If you want to read your book on your iPad (or iPhone/iPod Touch), you’ll first need a suitable eReader app:
iBooks is installed automatically with iOS 8 or is a free download for older operating systems, and it’s a very capable app for PDF or ePub format. It even allows you to highlight and annotate the ePub file.
If you have a separate Kindle and you want to sync your reading, you can use the Kindle app with the Kindle file (but to sync position, you must send it to the app using the Send to Kindle desktop app).
Wondering what the difference is between the eBook formats? Click here for pictures.
Ready to copy your files to your iPad/iPhone? You have 3 options:
Download your books directly to your iPad and open into the iBooks or Kindle app
You can download most books directly to your iPad/iPhone using Safari. First, log in to the Members Area on your iPad/iPhone, then scroll down to the My Content box. (If your iPad is held horizontally, it’ll be on the right of the page. If you’re holding your iPad vertically or you’re using an iPhone, it might be further down the page.)
Tap the Downloads link for your book. There’s an icon for each format – PDF, ePub or Kindle format. Tap the icon of your choice. They’re large files, so it might take a while if you’re on a slow connection. (Note, this won’t work for the big multimedia files, so I’ve put a big red note on those pages). 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, you must transfer the file to your eReader app (i.e. iBooks), otherwise it won’t be saved on your iPad/iPhone.
If you downloaded the PDF, tap anywhere on that page and the Open in… button appears in the upper right corner. Either select Open in iBooks, or tap Open In to select another app of your choice.
If you downloaded the ePub or Kindle file, the Open in iBooks and Open In… buttons will be in the middle of the screen. 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).
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. In most apps, 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, most apps have an All Documents collection or similar.
In the iBooks app, click the Collections button at the top of the screen and look in the All collection.
In the Kindle app, go to Library and select All Items.
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 format (.mobi extension) to your computer and then follow Amazon’s instructions to send them directly to your Kindle or Kindle application:
When you open the Kindle app on your iPad or other device, the book should appear in the All Items or Docs section.
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.
To sync the books to your device:
1. Plug your iPad into the computer using the USB cable. (If you’re iPad is already set up for Wi-Fi sync with iTunes 12, you can skip the cable).
2. Select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in the Devices list. Depending on which version you’re using, that might in the sidebar (iTunes 10 – left) or at the top (iTunes 12 – right)
3. Click on Books in the sidebar.
4. Ensure that the Sync Books checkbox is enabled. If iTunes is set to only sync selected books, be sure to enable the checkbox next to the book you want to sync.
5. Click Sync in the bottom right corner of the iTunes window. (Manually added books don’t appear to sync over Wifi yet in older iTunes versions.)
6. Open iBooks on your iPad and the book should appear there. Select the All collection to find the book.