It’s getting cold, maybe even snowing outside but you’re there on your cozy, sweet bed, whilst you’re reading your copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Covered by your warm, fuzzy blanket, like you’re some kind of a human tortilla, you sip on a hot chocolate, whilst you take notes and highlights like you’re studying for the finals. (after all there’s so much to take note of (Sarcastic tone))
After collecting all your notes and highlights on iBooks, you find that you instead want to save them so that you can look back on it later.. but wait, you ask yourself,
“How can I save my notes and highlights from iBooks?”
Not to worry, as I have curated this guide, just for you, with quick step by step guidance on how you can save your notes and highlights from iBooks and it’ll only take less than by the time you finish your hot chocolate.
1. Email to Yourself
Step 1: First things first, Open your iBooks, and then go ahead choose which book that you want to save notes and highlights from.
Step 2: Click on the Notes button
Step 3: Now go to the Notes tab
Step 4: Click this button which you can see to the top right.
Step 5: Select Edit Notes
Step 6: Now you can choose which notes or highlights that you want to save from your book. If you want to choose all, then click on Select All
Step 7: Finally Click on Share and then choose Mail
Now you gotta admit that was a piece of cake wasn’t it? 😉
2. Add to Your Notes
You can also save notes and highlights from iBooks by saving it onto Notes or any other note-taking app.
The steps are exactly the same as above (Email to yourself) except instead of choosing Mail you choose Add to Notes.
If you are using an app like Evernote to take your notes, you can also save it onto that. 🙂
3. Use Digested (For Mac only)
It’s called Digested, and it does exactly what it says it does.
Digested is a free Mac app which will suck all your notes and highlights out of your iBooks and package them up in a nicely-formatted PDF, or direct to Evernote.
Pretty cool huh?
It’s pretty darn easy for you to get started with.
Step 1: You can start off by downloading Digested onto your Mac.
Step 2: Plug in either your iPhone or iPad.
Step 3: Done? Great, you’re almost there! You’ll now see a window listing all of your books which contain all your notes and highlights.
By default they are all selected, but if you want to choose one by one then you can do that too.
Step 4: Once you are done, you have two ways you can export all your notes and highlights.
Basically if you want to export all your notes and highlights to Evernote, this is what it does. You’ll find that if you chose the Evernote export that it adds each note as a note to the notebook of your choice.
You get the highlighted text along with any notes you may have added.
The downside to this export is that you don’t get the title of the book the notes came from, which makes it absolutely crap.
PDF export is much better, and as you can store and index PDFs inside Evernote (with a Pro account at least) this might be the best bet for now.
What you will get is a single PDF with section headers for each book (with the book’s title) and the snippets underneath.
4. Store the Books onto your Computer
If you want to look back on your notes and highlights saved with the book that you read, you can back it up on iTunes and then in the future you can always sync it back onto your iPhone or iPad.
The only shit thing about iTunes is that you can’t open your book and read it in iTunes.
You only have two ways to go about it from there. Either you would have to be a Mac user and download the iBooks app for Mac or transfer back your book with your notes and highlights from saved in iTunes back onto your Apple device (iPhone or iPad) and read on that.
Here’s a guide from Apple themselves on how you can save it onto your iTunes so that you keep your notes and highlights safe and get them whenever you need to.
If this method still didn’t work for you, you can always Snap me your problem on Snapchat or comment down below, and I’ll help you in a jiffy. 🙂
5. Print your Notes & Highlights
There are basically three ways you may go about this
- Print your notes from iBooks (only PDF files)
- Save your Notes and Highlights to your Notes and then Print them
- Take screenshots of your notes and highlights (your ePub Books) and then Print from Photos
Print your notes from iBooks (only PDF files)
Step 1: Go on to your iBooks and open your PDF file that you want to save.
Step 2: Click the box with the arrow button at the top.
Step 3: Select Print
Step 4: Now you can find a printer to print your PDf file with your notes or highlights from. After you’ve done that, Click on Print again and you’re done! 🙂
Save your Notes and Highlights to your Notes and then Print them
Step 1: Go onto your iBooks, Choose a book that you want to save your notes and highlights and then Click on this dotted list-type button
Step 2: Head over to the Notes tab, and Click on the box with the arrow . Select Edit Notes
Step 3: Now Select which notes and highlights that you would want to save.
Step 4: After you’ve chosen which notes and highlights that you would want to save, click on Share, then Add to Notes (or any other note taking app that you would prefer).
Step 5: Next a new window will pop up showing you whether if you want to add anything to your notes and highlights that you are trying to save and whether if you want to Choose Note (which means you have the option to save your notes and highlights onto another note which you’ve already created before or if you rather want to create a New Note in a New folder. Once you’re done, click Save.
Step 6: Done? Great! You just saved your notes and highlights onto your notes. Now all you have to do is go onto your Notes app, and then find your note and then print it.
Step 7: Finally, click on the box with the arrow again and then select Print and there you have it! 😀
Take screenshots of your notes and highlights (your ePub Books) and then Print from Photos
Step 1: Go on to your iBooks and take a picture of your notes and highlights that you would want to save.
Step 2: Next go on to your Photos app and find your photo that you have just taken.
Step 3: Once you have done that, Click on the box with the arrow button which you can see at the bottom to your far left.
Step 4: Now you will be presented with a bunch of options on how you want to use this picture that you have just taken.
Step 5: You’re doing great! Now swipe to the right and you’ll see the option to Print.
Step 6: From here on out, I am pretty sure you know what to do. 😉
6. Store your Books onto iCloud
You can also store your books on iCloud if you wish and then use it to access your notes and highlights from iBooks on any device.
Here’s a guide from Apple themselves on how you can store your books (with your notes and highlights) onto iCloud.
Another thing that I wanted to tell you, and it is something that you should take importance of and that is that, be careful when dealing with storing books or basically whatever you may have onto iCloud.
Apple is really bad at prioritizing your data (that includes your books, photos, contacts, messages, notes, etc. literally everything, you name it) above their simplicity which sometimes can end up as a muddle altogether.
Honestly speaking, if you’re not careful you are going to find that your hard earned books, notes and highlights that you collected get vanished in just a second from your library.
You’ll know exactly why I am saying this as you read on…
7. Delete and Download Back your Book
So I suppose you were so curious to find out what I had exactly planned to say to you huh?
Well truth is, my dear friend, I’ve actually lost all my books before (and it ain’t that long ago, When exactly? Urmm, it actually happened yesterday 🙁 )
This happened when I accidently pressed the opt out of iCloud Drive option in my settings on my iPhone whilst the books were still uploading onto my iCloud, which is something you shouldn’t do.
Despite all of that, I did learn one thing, that might be like music to your ears…
Since I had my book backed up in my email, what I did was I just copied the book again back onto my iBooks.
To my surprise, I actually got my notes and highlights back!
When just had I thought I lost the notes and highlights along with the book itself. I was wrong.
Truth is, I don’t really know how this works.
Maybe Apple stores your notes and highlights somewhere where you will never know but if worse comes to worst if anything does happen to your books, keep another copy of your book somewhere in a pendrive, computer or your email then Send it via email onto your iPhone or iPad and then Copy onto your iBooks.
You’ll forget that you had even lost all your books in the first place.