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How to get a pdf in iBooks onto my iPhone?

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  • Tony Giordano Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to bluevoice)

    After upgrading to Mav. my books were moved. Now they reside in: Users --->MyUserName--->Library (invisible)-->Containers--->com.apple.BKAgentService--->Data--->Documents--->iB ooks--->Books.

     

    Since Library is invisible iBooks can't see it to add the book (PDF) from that folder.

     

    If I drag the book to iBooks a message comes up: "This book is already in your library (which it is not). Do you want to replace it with the one your adding?"

     

    I click Replace and that same message appears. If I click Replace again, the same message appears again and again until I hit Cancel.

     

    I've relaunched iBooks and the book never appears in iBooks or iTunes. The only way to get it to my iPhone is through DB and then go Open in iBooks.

  • bluevoice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 1:40 PM (in response to Tony Giordano)

    That seems to be a permissions problem. You could launch Disk Utility and repair permissons for your HD.

  • DarkStar Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 1:50 PM (in response to notdabod108)

    If your still having trouble seeing Pdf's it's becuase some pdfs wont sync since they aren't

    categorised?

    In iBooks on Mavericks once you import vie the Menu>File>Add to Library, you should see it in the

    PDF section under the Collections Tab.

    Click on Authors Tab and then ctrl-click the pdf you've added, you should see this:

    Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 21.30.08.png

    at first the Add to Collection will show None, but if you sellect New Collection or from Sellection

    then you'll be promted to Name it which will showup under PDF insidebar:

    Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 21.42.30.png

    It will no longer show up in PDFs but in all other gategories.

    This will now show in your iTunes under Books and do not forget to check it so that it will sync to your iOS.

    Don't forget to hit Apply in iTunes to sync the pdfs. 

    In iOS it will showup when you hit BOOKS tab and select from the given list in My case Yoga.

  • Tony Giordano Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 1:56 PM (in response to bluevoice)

    User library is invisible. Running DU is not going to change that, but I did it for the heck of it.

     

    Just as a test, I made an alias of the "Books" folder and put it under my user home folder. Then, through iBooks,  I attempted to add the book (PDF) and got the same error.

     

    Can I dump the iBooks pref's, move the Books folder and start from scratch?

  • bluevoice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 1:55 PM (in response to Tony Giordano)

    Not sure but you could delete all books and PDF's from your iBooks library. Just select them all and delete.

  • Tony Giordano Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 2:09 PM (in response to bluevoice)

    Where is your Books folder located?

  • bluevoice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to Tony Giordano)

    I meant deleting the books from the iBooks application. Just select them and delete them.

  • Tony Giordano Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Nov 1, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to bluevoice)

    "I meant deleting the books from the iBooks application. Just select them and delete them."

     

    I know, I was just curious where your Books folder is located since it's not behind an invisible folder.

  • Bill Trask Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2013 8:19 AM (in response to DarkStar)

    Hey, Darkstar... I have a similar question.

     

    I have a Desktop, Laptop, and iPhone.

    All are running Mavericks or iOS7 and iBooks.

     

    When using my Desktop, I have PDF's linked to my iPhone and they show up in iBooks when using my phone.

    However, when using my Laptop... PDF's do not show up...and are not sync'd to iBooks through my iCloud account even each device is set up to sync through iCloud.

     

    iBooks Help has nothing on syncing PDF's continuously to all devices using iCloud.

     

    Do you know if it is possible? and if so, How I might do that?

     

    Thanks,

    Bill

  • Bill Trask Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 5, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to Peter Bowden)

    Thanks Peter,

    When I think of iCloud, iOS7, Mavericks and syncing...

    I think of "connecting" all my workstations (Desktop, Laptop, iPhone) to "specific" files (in this case PDF's in iBooks) together using iCloud.

     

    If a simple task, like making iBooks connect to all devices, without a lot of work, (or in many cases computer knowledge)... then why all the "Buzz" about iCloud and it's ability to connect?

     

    I hope someone at Apple is watching the Forums... because this is just ONE example of how the iCloud system is not working as advertised.

     

    But thanks for you feedback... I can certainly take extra time to figure out how to get my PDF's on the devices I want to use them... BUT, I had hoped iCloud would make that EASY and that it would be done in the background, allowing me to use my time for other things.

    Bill

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