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iBooks: Tips for managing your iBooks library and storage on iOS devices

Learn about managing your iBooks library and storage on your iOS devices.

There are several ways you can manage your iBooks library between iOS devices:

  • If you want all of your books organized in the same way on all of your iOS devices, go to the iBooks panel in Settings, and set Sync Collections to ON.
  • If you prefer to manage your books and library organization separately between your iOS devices, go to the iBooks panel in Settings, and set Sync Collections to OFF.

With iBooks Sync Collections enabled

  • Books will be organized in the same collections on all of your devices. You can read and organize your books with your iPhone or iPod touch while you're on the go, and when you return home to your iPad, you'll find your books in the same organization you created on your iPhone or iPod touch. 
  • When you delete a purchased book from your iBooks library on your iOS device, you have the option to Delete This Copy or Delete From All Devices.
  • To free up storage on your device while keeping your library organization, tap Delete This Copy. The copy of the book on that iOS device will be removed, but the cover of the book will remain in your iBooks library with a cloud icon visible in the upper corner. To download the book again, just tap the book cover.
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  • To remove a purchased book from your library on all of your devices, tap Delete From All Devices. The book will be removed from all of your iOS devices, and its cover will only appear in the Purchased Books collection with a cloud icon visible in the upper corner. If you change your mind, you can download the book again from your Purchased Books collection.

With iBooks Sync Collections turned off

  • You can organize books on one device without affecting the organization on another device. You can keep your books on your iPhone organized one way, while keeping a different set of books organized in a different way on your iPad. 
  • When you delete a purchased book from your iBooks library on your iOS device, you will have the option to Delete This Copy or Delete From Library.
  • To free up storage on your device while preserving your library organization, tap Delete This Copy. The copy of the book on that iOS device will be removed, but the cover of the book will remain in your iBooks library with a cloud icon visible in the upper corner. To download the book again, just tap the book cover.
  • If you choose Delete From Library, the book will be removed from your device, and its cover will appear only in the Purchased Books collection with a cloud icon visible in the upper corner. If you change your mind, you can download the book again from your Purchased Books collection. 

Note: Whether you set iBooks Sync Collections to ON or OFF, if you delete a book that you did not purchase from the iBooks Store, the book cannot be downloaded again from either your Purchased Books collection or by using the cloud icon. Previous purchases from the iBooks Store may be unavailable for download if they have been refunded or discontinued.

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