How to Sync iBooks Between All Apple Devices (iOS 7 and Mavericks)

Amazon got there first, yes, but Apple managed to nail it right with iBooks. Amidst some new email correspondences between Jobs and News Corp (that controls HarperCollins), we learn that Apple was specifically intent on making iBooks a revolutionary product not just for iOS but for the whole of eBook publishing industry.

So by now, you’re probably having a sizable collection of iBooks which you read. Or may be you’re just starting out with iBooks and your collection is growing with all the new books you found on the iBooks store.

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How to Sync iBooks to iOS Devices

One of the coolest features of iBooks is that you can read something on your iPhone and then pick it up from where you left on the iPad and Mac. The sync feature of iBooks – which is usually enabled by default – works flawlessly. But then, there are cases and instances where iBooks doesn’t sync. It just doesn’t work. So how do you fix that?

Here’s the basic stuff to make sure iBooks syncs between iPad and iPhone:

  1. iBooks syncs via your Apple ID used in the App Store/iBooks store. It has no relation to iCloud so no matter what your iCloud sync is set up to, iBooks doesn’t play a part in it. So in order to make sure your iBooks are synced across all your iOS devices, you need to first make sure your iBooks account on iDevices has the same Apple ID logged in.
  2. You might have to make sure iBooks sync is enabled. Since the options aren’t available in iCloud settings, you have to go to: Settings -> iBooksSync iBooks to iOS Devices
  3. Make sure that Sync Bookmarks and Sync Collections are turned ON.

With these settings, your iBooks should now sync. If in case it still doesn’t, reboot your iOS device where the sync isn’t working.

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Alternatively, if for some reason iBooks still doesn’t sync, you might have to resort to iTunes. In this method:

  • Connect your iDevice (where the iBook collection is downloaded) to iTunes.
  • Sync the device with Books enabled for sync. This will get the book collections up on iTunes.
  • Now, disconnect this iDevice and connect the one where you need the book collections. Sync again and the books should be transferred to the new iDevice.

Sync iBooks on Mac (Mavericks)

By default, the iBooks app on Mac is set to sync with iTunes and all your iOS devices. Every change that happens on any of your iOS device is reflected to Mac. But just in case you want to fix issues or sync:

  • Open the iBooks app on Mac
  • Go to Preferences (from the menu) and click on General tab
  • Make sure Sync bookmarks, highlights and collections is checked.

Sync iBooks on Mac with iTunes
In case you have a collection of pdfs and epubs downloaded from other sources (not the iBooks store), you might have to do one more thing:

  • Open the iBooks app on Mac
  • Click on File
  • Now, click Move Books from iTunes…

Move Books from iTunesThat should put all your iBooks into a separate library within the app.

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