iPad Help how can I annotate notes in Apple Books with Apple Pencil?

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  1. dafodeu macrumors member

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    I've search online and can't find a good answer to this. I am trying to annotate notes in Apple Books with the Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro 10.5. From what I read you want to convert the book to a PDF in Apple Books which then allows annotations, but when I click the book options and select "Add to Collection" the PDFs option is grayed out. I am on iOS 12

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. charlituna macrumors G3

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    you can do notes right in Apple Books format but be warned that you'll have to highlight at least a word to add a note. and it will be a typed note. no handwriting or drawing. this is in fact one of the things that remains a huge nit to me.
     
  3. dafodeu thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. Is there a way to export an Apple Book to another format and App that will allow me to use the pencil?
     
  4. unobtainium macrumors 68020

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    Yeah it's a huge shortcoming of the Books app. I couldn't believe it when I realized how limited the Pencil was for books and PDFs in Books. Even with PDFs it behaves strangely and not at all the way I expected.
     
  5. dafodeu thread starter macrumors member

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    Any work arounds? Is there another service that allows you to buy digital books and use in either that app or export to say GoodNotes for annotation with Apple Pencil?
     
  6. frou macrumors 6502

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    Look into the apps LiquidText and Flexcil for powerful pencil annotation of PDFs
     
  7. secretk macrumors 6502

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    What I would suggest most probably not work for you but I can still try. You can import pdf files (also powerpoint but that's another topic) in OneNote. After that you can annotate there. There are other Notes app (like goodnotes, notability) that might offer the same. However the two I mentioned are paid. OneNote is free, but you need Microsoft account.
     
  8. dafodeu thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. Can't believe there isn't an easier option.
     
  9. secretk macrumors 6502

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    No problem and wait a bit for others. I just bought my first iPad a month ago. There are a lot of things that I don't know as well. Maybe there is an easier option that I don't know about.
     

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