How to Convert iBooks to PDF in Easy Way 2020

Tips and Tricks  •   June 20, 2020

If you ask me “how can I read iBooks on non-Apple e-readers”, I will answer you “convert iBook to PDF please”. Why?

You probably have tried to add or transfer iBooks to devices like kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc, but you failed, and get messages like below:

There are two main reasons why you can’t read iBooks on non-Apple e-readers.

Apple FairPlay DRM on iBooks:

Most ebooks purchased or downloaded from iBookstore have Apple Fairplay DRM protections, Which prevent us from reading the eBook on a non-Apple e-readers, like Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc.

Incompatibility of iBooks format:

Even if some of your iBooks weren’t DRM protected, the iBooks format like interactive .ibooks and Epub is not supported by other devices.

In this following article, we’ll introduce a simple and quick solution that will help you convert iBooks to PDF. I would say it’s the easiest way you can find to convert iBook to PDF to make the ebook compatible with more devices.

To make it simple, you need 3 steps to convert Apple iBooks to PDF.

  • Download iBooks.

  • Remove Apple iBooks DRM, make it convertable.

  • Convert the DRM-free iBooks to PDF.

How to find and download iBooks?

So, where exactly are the iBooks you buy and added store? Unlike iTunes, There’s no Books folder in your user directory, and there’s no Show in Finder option either.

But don’t worry, It’s slightly hidden, and you can still find the iBooks library manually. Just following our step-by-step instructions.

You’ll find your iBooks in one of these two locations:

If you have disabled iCloud sync for iBooks:

~_Library_Containers_com.apple.BKAgentService_Data_Documents_iBooks/Books

If you have enabled iCloud sync for iBooks, they’re stored in Mobile Documents folder.

~_Library_Mobile Documents_iCloud~com~apple~iBooks_Documents/

You can’t access the second location the usual way. If you try to navigate there manually in Finder, it will switch to showing you the iCloud documents folder instead. You’ll have to open the folder via the Terminal app with this command:

open ~_Library_Mobile Documents_iCloud~com~apple~iBooks_Documents

Not sure if you have enabled cloud sync for your iBooks files? go to System Preferences > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Options… to find out. Sync is on if the checkbox next to iBooks appears selected.

~_Library_Mobile Documents_iCloud~com~apple~iBooks_Documents/

You can’t access the second location the usual way. If you try to navigate there manually in Finder, it will switch to showing you the iCloud documents folder instead. You’ll have to open the folder via the Terminal app with this command:

open ~_Library_Mobile Documents_iCloud~com~apple~iBooks_Documents

Make iBooks DRM Free

What makes iBooks unable to import to non-apple device and other? The Apple Fairplay DRM.

It is impossible convert a book with DRM. So if we want to convert iBooks to PDF, we must remove the Apple Fairplay DRM first.

There are many articles online that teaches people remove DRM from Adobe, Kindle, Barnes & Noble etc. But, for Apple users who are keen to remove the DRM from iBooks face a much more limited choice.

At least 3 years ago there was a open-source tool called Requiem that can remove DRM from ibooks, But it didn’t last long, Apple immediately enhanced their encryption method. after that, the software was discontinued.

To find a way that can really remove DRM from iBooks, I constantly searching on the web and test all options available. In my test I even find tools that takes screenshots of every page of an iBook and combines them into a book, which is totally nonsense. Then I came across TunesKit iBook Copy in reddit and to my surprise, it indeed works! It removes DRM from all my purchased iBook, I can then convert ibooks to PDF with tools like Calibre or other online sites! As far as I know, this is the only solution to make iBooks DRM-free at the moment.

TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac can decrypt DRM protection from iBooks with lossless quality and fast speed. Since it’s lossless, after conversion it can retain the original meta info, including book author, book cover, publish date, etc.

TunesKit iBook Copy supports both .epub and .ibook file extension and is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or later. The developer guarantees this software will work even iBooks or iTunes gets version update.

