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Cromulent

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I know you can import ebooks by going to File > Import on macOS, but I was wondering if that synced your imported books between all of your Apple devices? If not, how do you sync them? Do I need to upload to iCloud Drive and then import them on each machine I want to use to read them?
 

cr2

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Hello,

I have dragged e-books, PDFs, and audiobooks to the books application. I then sync to my iPhone and iPad, similar to music. I googled and managed to download my Audible Audiobooks and listen on the books app.

Just like music, the books app can be improved. Since you listen to only a few books at a time it is easy to manage.

I don't use iCloud to keep my books. I have a primary mac and all the media is on that.

Hope this helps.
 

fanboy-ish

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I use the Books app, both on my MacBook Air and on my iPhone - yes, it's not the best reading experience - in order to sync books and progress I use iCloud, all the books are on iCloud, I just download on my devices the one I'm reading, once finished I remove the download but keep it on iCloud.
 

cr2

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I use the Books app, both on my MacBook Air and on my iPhone - yes, it's not the best reading experience - in order to sync books and progress I use iCloud, all the books are on iCloud, I just download on my devices the one I'm reading, once finished I remove the download but keep it on iCloud.
Is it possible to sync the reading/listening marks using iCloud?

Though I use iPhone the most, sometimes I would love to be able to use it on my iPad. For any serious reading, I have been using Kindle for ebooks. Just a far better reading experience.
 

fanboy-ish

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Is it possible to sync the reading/listening marks using iCloud?

Though I use iPhone the most, sometimes I would love to be able to use it on my iPad. For any serious reading, I have been using Kindle for ebooks. Just a far better reading experience.
iCloud should sync those automatically, if I read a book on my iPhone and finish a chapter, then I open it on my Mac, it usually opens where I left on my iPhone, and viceversa; or, almost at the same page, I should say, that's because the layout is different, so for example, sometimes I finish reading on my iPhone and I'm at, let's say, page 200, on my Mac I open the same book and I'm at page 185, so maybe you have finished one chapter on one device and on the other device you find the book a few pages behind.

As for marks, iCloud should be syncing them automatically.

The problem with syncing is that I don't think it's that instantaneous, I usually find everything synced because I read at night, then leave it and my devices do all their backups over the night, so the next day everything is usually synced; sometimes, though, I was reading on my Mac, then, shortly after, picked up reading on my iPhone and my progress was immediately synced.

I've yet to understand how and when iCloud works its magic.

I was thinking about getting a reader, mainly a Kobo because I wouldn't want to be tied to Amazon, I'm thinking, however, about the iPad, I like the Books app, I'm a little bit concerned about the iPad's size and comfort during long reading sessions, the Mini is just too expensive in my opinion.
 

cr2

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iCloud should sync those automatically, if I read a book on my iPhone and finish a chapter, then I open it on my Mac, it usually opens where I left on my iPhone, and viceversa; or, almost at the same page, I should say, that's because the layout is different, so for example, sometimes I finish reading on my iPhone and I'm at, let's say, page 200, on my Mac I open the same book and I'm at page 185, so maybe you have finished one chapter on one device and on the other device you find the book a few pages behind.

As for marks, iCloud should be syncing them automatically.

The problem with syncing is that I don't think it's that instantaneous, I usually find everything synced because I read at night, then leave it and my devices do all their backups over the night, so the next day everything is usually synced; sometimes, though, I was reading on my Mac, then, shortly after, picked up reading on my iPhone and my progress was immediately synced.

I've yet to understand how and when iCloud works its magic.

I was thinking about getting a reader, mainly a Kobo because I wouldn't want to be tied to Amazon, I'm thinking, however, about the iPad, I like the Books app, I'm a little bit concerned about the iPad's size and comfort during long reading sessions, the Mini is just too expensive in my opinion.
Thank you. I was not aware of the fact that it is syncing my bookmarks. I have copied the books to individual devices and was not using iCloud. Learned something new!

Kobo looks interesting. I should have a look at it. I am going to upgrade my kindle, hoping Oasis will be upgraded to USB-C charging. Paperwhite Signature is good but Oasis feels comfortable in the hand.
 

fanboy-ish

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Thank you. I was not aware of the fact that it is syncing my bookmarks. I have copied the books to individual devices and was not using iCloud. Learned something new!

Kobo looks interesting. I should have a look at it. I am going to upgrade my kindle, hoping Oasis will be upgraded to USB-C charging. Paperwhite Signature is good but Oasis feels comfortable in the hand.
In my opinion the Kobo products are better because you can use books purchased from different vendors, you basically just connect it to your computer and transfer the files to the reader, you can also borrow eBooks from public libraries.
 

mpetrides

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In my opinion the Kobo products are better because you can use books purchased from different vendors, you basically just connect it to your computer and transfer the files to the reader, you can also borrow eBooks from public libraries.
Well, I solve this one by having the Kindle app (and other reader apps like Nook) on my iPad/iPhone for use when I can not get a book for Apple Books.

I realize I'm the outlier here but I STRONGLY prefer the pagination and overall appearance of books in Apple Books over the massively stupid "locations" used by Kindle. Who thinks in "page numbers" (AKA "locations") that run in the thousands to tens of thousands??? And that change when you change the font size?

