How to Export iBooks from iPhone/iPad to Mac/Windows

Importing iBooks from PC to iPhone/iPad is easy through iTunes. It’s a no-brainer because all you do is drag and drop books from PC to the iBooks file manager in iTunes when your iDevice is connected.

But many times, I download books directly on my iPad or iPhone and read them on it. How do I export these files from iBooks on the device to PC? The PC to iBook import is as easy as a cinch but exporting takes a little more effort.

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To export a file from within the depths of iBooks app, you need a file explorer. Like music, Apple does some encryption to the file names and stores them inside the Books folder. Only iBooks and iTunes can read them correctly and display the data.

Interestingly, with Mavericks OS X, Apple wants to get rid of this export trouble by letting you read iBooks on your Mac. For the rest of us who aren’t going to be using Mavericks,

Here’s How to Export iBooks from iPhone or iPad to your Computer

Step #1. Get a file explorer. Usually, iExplorer should do just fine.

Step #2. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer and fire up iExplorer.

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Step #3. Open your iPhone/iPad as a mounted device and navigate to: Media → Books → Purchases.

The funniest thing is that you won’t be able to decipher what file corresponds to what book from your library because, like music, the file names are encrypted. Nevertheless, you can copy stuff now.

This folder method gives you access to all files including .epub, .pdf and all types you have purchased. You might want to check out epub to pdf converters to make a readable copy of the epub iBooks you’ve got.

Transfer Purchases

There was some suggestion about transferring your iPhone/iPad purchases via iTunes so you get the iBooks on your computer. The problem is, you still can’t open them on your PC like you’d open a normal pdf file. That’s why no normal method works to export pdf from iBooks to PC.

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The software mentioned above has both Mac and Windows versions. Go right here to download iExplorer.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


  1. Hi, Jignesh! There are folders with the .epub extension in their names, but I can’t find the actual .epub files…

    • Hi Aulo. Unfortunately, you don’t get .epub files from within the
      folders. You can see them as individual .html files within another
      folder inside the .epub folders. Inside the .epub folder, you should see
      two folders and a few other files. One of the folders is META-INF. Skip
      that and open the other folder.

  2. To export iBooks from iPhone/iPad to Computer is not too hard, you can get help from a third part software called Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod to help you.

  3. Ok, and recompiling epub folders back to single files is extremely easy: you need to select a folder, ZIP archive it, and change the file extention manually from ‘.zip’ to ‘.epub’.

  4. You will need a jailbroken iDevise. Just down load and install PDF Printer from Cydia (it’s in the Big Boss repo). Then, in the iBooks app, open PDF file you wish to transfer. Then chose the email/print icon. Once the Print Options box appears, chose the PDF icon to the top right of dialog box. Once the file “prints” open it in the app you want a copy kept in, such as PDF Expert. Pretty simple workaround! You will have a duplicate copy in iBooks… If you want to, you can delete the iBook version since a complete copy in now in your preferred PDF reader/editer app.

  5. You can use iCloud or FonePaw iOS Transfer. With iCloud, you just need to tap Settings > iCloud > Backup and tap Back Up Now. In iOS 7, tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and tap Back Up Now. Then you can log into your iCloud account on Mac or computer and download them. With the help of FonePaw iOS Transfer, you just need to connect you iPhone to the computer and then transfer the iBooks to the computer with a few click.

    • It is not hard to export ibooks from iPhone or iPad to PC,but the point is how you can view iBooks on computer. Actually, you
      need to free from the restriction of the DRM before you begin reading. If you believe it is hard, you can try some free good tools like Apowersoft Free Online iPhone/iPad/iPod Transfer

    • In my view, there are many more convenient ways than iCloud, For example, Apowersoft Phone Manager, which is easy for you to export iBooks to PC. However, if you want to successfully read ibooks on PC, you need to use iTunes to free from the restrictions of DRM protection:
      1. open iTunes and hit “Books” menu on the left panel.
      2. click “Add To” and you will see the books on your iDevices.
      3. Right click the chosen ebooks and select menu “Show In Windows Explorer” and the books will pop up in a new window.

      • Such a “Add to” is not seen. I am using iTunes 2.3 for Windows 7. But when I clicked books, I see the books name listed. But when I right click, I don’t see “Show in Windows Explorer” in the pop up in my PC.


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