7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 12, 2014 12:53 PM by fishinkaa
FreeWizard Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)


I have 100+ PDFs in iBooks on Mac, which I organized into 10 collections.

However, when I sync from Mac to iPad via iTunes, even though all PDF show up in iBooks oniPad, the collection info seems all lost, these PDFs shows in PDF collection in iPad, and I have to re-organize them again.

Is there away to fix this and sync the collection automatically?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
  • ivan54 Level 3 Level 3 (860 points)

    Do you have it set to sync collections on your Mac and iPad?


    From iBooks: How to sync iBooks between devices

    Collections, highlights, notes and bookmarks sync across all your devices. Use these settings to synchronize these features:

    On your Mac, open the iBooks app and select iBooks > Preferences > General. Then, select the option to "Sync bookmarks, highlights and collections across devices". This setting is on by default.

    On your iOS device, open Settings > iBooks. Then, select the options to "Sync Bookmarks" and "Sync Collections".


    and from iBooks: Viewing, syncing, saving, and printing PDFs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

    Using Sync Collections with PDFs in iBooks

    If you turned on Sync Collections, iBooks will keep your PDFs (and non–iBooks Store books) in the same collections across all your iOS devices and Mac (if you're using OS X Mavericks). For example, if you have the same PDF on all your devices, when you move that PDF to your Sci-Fi collection in iBooks on your iPhone, that PDF will appear in your Sci-Fi collection the next time you open iBooks on your iPad.



  • MrBBQ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I delete it in one place Mac or iPad will it also delete it in the other? Also if I add a new pdf to one will it sync to the other or do I need to reconnect the cable and tranfer purchases?



  • Brian Williams2 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Hello Ivan,


    Regarding your response to FreeWizard's question: Does your response come from personal experience on this very subject? or from a general "it should work like this?" The reason for my asking is that I have exactly the same situation as described by FreeWizard, a bunch of PDFs grouped into Collections in iBooks on my Mac (Mavericks all up to date) and on my current version/release iPad, the Sync Bookmarks and Sync Collections options are set to ON, just as you describe; yet the Collections information does not make it to the iPad. I note that FreeWizard did not respond to your suggestion, and I infer from that that your proposal did not work for him/her.





  • shawnread1234 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I dont know for certain pdf collection transfer unto apple devices, but do know that certain books are bought through different stores because certain store and regions dont have diverse books etc; therefore it is done through itunes book ipad/iphone book sync section. In regards to pdf files; i believe you should download the pdf file app and then synchronize it via itunes in the bottom; by adding file by file through itunes eith the ipad/iphone connected to the mac unto the pdf app, kind of like the goodreader app.  Now when it comes to pdf collections, of that i am not certain.


    Thank u


  • Barry Lee Reynolds Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)

    Your collection will be synced; however, if your collection only contains pdfs (non ibooks purchases), the pdfs are not synced over iCloud.  Is there a way to get the pdfs you have added on a Mac to sync to an iDevice?

  • picas Level 4 Level 4 (2,595 points)

    Connect your device to your computer. Open iTunes, select the device in the Sidebar, select the Books tab, select the pdfs, and sync.

  • fishinkaa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you