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Viewing Books that are in a Series

In this video for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how you view all the books in a series while in your library.

How to See if a Book is part of a Series
If a book in your library is part of a series, it will look like it is stacked on top of other books, like it’s a group of books.

Viewing the Next Book or all the Books in a Series
When you click on the group of stacked books, you will see all your purchased books along with the next book in the series. On the right side of the window, you will see ‘Purchased’ and ‘All”. When Purchased is selected, you see all your purchased books along with the next book in the series. If you click on ‘All,’ all the books in the series will be shown.

Closing the Books in a Series View
To close this view where you see all the books in a series, you click on the ‘x’ to the left of the first book, or you click on the stacked books again.

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Working with Books in your Library

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at the library in the Books app. The library is where you will find all the books that you’ve added to the Books app as well as any books you have in iCloud. It’s also where you can download books from iCloud, update your books, and view them in collections or by the author.

All Books
Across the top, in the toolbar, are a number of tabs. When you select the first tab, All Books, you will see all of your books in your library.

Sorting your Books
To sort how your books are shown, select the ‘Sort By’ link on the right side of the window. You can then select to sort them by most recent, title, and manually. To sort them manually, you just drag the books around in your library.

Hiding Title and Author
To show only the book cover and hide the title and author that is shown below each book cover, go back to the ‘Sort By’ link and select the option to hide the title and author.

Books in iCloud
If a book is in your library but not downloaded to your Mac, you will see a cloud in the upper right corner of the cover. Click on the book to download it to your Mac. To remove a book from your Mac, select it and tap the ‘delete’ key. You will see a dialog confirming that you want to remove the book from your Mac. The book will still be in iCloud.

Hiding Books stored in iCloud
To hide any book that is not on your Mac but is in iCloud, select the ‘Sort By’ link on the right side of the window. One of the options is to hide your books stored in iCloud. When you do this, the only books you will see are the book that is on your Mac.

Viewing by Collection
You can keep your books in different collections. To view your collections, select Collections as a tab option in the toolbar.

Viewing by Author
Similar to collections, you can view your books by the author as well by click on Authors in the tab bar.

Viewing by Category
Similar to collections and authors, you can view your books by category as well by click on categories in the tab bar.

Viewing your Books by List
If you’d rather view your books by list instead of cover, click on List in the toolbar. When viewing by list, you will also see when the last time you read it and the size of the books.

Search
To search for a book, just start typing in the search field in the toolbar.

Downloads and Updates
To view the download progress of any books you are downloading or to see if any books have an update, click on the download icon to the far right of the toolbar. You’ll see the progress of any books you are downloading, and you can update any individual book that has an update, or update all your books.

Opening Books
Double click any book to open it. When you open it, the library closes. Close your book to open the library again. You can also click on the book icon while reading a book to open the library without closing your book.

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Browsing the Book Store

In this video for the Books app on the Mac, I look at browsing the Books Store including how to find the top sellers, books by an author, download a sample, add a book to the Wish List, and more.

Switching to the Store from your Library
Once you open the Books app on your Mac, you’ll see a Book Store button on the left side of the window in the toolbar. When you click on this, the window changes from your Library to the Books Store. The button also changes to Library. To get back to your Library, click on the Library Button.

Featured
At the top of the window, in the toolbar, you’ll see a number of categories. The first one is Featured. This is where you’ll find all the featured books in the Book Store. Scroll up to see the different categories for the featured books.

Top Charts
With Top Charts we can see which books are topping in the charts. When you click on this, below the toolbar, you can select if you want to view the top charts in paid books or free books. You can also select a specific category by going to the right side of the window.

New York Times Best Sellers
When you click on this, you can see the best sellers listed by the New York Times. With the New York Times Best Sellers you can select between fiction and nonfiction books.

Categories
To view your books by category, you click on Categories in the toolbar. I equate this as to browsing the aisles while at a bookstore, each aisle being a different category. Once you click on a category, you can see the best sellers, top charts, what’s free, and more.

Top Authors
When you click on Top authors in the toolbar, you will get a list of the top authors on the left. Click on any author to see their books. You can also click on Paid or Free to look at the books you have to pay for or the books they have that are free.

Search
On the left side of the toolbar is the search field. Just type in what you are searching for to search the Book Store.

Downloads and Updates
The button on the far right of the toolbar is where you can find if you have any books that are downloading as well as update any books that have an update to them.

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Adding Notes to Highlighted Text

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how you add a note to your selected text including how you can view all the text that have notes attached to them.

Adding a Note to Text
To add a note to your text, you first select the text you want to add a note too. You’ll see this is very similar to highlighting text. Once you select it, you’ll see a menu popup with various options. One of the options is to add a note. When you add a note, you are also going to highlight the text. You can change the highlight by just clicking on any one of the highlight options. Once you add the note, in addition to the text being highlighted, you’ll see a square using the same color as the highlight next to your highlighted text. This indicates there is a note. When you click on the square, you can see the note and edit it as well.