So I get most of my books in a format that can be used in Apple Books. However there are some eBooks that are either only available from Amazon on the Kindle or much cheaper in Kindle format, generally due to a sale at Amazon. For that there is the Kindle app.
 
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cr2

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I realize I'm the outlier here but I STRONGLY prefer the pagination and overall appearance of books in Apple Books over the massively stupid "locations" used by Kindle. Who thinks in "page numbers" (AKA "locations") that run in the thousands to tens of thousands??? And that change when you change the font size?
You are not alone :)

I like kindle because of the ease on the eyes. It has a decent processor, I wonder why having a better interface is so challenging to design.
 

fanboy-ish

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Well, I solve this one by having the Kindle app (and other reader apps like Nook) on my iPad/iPhone for use when I can not get a book for Apple Books.

I realize I'm the outlier here but I STRONGLY prefer the pagination and overall appearance of books in Apple Books over the massively stupid "locations" used by Kindle. Who thinks in "page numbers" (AKA "locations") that run in the thousands to tens of thousands??? And that change when you change the font size?

So I get most of my books in a format that can be used in Apple Books. However there are some eBooks that are either only available from Amazon on the Kindle or much cheaper in Kindle format, generally due to a sale at Amazon. For that there is the Kindle app.
What iPad are you using for reading?

I was thinking about getting the basic iPad for reading and other content consumption, and maybe some games.
 

cr2

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What iPad are you using for reading?

I was thinking about getting the basic iPad for reading and other content consumption, and maybe some games.

If you don't read in an easy chair or the bed and don't care about e-ink then any iPad would do. I used to use iPad mini, which was mostly used for my 40-minute train commute. When you have an iPad, I was getting distracted by iMessages, e-mails, etc. So I switched to Kindle.
 

mpetrides

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What iPad are you using for reading?

I was thinking about getting the basic iPad for reading and other content consumption, and maybe some games.
I mainly use my iPad mini 5 or iPad mini 6 for reading. The size is almost identical to the size of a trade paperback. I use the mini 5 in bed (while the mini 6 is charging) and the mini 6 the rest of the day.

I do agree with cr2's observation about distractions on the iPad and have tried to switch to a variety of Kindles over the years but found the overall reading experience on the Kindle unsatisfying. So I switched back almost immediately.
 

960design

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I know you can import ebooks by going to File > Import on macOS, but I was wondering if that synced your imported books between all of your Apple devices? If not, how do you sync them? Do I need to upload to iCloud Drive and then import them on each machine I want to use to read them?
Never tried. I just drag and drop, then add to the appropriate collection within iBooks. The book/pdf becomes available on all devices: work mac, home mac, mac book pro, mac minis, iPads, iPhone, ect.

I also copy 'favorited books' to iCloud so that it is available on any device.
 

Blowback

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If you don't read in an easy chair or the bed and don't care about e-ink then any iPad would do. I used to use iPad mini, which was mostly used for my 40-minute train commute. When you have an iPad, I was getting distracted by iMessages, e-mails, etc. So I switched to Kindle.
You could just set up a ‘focus’ just for reading?
 

fanboy-ish

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If you don't read in an easy chair or the bed and don't care about e-ink then any iPad would do. I used to use iPad mini, which was mostly used for my 40-minute train commute. When you have an iPad, I was getting distracted by iMessages, e-mails, etc. So I switched to Kindle.
I find that the iPhone and Books app's settings are fine for reading, at least in my experience. I was thinking about the basic iPad because, in my opinion, is more versatile than the Mini, I could use the basic iPad also for watching videos or note taking, the Mini's size I think would be too small, also the Mini is more expensive than the iPad, and I would do just basic iPad stuff, the Mini's price wouldn't be justified for me.
I mainly use my iPad mini 5 or iPad mini 6 for reading. The size is almost identical to the size of a trade paperback. I use the mini 5 in bed (while the mini 6 is charging) and the mini 6 the rest of the day.

I do agree with cr2's observation about distractions on the iPad and have tried to switch to a variety of Kindles over the years but found the overall reading experience on the Kindle unsatisfying. So I switched back almost immediately.
Usually when I read on my Mac or iPhone I use Do Not Disturb, so distractions are kept at bay.

I agree that the size of the Mini would be better for reading, but I find the basic iPad's size more versatile for other activities.
 

mpetrides

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I find that the iPhone and Books app's settings are fine for reading, at least in my experience. I was thinking about the basic iPad because, in my opinion, is more versatile than the Mini, I could use the basic iPad also for watching videos or note taking, the Mini's size I think would be too small, also the Mini is more expensive than the iPad, and I would do just basic iPad stuff, the Mini's price wouldn't be justified for me.

Usually when I read on my Mac or iPhone I use Do Not Disturb, so distractions are kept at bay.

I agree that the size of the Mini would be better for reading, but I find the basic iPad's size more versatile for other activities.
That assumes you can resist the temptation to check your email or see what's showing up on the news. Alas, I give into those temptations more often than I choose to admit. Sigh.
 

fanboy-ish

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That assumes you can resist the temptation to check your email or see what's showing up on the news. Alas, I give into those temptations more often than I choose to admit. Sigh.
Yes, usually I read in the evening, when I’ve had enough of dealing with human beings, so ignoring them all comes pretty easy.
 
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