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How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Posted April 18, 2010 at 1:18pm by iClarified
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These are instructions on how to transfer a DRM-free ePub formatted eBook to your iPad for reading in iBooks.

Step One
Download the ePub title and save it on your desktop. In this example I will be downloading the iPad Programming book by Daniel H Steinberg and Eric T Freeman.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Two
Launch iTunes by clicking its icon in the dock
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad


Step Three
Click to select Add to Library... from the File menu.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Four
Select the eBook file from your Desktop and click the Choose button.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Five
Click to select Books from the list of libraries on the left. Notice your book is now listed.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Six
Connect your iPad to the computer and select it from the list of devices on the left.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Seven
Click to select the Books tab.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Eight
Check the Sync Books checkbox if it isn't already enabled.

If All books is selected then all your Books will be transferred to the iPad. If Selected books is selected then you will need to look below for the newly added Book and check the checkbox next to its title.

Now click the Apply or Sync button at the bottom right of the window.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

You may receive a warning that this will erase all the books on your iPad if this is your first Books sync. Click the Sync Books button.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

Step Nine
Once the sync has completed you can open iBooks on your iPad to read your newly transferred title.

*Note: If you do not have iBooks on your iPad you can download it free from the App Store.
How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad

How to Transfer ePub eBooks to Your iPad
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Rich Doug
Rich Doug - October 10, 2016 at 5:44am
Dude, thanks, but I hate iTunes. I'd prefer to use WinX MediaTrans to sync ePUB eBooks, PDFs, etc. from computer to my iPad fast and smoothly, with no data loss. Exporting or deleting iBooks from iPhone iPad can also be easily achieved with this smart tool.
KeithTucker
KeithTucker - December 29, 2014 at 12:25pm
I have transferred ePub ebooks from Windows laptop to iPad using both iTunes & email. Books appear in Book folder on iPad but I get an error message saying that they cannot be opened as the file maybe corrupted or not in the right format. Does this mean the book files are not DRM-free? Can ebooks which are not DRM-free be transferred?
mazharok
mazharok - September 16, 2014 at 10:35am
Cooool!! i was very much impressed with the stuff in the article
EJ
EJ - July 13, 2014 at 2:50am
One simple way is to email the epub file directly into the email registered on your iPad/iPhone. Open the email in your iPad/iPhone and Open it with iBooks.
Andresito77
Andresito77 - June 26, 2014 at 4:21am
Me gusto el articulo y lo que buscaba porque me lo voy a meter todo en un mp3 para poder reproducirlo con mi pinganillo espia
dadanada
dadanada - December 25, 2013 at 6:21pm
This article is old. Now you should try emailing the epub file to your ipad, click on it in the email, and it will transfer to iBooks.
Bob H
Bob H - December 13, 2013 at 3:19am
My version of iTunes 11 doesn't have a "Books" tab in the Library Panel. I checked the Preferences, and there's no "Books" option to check. How do I get "Books" to show up in the Library?
MissT
MissT - October 4, 2013 at 7:57pm
So annoying I've been trying all week to download on iPhone, iPad and laptop!! 5 hours today and still no success. I see it in my iTunes act on the computer but can't get it on iBooks on my apple devices..
TIM ROMERO
TIM ROMERO - March 27, 2014 at 9:14pm
Right click and Check your properties tab and make sure your computer is not hiding the file. Unchecked this and whamo the book loaded on my ipad
Michel
Michel - March 19, 2013 at 7:51pm
I downloaded my book from OverDrive from my public library and it wont let me drag it into iTunes, or open up from and email and it doesnt show up in my ibooks when I choose it. Am I doing something wrong or is it because it's a rented book? How do I read rented ebooks then if I cant put them in my itunes?
Laurie
Laurie - April 5, 2013 at 6:37pm
When I use OverDrive for my library books, the books only appear in the OverDrive app itself.
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scribbler.tom
scribbler.tom - December 19, 2012 at 1:49pm
If you have Dropbox on your desktop and your iPad, you can copy the ePub file to your Dropbox account. When you try to open the file in the Dropbox app, you'll get an error saying that you can't view the file. But if you touch the download icon in the upper right corner, one of your options will be to open the file in iBooks (assuming you have the iBooks app installed). Touch that and you're good to go.
Cynde
Cynde - August 1, 2012 at 7:51pm
Thank you .......... That was easy, almost to easy. Thanks for your help
JamesHenry
JamesHenry - May 19, 2015 at 8:26am
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Thinh
Thinh - March 23, 2012 at 5:30pm
every time I transfer new epub book to ipad, the old epub gone, i see only the new epub. How can i add the new epub without lost the old epub. (i do option selected check box for the epub i want to transfer only.) Thanks
Spinosum
Spinosum - October 17, 2011 at 2:17am
Simplest way to transfer epub to iPad is as follows: 1. Download epub from sites you know 2. Email the epub file to yourself (eg. GMail) - do not zip or rar it 3. Open up the email in your iPad, and click on the attachment (the epub file) 4. Choose "Open in iBook" and that's it.
Sue asset
Sue asset - November 5, 2011 at 11:43pm
Sue and Geoff, Found an easy way to get EPub files into the IPad Hugs Lib
joan
joan - October 2, 2012 at 12:09am
the email solution was great, thanks so much
Cor
Cor - December 14, 2012 at 12:05pm
Wow, I seriously can't thank you enough. I don't know why I didn't think to do this, I was going crazy because I was going to have to update my entire Apple software. THANK YOU
Karin
Karin - April 16, 2011 at 4:54pm
Thanks, so easy. Great step by step explanation!
ur man
ur man - June 22, 2010 at 11:15pm
does anyone know where to download free epub ebooks????
ludachris
ludachris - May 1, 2010 at 12:10am
You can also just drag the epub file right into itunes and drop it over the "books" tab.
Jetgadget
Jetgadget - May 23, 2010 at 4:20am
How Many books maximum? I am at 390 now? Ibooks looks great
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