Now please feel free to download the free trial of iBook Copy as below and begin to test it by yourself.

Below is the detailed process and using guide.

Step 1. launch TunesKit iBook Copy. It will open iBooks automatically. Please don’t quit iBooks in the entire process.

Step 2. Click “Add Files”, or drag and drop to add the ibooks you want to decrypt. You can add multiple files at the same time.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button in the right bottom corner, it will begin to remove DRM protection from iBooks. After conversion finished, you can find the DRM free files by clicking “Open” button.

Now we can check if these books are DRM-free. I you can load them into Calibre and online. They are just normal DRM-free ibooks. As a standard format, you can easily convert them to PDF.

Convert iBooks to PDF for free with Calibre/Zamzar

To convert ibook to PDF, Calibre is your first choice. It is the swiss knife among those eBook softwares, totally free to use and It’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux, even portable.

Download Calibre: http://calibre-ebook.com/download

Step 1. Download and install Calibre freeware.

Step 2. Click “”Add Books”” at the top left corner to import ibook files to Calibre. After you imported the ibook files to Calibre, the file information like eBook name, Author, Size etc. will be shown in the file list window.

Step 3. Click “Convert Books” in the window that open, choose output format as PDF and Click “OK” to start the conversion.

If you just need to convert a small amount of iBooks, you simply taking advantage of one of the many free web-based converter tools to convert ibooks to PDF online. There are lots of them out there, but for this article, we’ll be using Zamzar.

Zamzar is an online site that supports video and file conversion. The file size limitation on a single file is 50MB, which is enough for iBooks. and it doesn’t requires you to submitting email address. To convert ibooks to PDF with Zamzar:

  1. Navigate to zamzar.com in a web browser.
  2. Click “Add Files” and navigate to the folder where your ibooks files is saved.
  3. Select Convert to, then choose pdf from the output list.
  4. Click “Convert Now” to start the conversion.
  5. Select Download when the conversion is complete.

Note:It might take several seconds or longer for the conversion progress to be completed depending on the size of your file and your internet connection.

Summary (Take Aways)

  1. Download and find ibook files.
  2. Use TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac to remove DRM from ibook files.
  3. Convert ibook to PDF with Calibre or Zamzar
  4. Just 3 easy steps, you can convert ibook to PDF and play it on any device you like.
By |2020-06-23T13:24:59+00:00June 19th, 2020|Latest Articles, Tips and Tricks|

9 Comments

  1. Ashly July 13, 2020 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot. This really resolved my issue quickly.

  2. shabuli July 16, 2020 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Will Calibre work with ibooks?

  3. Godzillaa July 17, 2020 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Is tuneskit provide a trial version?

  4. nowhere July 31, 2020 at 12:39 am - Reply

    This worked so easy, i was actually quite shocked when I get the DRM free PDF

    • sdffds October 23, 2020 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Can you help me out please and convert a book for me, I don’t have a mac.

  5. 1bent September 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    thanks for solving the unsolved problem of converting ibooks, really helpes.

  6. […] ebooks you get from Apple’s iBookstore are protected by Apple’s own Fairplay DRM. The only free tool that can remove Apple’s DRM is Requiem. but it has stoped upgrade for a very long time. and now the only workable solution at the moment is to use the TunesKit iBook DRM Removal Tool. If you are interest in this please read this guide on how to convert iBooks to PDF. […]

  7. James September 21, 2020 at 1:17 am - Reply

    TunesKit iBook Copy is ONLY compatible with Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12. It is *NOT* compatible with macOS 10.13 or later. The decvelopers have been unable to overcome the technical limitations of the newer operating systems for the past 3 years now. So please update this article so that others won’t make the mistake of purchasing $35 obsolete software that’s incompatible with modern operating systems.

  8. Stanly October 19, 2020 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Is this also awailable for windows?!

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