Deleting Books in iBooks (#1349)

Deleting Books in iBooks (#1349)


When you go into iBooks and you look under
All Books you’ll see all of the books that you’ve purchased or added to iBooks. Now sometimes you want to get rid of one of
these. There are various ways to do that and it’s
important to understand what is actually on your Mac, what is actually something you’ve
purchased, and what some of these symbols mean. For instance here I’ve got five books in this
sample account here. Three of them are actually here on my Mac
ready for me to read. Two of them are not. You can see these little cloud icons here
in the upper right. That means that I own these books but they
are not currently on my Mac. Now to get them on my Mac all I need to do
is double click them for them to open and, as an intermediate step, will download these. They are pretty quick downloads. Of course books that are just text are pretty
quick to add. So that’s what these little cloud icons mean. Now you may wish to actually delete some of
these books permanently. If they are things that you’ve added on your
own say by dragging and dropping e Pub or PDF documents into iBooks it’s pretty easy
to permanently delete things. For instance I can select this book here which
is a PDF I just dragged and dropped into iBooks at some point. I hit the delete key on my Mac and it asks
if I want to delete it on my Mac. I hit Delete and it will be gone. Sometimes it will ask if you want it to delete
it from all devices. This is a sample account so it’s not really
hooked up to any other devices right now. But if you had iBooks on your iPhone, or your
iPad, you’ll be asked do you want this to be deleted from all your devices. Now, how do you delete one of these guys? Because if you select it, and I hit Delete,
I get nothing. It doesn’t give me that option. So I have several different options. One is to go to the Sort By function here. If I click it I can hide iCloud books. What this will do is it will hide all the
books that I don’t actually have on this computer. Now I still have them. I can go back here and click Show iCloud Books. If I were to download one, I’ll click here
and you can see it will download this, then once it’s fully downloaded if I Hide iCloud
Books it will still be there because I have a local copy of it. If I want to delete it, now you can see it
will just remove the download but it is still shown there when I do the full view of all
the books I have downloaded plus the iCloud books. So what if this is a book I’m finished with,
I’ve already read. Maybe it was the wrong book I downloaded for
free or something. I just don’t want to see it anymore. Well there is a way to get rid it. You can’t permanently get rid of it because
the record that you’ve actually downloaded it from iBooks is still going to be there. But you can hide that individual title. The way to do that is to go to the iBook Store,
click on that button, make sure you’re in Featured, and then scroll to the bottom here. Here you can see Purchased. Click on that and you can see the books that
you’ve purchased. You can see when I move my cursor over them
I have a X next to them. I can click the X and it will ask if I want
to hide this individual purchase. I hit Hide. Now I go back to the library and you can see
it’s gone. Even though I’ve got iCloud books turned on,
I can see another iCloud book there, it’s not listed here. This is as close as you can get to deleting
and for all intents and purposes it’s totally gone. If you want to get it back you can go to the
iBook store again, go to Featured, go to the bottom, but this time hit Account. You also had the access there on the right
side you may have noticed. Once you login you can scroll down and you
can see iTunes in the Cloud and Hidden Purchases. Click Manage and this will show you the purchases
you’ve hidden and you can unhide them. So that’s how to undo that. If you’ve done that for a lot of titles you
can even search through there to quickly find the one you want to unhide. I go back to library and there I’ve added
that title back in. It hasn’t downloaded it but at least it’s
there for me to download when I click it.

Dereck Turner

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