One of the new apps in Mavericks is iBooks. This is the desktop version of the app you’ve been using for years on your iOS device to read books. It’s quite good to finally have a desktop iBooks app. For example, if you want to read my Take Control of iTunes 11: The FAQ and work with iTunes, it’s not very practical to have to read the book on your iPad – or iPhone – while working on your Mac. Now, you can read it while you fiddle with iTunes.
Before, your books were in your iTunes library, and they were stored in your iTunes Media folder. When you launch iTunes under Mavericks, and choose the Books library, you’ll see a screen telling you that your books have moved. When you click a button, you’ll see iBooks open, showing the following:
But iBooks doesn’t tell you where your books are. There’s no Reveal in Finder command, and it’s not easy to find them. This is important because, if you want to back up your books, you need to know where they are. (Naturally, if you just back up your entire Mac, this isn’t an issue, but some users, like me, have multiple hard disks, and back up certain types of content on different backup disks.)
To find your books, you first need to make the Library folder inside your home folder visible; see this article for an easy way to do this, not involving a Terminal command, as it did in the past.
Next, go to that Library folder, and look for the following:
The above is a file path; the text between each set of slashes is the name of a folder. So you open the Library folder, then Containers, and so on.
If you want to access your books from time to time, you might want to make an alias of the iBooks folder and put it somewhere useful, such as in your Documents folder. And make sure you back up the iBooks folder – and all its sub-folders – if you want to keep your book collection safe.
Update: There’s an easy way to get copies of books in your iBooks library: just drag them to the Desktop or to a folder.