Viewing all your Text with Notes
To see all your text that have notes attached, you go to the toolbar, and on the left side, there is a ‘Notes’ button. Click on this button to see all your text that is highlighted and that have notes attached to them. The list shows you the chapters that your noted text is in. Click on the triangle on the left side of the chapter to view the individual pages. The notes will show below the highlighted text. To go to the page, click on the page number.

Adding a Note to Highlighted Text
To add a note to text you’ve highlighted, you just click on ‘Add Note’ below the highlighted text when looking at all your highlighted text.

Removing Notes from Text
To remove notes from your text, you click on the selected text on the page, then in the menu that pops up, select “Remove Note.” You can also remove the notes and highlight as well from this menu that pops up.

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Highlighting Text

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how you highlight text by color or underline and then how you can find all your highlighted text in the Books app on the Mac.

Highlighting Text
To highlight text, you first select the text you want to highlight. Once you select it, you’ll see a menu popup with various options. The first option shows you color circles and the letter A underlined. These are the highlights that are available. Just click on the highlight option you want, and your text will be highlighted. To change the highlight, you just click on your highlighted text and in the menu that pops up, select a different highlight.

Viewing all your Highlighted Text
To see all your text that is highlighted, you go to the toolbar, and on the left side, there is a ‘Notes’ button. Click on this button to see all your text that is highlighted. The list shows you the chapters that your highlighted text is in. Click on the triangle on the left side of the chapter to view the individual pages. To go to the page, click on the page number.

Removing Highlights from Text
To remove highlights from your text, you click on the selected text on the page, then in the menu that pops up, select “Remove Highlight”.

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Working with Bookmarks

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how you bookmark a page in the Books app and then how you can view all your bookmarks.

Bookmarking a Page
To bookmark a page, you move your cursor to the top of the page to show the toolbar. On the far right of the toolbar, you will see a bookmark icon. It is black by default, meaning the page is not bookmarked. Click on this icon to bookmark the page. When you do this, the icon will change color, and your page is bookmarked.

Viewing all your Bookmarks
To view all your bookmarked pages, you go the right of the bookmark icon in the toolbar. You’ll see a small arrow, click on this to view all your bookmarks. Click on any bookmark to go to that page.

Deleting Bookmarks
To delete a bookmark, you first go to the page you want to remove the bookmark from. Then just click on the bookmark icon in the toolbar to remove the bookmark from that page. You can also remove them when you are looking at all your bookmarks. To the right of each bookmarked page will be an ‘X’. The will only show when you hover your cursor over the bookmark. Click on the ‘X’ to remove the bookmark.

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Lookup Options and Speaking a Selection

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at the lookup options the Books app has including looking up definitions and Siri Knowledge. I also take a show you how you have have the Books app speak your selected text.

Lookup Options
To look up the definition of a word, you just double-click on it. When you do this, a popup will show the definition of the word. At the bottom of this popup panel will be other lookup options. These options will change depending on what word you have selected. Options include Siri Knowledge, maps, TV Shows, Music, and more. Again, these options will vary depending on what word you have selected. You can also control-click on the word to see your lookup options.

Speaking a Selection of Words
To have the Books app speak your selection, you first select what you want to have spoken. Then you control-click on the selection and under More in the menu that pops up will be ‘Start Speaking.’ Select this to have the Books app select your selected text.

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Changing Text Size, Font, and Background

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how to change the theme, or background, the font size, and the font of a book you are reading.

Changing Text Size, background, and Font
To change any of these options, you first show the toolbar by moving your cursor to the top of the book. When the toolbar appears, click on the two A’s. When you do this, all the options will appear. Click on the larger and smaller ‘A’ to change the size. You can also select the background color of your book and the font for the book.

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Navigating through a Book

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at navigating through a book including viewing the table of contents, showing the scroll bar, and searching a book.

Opening a Book from your Library
To open a book that is in your library, you just double-click on it. You can also hold down the control key and click on the book to show the menu, and then select ‘Read…” When you open a book, it opens to the last page that you’ve read, including if you were reading your book on another device.

Flipping Pages
To go to the next or previous page, you just swipe to the left or right on your trackpad or magic mouse. You can also move the cursor to the left or right edge of the window. When you do this, you will see arrows appear, click on the arrows to go to the next to the previous page.

Viewing Page Numbers
At the bottom of each page is the page number. You can see how many pages are left in the chapter by going to the right of the right page number.

Viewing the Scroll Bar
The scrollbar will appear when you move your cursor down to the very bottom of the book. When you move the scroll bar, you will see a pop up showing what chapter and page numbers you are moving too.

Showing the Toolbar
To view the Toolbar, where you can view the table of contents, go to your library, and search your book, you move your cursor up to the top of the window. When you do this, the toolbar will appear. Move the cursor away from the top, and the toolbar disappears.

