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How to read PDF files on iPadI’m not a big fan of reading books but when I bought my iPad last year, I must admit – I completely fell in love with reading.

With its high-resolution colored touchscreen, the iPad takes the eBook experience to a new level. The iPad’s big bright display makes books, newspapers and magazines look amazing. If you own the iPad with retina (iPad 4), the screen text is even more razor-sharp.

These digital contents normally come in PDF format. While there are several tools in the App Store to help you read PDF on iPad, one of my favorite app is Apple’s own free eBook reader – iBooks.

Before going into the details about how to set up and use iBooks, here are some key features of this app:

  1. Browse and search over 1.5 million Ebooks from iBookstore.
  2. Import your own books in PDF or EPUB format from your computer.
  3. Take advantage of the built-in search feature to find a word or phrase within your books or documents.
  4. Highlight your favorite text and bookmark it for later reference.
  5. Use the voiceover feature to make your iPad read the book for you.
  6. Instantly translate any word or sentence within the app itself.

Download & Install

To download Apple’s free iBooks app, pop into the iTunes App Store from your iPad or your computer and search for the iBooks application.

  • On the iPad

If you have internet access on your iPad, you can grab iBooks by tapping the App Store icon on the Home screen. Once opened, you might see iBooks listed on the homepage itself. If you can’t see it, tap the search box at the top of the screen, and type in iBooks, and wait for the app to pop up. Then tap the install App button.

  • On the computer

If you do not have internet access on your iPad, you can download it from your computer through iTunes. Open iTunes, then click on iTunes Store on the left. Once it is loaded, type iBooks in the search box and download it. Once the download is complete, you need to sync your iPad with iTunes to install it on your iPad.

Importing PDF on your iPad

Once iBook is installed on your iPad, you should see a new icon appear on your home screen. Tap it to open the app. When the app unfolds on your screen, you will see a virtual wooden bookshelf like the one below. This is where all your downloaded/imported eBooks eventually come to live.

read PDF on your iPad using iBooksSo how do you fill up your empty shelves now? Well, there are many ways you can do that. If you want to import a PDF file from your computer, follow the steps below:

  • Open iTunes and make sure your iPad is connected to your computer.
  • Under Devices, you will find a new category called Books if you have previously install iBooks correctly. Click on it.
  • Then you can import your PDF or EPUB eBooks by drap and drop’ing them in this window.
Download pdf on ipad
Download pdf on ipad

Your ebooks will automatically be synced to your iPad. Open iBooks and you should see a list of books you’ve synced to your iPad.

Read PDF on iPadAnother way you can fill up your shelves with ebooks is by purchasing and downloading ebooks from iBookstore. You can access iBookstore by clicking on store button in iBooks. (see above screenshot)

I’ve tried a few PDF reader before, and I believe that iBooks is one of the best app to read PDF on iPad. If you have any issues or questions regarding iBooks, drop me a comment below. I’ll do my best to help you.


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