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Peter Bowden Level 1 (20 points)

I have successfully copied a pdf into iBooks on my Mac running Mavericks. I have enabled syncing in iBooks on both Mac and iPhone, but the pdf has not so far synced to my 'phone. I can't get it into iTunes, where books still sync to my 'phone. Please advise!

iPhone 5s, Other OS
  • Jennybelle Level 1 (25 points)


    Plug the phone in to sync. Go to the device Summery, then to Books and check what books or PDFs you want to have on your iPhone. All books are now in iBooks and not in iTunes. (Just as photos are in iPhoto) It took me a full day to figure that one out. Wish they had enlightened me about the change!

    Good Luck.


  • Peter Bowden Level 1 (20 points)

    The pdf I copied into iBooks on my Mac after updating to Mavericks does not appear in the Books tab when my iPhone is connected to the Mac. Other pdf files which were there before the upgrade to Mavericks are still available. It does not look like the Books tab mirrors iBooks content in the way that it mirrored books and pdfs previously in iTunes/Books. I am still trying to find a way around this. When the 'phone is connected, iBooks does not appear (unlike, say, Pages) in the Apps tab under Sharing, so pdfs cannot be added that way! In Settings/iBooks on the iPhone I chose Sync Collections, so far to no avail.

    P. Bowden

  • notdabod108 Level 1 (35 points)

    we really need a solution for this problem ASAP.

  • Peter Bowden Level 1 (20 points)

    Pdfs in iBooks on the 'phone pre-Mavericks was really useful. You could put Agendas, Lecture Notes, Manuals etc. there. Now the only way I have so far found to put them on my iPhone is to attach them to an e-mail - not half so convenient!

    P. Bowden

  • DarkStar Level 2 (210 points)

    Hi Peter,

                   Yes Jennybelle is correct, here's a more detailed view below:


    You obvously know how to import PDFs into iBooks on Mavericks.

    For others just go to >File>add to Library

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    Now connect your iPhone & then iPhone>Books, here make sure you have Books & PDFs selected

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    Then make sure that the pdf you've uploaded is checked too!

    Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 14.21.42.png

    You can Sync All or just Selected Books, I choose  Selected.

    Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 14.21.22.png

    I hope this helps?

  • notdabod108 Level 1 (35 points)

    the pdf I put in ibooks mac doesn't show up in itunes ipad books section though. I think we need a new pdf reader app for ipad that works with dropbox or something.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 (77,140 points)

    There are a large number of better pdf readers in the App Store for years already.  Try Goodreader.

  • Greg Koelpien Level 1 (35 points)

    You're not crazy.

    I, too, tried to get iBooks on my MacBook Air (OS X 10.9) to sync some homemade PDF's to iBooks on my iPad 2 (iOS 7.0.3) and never did figure it out. However, Kindle for iPad can handle PDF's just fine, and I was able to push my files from the laptop to ipad using iTunes (11.1.2) without any problem. This is with the iPad connected directly to the MacBook Air with a cable, not wirelessly. Then I could view my PDF's with the Kindle app.

    Not the solution you were looking for, but a pretty good workaround.

  • Ragas Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey guys,

                   What if I want to manually add PDFs to my iPad, instead of syncing? How can I do that now with OS X Mavericks?


  • bluevoice Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem here, pdf's that I added to iBooks are not visible in the "Books" tab for my iOS device in iTunes.

  • ElzoRillo Level 1 (5 points)

    Same situation. Items added to iBooks on iMac do not sync across devices! Purchased items are the only ones syncing. Why have iBooks on iMac if there is no syncing?


    Before, I used to add files to Dropbox on the iMac and on other devices open them in iBooks and it worked. Making iBooks on macs should eliminate these extra steps not create new problems.

  • bluevoice Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all, I'm back with some new findings, I now see all PDF's that I added to iBooks in the "Books" tab for my iOS device(s) in iTunes. It seems that iTunes does some indexing and that this indexing takes some time. It seems that the items are visible after you restart iTunes, that seemed to have worked here. Maybe it helps some of you.

  • Tony Giordano Level 2 (330 points)

    Where do you put your books (PDF's) to get them into the iTunes library?

  • bluevoice Level 1 (0 points)

    I added them to the iBooks library. Just open iBooks go to File > Add to library...


    The PDF's should be visible in iBooks right away.


    Next step is to restart iTunes if you have it open. Connect your iOS device, select your device in iTunes and go to the Books tab. The PDF's should be there, available to check the ones you'd like to sync. If they're not than they're not fully indexed and will be added next time you open iTunes or reconnect your iOS device. Not sure how this indexing works. But it seems it takes longer when you add several PDF files to IBooks library.


    I hope this helps.

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