Viewing the Table of Contents
To view the book’s table of content, you first show the toolbar, and then you click on the three horizontal lines to the left. From there, the table of Contents will show. Select any chapter to go to that chapter. You can also go to the menu bar and select Go to move to the next or previous chapter in the book.

Searching a Book
To search a book, you again show the toolbar. On the right side of the toolbar will be a magnifying glass. Click on this to show the search field. Type in what you want to search for and the results will show.

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Working with Book Collections

In this video for the Books app on the Mac, I look at how you create collections for your books in the Books app on the Mac.

Viewing your Collections
To see your collections, click on Collections at the top of the window in the toolbar. On the left side will be all your collections for your books. By default, you will have two collections, Books and PDFs.

Creating a New Collection
To create a new collection, click on the ‘+’ in the lower left corner of the window while looking at your collections. When you click on this, a new empty collection will be created. Click new collection name to rename it. You can also control-click (hold down the Control button while clicking on a book. When you do this, a menu will pop up, and you can create a New Collection from there.

Adding Books to a Collection
To add books to your collection, you first select the books you want to add to your collection. Then you control-click (hold down the Control button while clicking on a selected book). A menu will, and one of the options is to add the selected books to any collections you have.

Creating a Collection from a Selection
To create a new collection from your selected books, you select the books you want in the collection first, then you control-click on any one of the selected books and in the menu that pops up, select ‘New Collection from Selection.’

Deleting a Collection
To delete a collection, you select the collection and then tap on the Delete key. When you do this, the collection will be deleted, but any of the books in the collection will still be in your library.

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Books Preferences

In this lesson for the Books app on the Mac, I look at the different preferences we have in the Books app on the Mac.

Opening Books Preferences
To open the Books app preferences, you go to the menu bar and under Books will be Preferences (Menu>Preferences). When you select this, a new window will open. In this window are all the preferences for the Books app.

General Preferences
When you are reading EPUB books, EPUB is a type of book, you can set the Books app to let the lines break naturally, justify the text, and auto-hyphenate.

If you are reading and the display goes to sleep because you have not turned the page, you can extend the time it takes for your screen to go to sleep by 10 minutes.

If you are using your iPhone and/or iPad to read your books, you can have the Books app automatically sync your collections, bookmarks, and highlights across your different devices.

Store Preferences
When you select Download New Purchases Automatically, if you purchase a book on your iPhone or iPad, it will automatically download to your Mac as well.

With Password Settings, you can set if you want the Books app to ask for your password if you purchase a book within 15 minutes of an earlier purchase. You can set it to always ask for a password, or require it after 15 minutes after your previous purchase.

You can also set if the Books app will require a password every time you download a free book.

Parental Preferences
With Parental Preferences, you can disable the bookstore altogether and restrict books with explicit content. With either of these options, the Books app will ask for the computer password. If anyone knows the password to your computer, they will be able to override these restrictions.

Advanced Preferences
There is one setting in the Advanced Preferences, Enable Advanced menu in the Menu Bar. This is more for authors and what it does is add a new menu option to the menu bar where you can add books to your library as proofs.

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Viewing and Clearing History

In this lesson for the News app on the iPad, I look at how you view your history or see all the articles you’ve opened, as well as how you can clear your history in the News app on the iPad.

Viewing your History
To view your history or see all the stories you’ve opened, you swipe up on the left sidebar until you see History. Tap on this to see all your history of storied or articles you’ve opened. Tap on any one of them to open it again.

Removing or Clearing a Story from your History
To clear your history, you tap on Clear in the upper right corner of your iPad. When you do this, you’ll have the options to clear just your history, clear any recommendations that the News App has recommended, and then Clear All which clears everything.

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Saving a Story for Reading Later

In this lesson for the News app on the iPad, I look at how you save a story so you can read it later in the News app on the iPad.

Saving a Story for Reading Later
To keep a story you want to read later, you tap on the Share icon. You can do this from within a topic, each story title will have the share icon near it, or when you open a story, at the bottom of the story is where the Share icon is located. When you tap on the Share icon, the Share Sheet opens, and one of the buttons available is Save. You may have to swipe to the left to see this button. Tap on Save to save the story.

Finding your Stories you’ve Saved
To read a story you’ve saved, you swipe up on the left sidebar until you see Saved Stories. Tap on this to see all the stories you’ve saved. Tap on any story to open it up. When you are finished reading it, you can tap on the Share icon and then tap on Unsave.

You can also find your saved stories on your other devices like your iPhone and Mac if you are using iCloud.

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Reporting a Concern about a Story

In this lesson for the News app on the iPad, I look at how you report a concern about a story or article in the News app on the iPad.

Reporting a Concern
When you are reading an article, and you see a concern such as a bad link, missing image, or maybe the story is in the wrong category in the News app, you can report this to Apple. To report a concern about a story or article, you just tap on the article to open it. Then tap on the share icon at the bottom. The Share Sheet will open, and then all you do is tap on the Report a Concern button. You may have to swipe to the left in the Share Sheet to see this. Once you do that, you tap on why you are reporting a concern.

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