata for an item in iBooks?

While I can edit books' author metadata in the list view, I can’t seem to be finding a way to set multiple authors for a single title. Is there any way to do this, so that I can have, let's say, two ...
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Adding non-Apple Store eBook to iPhone

I have a number of eBooks (ePub) either from free sources such as Gutenberg, or purchased elsewhere. I can open them easily enough on my iMac with eBooks, and I gather that they are in my library (...
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How can I read the previous edition of a book on iBooks?

I accidentally updated my "The Swift Programming Language" book to the Swift 4 edition from Swift 3.1. Can I revert back to 3.1?
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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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Delete book but keep it in iBook?

I have a lots of book in a folder but they are all in the iBooks app. Can I delete them if they are in ? I have tried with one book look like nothing happens but I want to be sure before I remove this ...
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Problems dowloading iphone-user-guide-for-ios-10

I recently upgraded my iPhone5, and want to download the iphone-user-guide-for-ios-10. I found in iTunes on my MacBook Pro running 10.12, and it shows "Downloading", but has been doing this for hours....
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How do I save iBooks pdf on iPhone to computer so I can delete them from iPhone?

My iPhone 6s+ is running out of memory. I have so many crochet patterns on my iBooks. How do I transfer those patterns to computer so i can delete them from my iPhone? When I first bought the computer ...

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