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.

See this Lesson Action
To see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

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