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Does Books support Cloud storage for ePub files not bought from their online store?
#1  2scre 09-07-2020, 06:23 PM
For Kindle app, if you send your files to Kindle using "Send to Kindle", it will store your books and remember the "Collections" that you have put the books into, so that if you get a new phone, all you have to do is log in to the app using your Amazon account and it will show the same Collection and books that you have put there in the past.

Does Books (formerly iBooks) do that too?
I mean for free ePub books that you yourself made not the books you bought through their online store.
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#2  Deskisamess 09-07-2020, 07:42 PM
Place the books in the Files app and you can then download it in the Books app on your various iDevices. But they won't sync with each other.
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#3  ilovejedd 09-10-2020, 01:46 AM
Quote 2scre
For Kindle app, if you send your files to Kindle using "Send to Kindle", it will store your books and remember the "Collections" that you have put the books into, so that if you get a new phone, all you have to do is log in to the app using your Amazon account and it will show the same Collection and books that you have put there in the past.

Does Books (formerly iBooks) do that too?
I mean for free ePub books that you yourself made not the books you bought through their online store.
Yes, via iCloud syncing.

Do note, last I checked unless you have a Mac it’s very difficult to recover/export DRM-free EPUB sent to iBooks so make sure you have copies elsewhere.
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#4  tomsem 09-10-2020, 03:45 PM
Quote Deskisamess
Place the books in the Files app and you can then download it in the Books app on your various iDevices. But they won't sync with each other.
They do sync across devices.
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#5  2scre 10-10-2020, 01:50 PM
Quote ilovejedd
Yes, via iCloud syncing.

Do note, last I checked unless you have a Mac it’s very difficult to recover/export DRM-free EPUB sent to iBooks so make sure you have copies elsewhere.
I do have a Mac.

So if I use iCloud syncing, even if I lose my iPhone, if I get a new iPhone will all my books with all the highlights be there?

I ask because I used to have a bunch of books in iBooks in iPhone 4 I believe and when I got iPhone 5, I think all my books disappeared except the ones that I downloaded through iBooks. (The books that disappeared, I had put them in the iPhone through iTunes, and when I asked about it online, they said books that I put in iBooks through iTunes would not transfer over to a new iPhone).
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#6  ilovejedd 10-10-2020, 02:09 PM
Quote 2scre
So if I use iCloud syncing, even if I lose my iPhone, if I get a new iPhone will all my books with all the highlights be there?

I ask because I used to have a bunch of books in iBooks in iPhone 4 I believe and when I got iPhone 5, I think all my books disappeared except the ones that I downloaded through iBooks. (The books that disappeared, I had put them in the iPhone through iTunes, and when I asked about it online, they said books that I put in iBooks through iTunes would not transfer over to a new iPhone).
Yeah, that was during the transition period. iTunes no longer has support for Books so you pretty much just download/import books to the Books app directly. The Mac has a dedicated Books app and as far as I know, that syncs fine with iCloud. Can't confirm since I don't have a Mac, just iOS devices.

That said, Books for iOS does sync properly the few times I've used it. I dislike the closed nature of the system (can't export EPUB from the Books app) as well as the page flip animation though so I prefer to use Marvin.
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#7  kyteflyer 10-11-2020, 02:06 AM
If you have books sourced from other places, better to use a non-Apple reader. I use Hyphen reader, its been the most reliable (for me) with regard to syncing. It uses iCloud to sync locations within books, but not entire books, so economical with your space.

http://hyphenreader.com/

I’ve stopped trying to have one reader for everything. It doesnt seem to be under active development but its compatible with the most recent iOS so I’m happy.
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#8  2scre 10-11-2020, 03:35 AM
Quote ilovejedd
Yeah, that was during the transition period. iTunes no longer has support for Books so you pretty much just download/import books to the Books app directly. The Mac has a dedicated Books app and as far as I know, that syncs fine with iCloud. Can't confirm since I don't have a Mac, just iOS devices.

That said, Books for iOS does sync properly the few times I've used it. I dislike the closed nature of the system (can't export EPUB from the Books app) as well as the page flip animation though so I prefer to use Marvin.
Is there a way you can import several ePub files at once instead of one by one?
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#9  2scre 10-11-2020, 03:35 AM
Quote kyteflyer
If you have books sourced from other places, better to use a non-Apple reader. I use Hyphen reader, its been the most reliable (for me) with regard to syncing. It uses iCloud to sync locations within books, but not entire books, so economical with your space.

http://hyphenreader.com/

I’ve stopped trying to have one reader for everything. It doesnt seem to be under active development but its compatible with the most recent iOS so I’m happy.
Does that sync highlights too?
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#10  kyteflyer 10-11-2020, 04:42 AM
Quote 2scre
Does that sync highlights too?
Well, if you were to go and visit the link I left, you would find your answer in rather large typeface.
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