How to highlight and notate books and PDFs with iBooks for iPhone and iPad

iBooks is a great way to keep your books organized all in one, easy to access, place. Whether you have books to read for leisure or store textbooks and other informational material, iBooks natively gives you the ability to notate and highlight content whenever you'd like for reference later.

Here's how:

How to highlight content in a book with iBooks

  1. Launch the iBooks app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the book that you'd like to highlight something in.
  3. Find the text you'd like to highlight and hold down on it. Now drag the anchors so the text you'd like to highlight is within it.
  4. Tap on the highlight option in the pop-up menu. You can now choose different highlight colors and edit how you'd like the highlight to appear. Then just tap out of the menu when you're done editing settings.
  5. That's it. The text will now be highlighted for reference later.

How to notate content in a book with iBooks

  1. Launch the iBooks app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the book that you'd like to notate something in.
  3. Find the text you'd like to add notes to and hold down on it. Now drag the anchors so the text you'd like to reference is within it.
  4. Tap on the right arrow in the pop-up menu in order to bring up additional options.
  5. Now tap on the Note option and type your note. When you're done, simply tap the Done button in the upper right hand corner.

How to access notes and highlights in a book with iBooks

  1. Launch the iBooks app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the book that you'd like to view highlights and notes for.
  3. Tap on the Contents icon towards the upper left. (It's next to the Library button.)
  4. Tap on the Notes tab. Here you'll see a list of everything you've notated or highlighted in that particular book or PDF.