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How Do I Copy PDFs In iBooks App To iCloud Drive?

Over the last two years I have saved about 400 PDF’s on my iPad which I can see on the iBooks app. They are PDFs of legal agreements, receipts, holiday intenaries etc and I refer to them from various IOS devices. The filing system and ability to search within the iBooks app is cumbersome and frankly inadequate. It would be much better if I could (copy or move) the existing PDFs to the new iCloud Drive and be able to organise them into folders and subfolders of my choosing. Is there a way I can do this?
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Allan

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Copy PDFs In iBooks App To iCloud Drive?”

    2 years ago

    Do you only have an iPad, or do you have a Mac too? If so, it is very quick and easy to do this on a Mac. You can just run iBooks and list only your PDFs. Then select them all and drag and drop into a Finder folder. This exports all of the PDFs as files into that folder.

    On the iPad, you can do that too. But you’d need to have a very recent iPad that supports full multitasking and drag-and-drop. You can then split the view between iBooks and the Files app, and drag and drop there too. Looks like you need to do them one and a time, though it may be possible to do multiples if you experiment.

    Allan
    2 years ago

    Thanks Gary for your quick response. When I log into iCloud for Windows on my PC, I cannot see the the PDFs in the iBooks and so cannot download to PC. I can e-mail one PDF at a time and download to PC but I might have version control problems if I have two seperate documents. Hence the desire to have the PDFs in iCloud Drive and access them easily from ios devices. Guess it is time to invest in a Mac, assuming I can back up the PDFs from there into the same iCloud dive. Allan

    2 years ago

    You wouldn’t be able to see the iBooks PDFs while they are in the iBooks “container” in iCloud. They need to be in iCloud Drive. iCloud Drive is for any files, but iBooks has its own space for just itself. It is important not to confuse the two. Since there is no iBooks app for Windows, you have no way of accessing it there.
    Did you try exporting from iBooks to iCloud Drive on your iPad like I suggested? Then you would be able to see those PDFs in iCloud Drive on your Windows computer too.

    Allan Siva
    1 year ago

    You suggestion worked, though the mutiples did not always work well but one by one worked easily. One further question arises – are the PDF’s on the iCloud Drive seperate records or are they cross reference to records in the iBooks? The relevance of this is if they are seperate records, one can delete some of the PDFs in the iBooks on the iPad but still retain the Duplicate PDF in iCloud Drive. Thanks again!

    1 year ago

    They are separate. You have exported copies to iCloud Drive.

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