How to Transfer Books to iPad (From Win/Mac)

Apple products always taste sweet and sour. they offer the best user experience when you handle them with your hands, but they also definitely set barriers for people just getting involved. the biggest problem is how to transfer files to apple products.

I distinctly remember when I bought my first ipod, excitedly plugged it into my computer with the cable and waited for the “removable disk” to appear, just like I did with the other mp3 players. but things didn’t turn out the way I imagined, no newly found hardware, no removable drive. after hours of searching and trying i finally found out that itunes is needed to transfer files to apple mobile products.

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itunes is famous for its music, video and app. April 2010, Apple added iBooks to iTunes. we can say that people are not as familiar with ibooks as they are with music, video and app, somehow. and I see a lot of people asking this question on forums, social media, and Q&A sites.

This article will help to solve this question, to tell you how to transfer books to ipad, iphone and ipad mini and then read them. In this post, we all take iTunes 11 as an example for operations and screenshots.

1 find “books” in itunes library

when you launch itunes 11, you will be taken to the “music” column by default, and you may notice that there is a button called “music” in the upper left corner below the menu bar. click the button to open a dropdown menu and you can see an option called “books” as the image below shows.

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itunes books library

some people maybe can’t see this option, then you should go to ibookstore and randomly buy public domain free ebook, then you can see the “books” in itunes library.

2 prepare your books

ibooks is the built-in reading app on ios devices and only accepts epub and pdf books, so if you want to read books on ipad, you need to confirm they are in epub or pdf format and without drm.

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for all books purchased outside of ibookstore ipad will not accept them because all paid books are drm protected but ipad only supports apple drm. unfortunately, apple drm only protects books on ibookstore.

In a nutshell, if you have books bought from sony or kobo bookstore, even if they are epub and pdf books, you can’t read them on ipad because they are protected by other drm. if your books are purchased from the kindle store and you want to open them with ibooks, impossible!

To solve this problem, you will learn epubor ultimate which helps to remove drm from e-books and convert formats between epub, kindle and pdf. then all your books (no matter where you get them from) will be accepted and readable on ipad.

3 import the books to itunes

after preparing the books, you can now import them to itunes on your computer.

You have two methods to do this:

1) Click “file” on the menu bar and choose “add file to library…”, or use the shortcut “ctrl + o”, then find the book you want to add and click accept;

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2) directly drag epub and pdf books from local folders to itunes window.

then you can see these books displayed on itunes, if not, there must be something wrong, maybe the format, maybe the drm.

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4 transfer books to ipad

now connect your ipad to computer with usb cable, then you can see your device on the top right corner of itunes.

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click on the device name to access the device control panel, it is recommended to keep all options as default if you are not familiar with those settings.

now look at the navigation bar, you can see “summary”, “information”, “applications”, etc. click on “books” and activate the option “sync books”.

itunes books library

lastly, click the “synchronize” button in the lower right corner to confirm that all the books have been transferred to your ipad.

5 open ibooks to read those books

now open your ipad and run ibooks, you will see those epub books. and where are the books in pdf? are displayed in another shelf, please press “collections” and choose “pdfs”, then you can see your pdf books.

itunes device icon

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