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How do I transfer my eBooks onto my iPad?
Posted by Victoria Bampton on 22 July 2012 01:07 PM

If you want to read your book on your iPad (or iPhone/iPod Touch), you'll need a suitable eReader app.  iBooks is freely available from the App Store, but you can select your favorite.

PDF format - iBooks, GoodReader, iAnnotate

ePub format - iBooks

Kindle format - Kindle


Download your books directly to your iPad and open into the iBooks or Kindle app

You can download the books directly to your iPad using Safari. Click the download link in the original email, or log into the Downloads section of the Members Area, and click the download link for the PDF, ePub or Kindle format. Ignore the first link, with the photo of the book, as it's a zip file which won't open in Safari.

They're large files, so it might take a while. The PDF download may appear to stall as it tries to open directly into Safari, but you'll be able to see the progress icon turning next to the Wifi icon in the top left corner.

Once the file has finished downloading, select Open In and choose your eReader app (i.e. iBooks) to transfer the file. 

If you download the ePub or Kindle file, the Open in... button will be in the middle of the screen.

If you download the PDF, tap somewhere on that page and the Open in... button will appear in the upper right corner.

The book will then be opened into your eReader app and saved, ready to open again later.

Here is the book in iBooks, as an example. You can double-tap on an screenshot to enlarge it and then press the X in the top left corner to return to the text.

If you open another book and then can't find Adobe Lightroom - The Missing FAQ again, click the Collections button and look in the Books and PDFs collections.

Note, if you open the Kindle file directly into the Kindle app, it won't be added to the Kindle Cloud or synced to other devices. If that's important to you, use the Amazon's Send to Kindle desktop app to send the file to your iPad's Kindle app instead (instructions below).


To add your book to the iPad Kindle app using your computer and the Send to Kindle app

Send to Kindle for PC and Send to Kindle for Mac are free applications that let you easily send your personal documents (and this book) from your computer to your registered Kindle devices and the Kindle app on other supported tablets and phones.

Download the Kindle/MOBI format to your computer and then follow Amazon's instructions to send them directly to your Kindle or Kindle application:

Windows download and instructions

Mac download and instructions

When you open the Kindle app on your iPad or other device, the book should appear in the All Items or Docs section.


To add your book to iBooks via iTunes and USB Sync

Download the PDF or ePub format to your computer.  Using iTunes 10.1 or later, add the books to your iTunes library choosing File menu > Add to Library, or drag the ePub or PDF file to the Books section in the sidebar.

To sync the books to your device:

1. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the Devices list on the left in iTunes 10.1 or later.

2. Click the Books tab in the resulting window.

3. Ensure that the Sync Books checkbox is enabled.

4. If iTunes is set to only sync selected books, be sure to enable the checkbox next to the book you want to sync.

5. Plug your iPad into the computer using the USB cable, and then click Sync in the bottom right corner of the iTunes window.  Manually added books don't appear to sync over Wifi yet.

6. Open iBooks on your iPad and the book should appear there. The PDF will be in the PDFs collection and/or the ePub will be in the Books collection.

If you like viewing in vertical orientation on a full size iPad, you might like the PDF format, whereas the ePub format is better suited to horizontal orientation, iPad Mini or small iPhone/iPod Touch screens.

To add your book to GoodReader (or iAnnotate) via iTunes

Download the PDF format to your computer.

GoodReader and iAnnotate allow you to transfer the book in many different ways, including via USB, wirelessly, or via websites such as DropBox.  To transfer using iTunes, attach your device and click on it in the iTunes sidebar.

Select the Apps tab and scroll down to the File Sharing section.

Select the GoodReader app and drop the PDF file onto the GoodReader Documents section.  They will automatically be transferred to your iDevice and you can open them using the GoodReader app.


Popup blockers and download software are the usual causes of download issues, so turning them off usually solves any problems.  If you have problems transferring or your downloads hit the security cut off, please don't hesitate to contact me using the Submit a Ticket link above or by replying to your purchase email. 

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