Most of iTunes/Books library gone—how to fix?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by KevMA, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. KevMA macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2017
    I have a bunch of books and PDF files on my iPad (as well as these having annotations/bookmarks). For some reason, 4/5 of these disappeared from both iTunes and from the Books app. I'm guessing syncing will delete the 4/5 of the books/annotations that are currently on my iPad, so I haven't done that.

    How do I fix this? How do I get the disappeared files back to iTunes and Books?
  2. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    You can try emailing those PDFs to yourself or uploading them to cloud services like google drive or Dropbox first.
  3. KevMA, Feb 9, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019

    KevMA thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2017
    I got it to work by saving a few books that had a bunch of highlights using the iMazing trial (5 books maximum), making sure all the iBooks and iCloud syncing settings were on, hard-rebooting both the iPad and laptop, deleting everything (make sure you have the original files), re-uploading to the Books app, and then syncing everything in iTunes (worst app UX ever, Apple). Sadly, the highlights/bookmarks aren't syncing between OS X and iOS.

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