Use iCloud Drive or iBooks to access your PDF files, ePub files, and books

Use iBooks to store your ePub, iBooks Author books, and PDF files with iCloud Drive so that you can access them on all of your devices.

The first time that you open iBooks after you update to iOS 9.3 or OS X 10.11.4, you'll be asked to use iCloud. If you don't see this message, you might need to set up iCloud Drive.

You can use iBooks and iCloud Drive to sync ePub, iBooks Author books, and PDF files so that you can access them on all of your devices. After you turn on iCloud Drive, all files automatically upload to iCloud*. Any ePub, iBooks Author book, or PDF file that you add to your iBooks library later also automatically upload to iCloud*. 

Books purchased from the iBooks Store are not stored on iCloud Drive, but you can redownload them. Because they're not stored on iCloud Drive, they don't count against iCloud storage. Sample books and audiobooks don't sync with iCloud Drive. If you don't see your books available for download, ensure that 'Hide iCloud Books' is disabled from the Collections menu.

*Some files might not upload if you don't have enough available iCloud storage.

Download items from iCloud Drive

You can download ePub, iBooks Author books, and PDF files from iCloud Drive to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. Scroll to find the item that you want to download. 
  3. Tap the Download icon  in the upper-right corner of the item that you want to download. The item downloads to your library.

If you turn off iBooks in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive, iBooks items that you save to iCloud Drive will no longer be available on that device.

Mac

Available ePub, iBooks Author books, and PDF files in iCloud Drive automatically download to your iBooks library.

If you turn off iBooks in System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive Options, iBooks items that you save to iCloud Drive won't be available on that device.

Delete files

If you want to remove a file, you can delete it from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or your Mac.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the iBooks window, tap Select.
  3. Scroll to find the item that you want to delete, then tap it.
  4. In the upper-left corner of the iBooks window, tap Delete.
  5. If you want to remove the file from iCloud and all of your devices, tap Delete From All Devices.
    If you only want to remove the copy stored on the device you're using, tap Delete This Copy. The file stays in iCloud and on your other devices.

Mac

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. Scroll to find the item that you want to delete.
  3. Right-click or Control-click on the item that you want to delete, then select Delete.
  4. Click Delete Everywhere to remove the file from iCloud and all of your devices.
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