How to transfer a PDF opened on mobile Safari to iBooks

When you open a PDF web link under mobile Safari, the PDF document will be displayed for browsing from within Safari. It might be useful to save the PDF into iBooks for read-later such as when there is lesser Internet connection or to take advantage of the better PDF reader in iBooks.


When the PDF document is fully loaded, tap anywhere on the document to bring out the gray color toolbar bar. On the right end of the toolbar there will be buttons for “Open in iBooks” or “Open In…”.

Tap “Open in iBooks” to save the PDF into iBooks. Safari will save a copy of the PDF into iBooks and switch over to iBooks app. If the PDF size is big, it might take a moment for Safari to switch to iBooks. Tap on the “Open In…” button to choose a different app to manage the PDF document.

iBooks updated to version 1.2.2

Apple released iBooks 1.2.2 on the App Store. This minor release improves performance and stability:

– Addresses issues playing video included with enhanced books from the iBookstore.

– Resolves a problem where some books open with a different font than expected.

– Makes iBooks more responsive when navigating books with many items in their table of contents.


iBooks 1.2 adds collections and AirPrint

Apple released iBooks 1.2 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which includes new Collection feature to organize your books and AirPrint support.

  • Experience fully illustrated books, from children’s picture books to beautifully designed art books, available for download in the iBookstore.
  • Organize your books and PDFs into personal Collections. Swipe left or right to jump between Collections.
  • Print PDF documents and notes you’ve written in iBooks using AirPrint.
  • iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

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How To Read PDF Files in iBooks

iBooks supports reading of PDF documents starting with version 1.1. iBooks is free and is probably the only PDF reader you need on your iPhone or iPad. Purchased ebooks in iBooks are in the EPUB format. In order to read PDFs in iBooks, there is no need to convert to the EPUB format. You just need to be able to transfer your PDF files to your iBooks:

Using iTunes

* Connect your iPad/iPhone to iTunes. Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC.

* Look out for the folder with Books icon on your iTunes Library. Drag the PDF files from your desktop to this folder.

* Select your device under iTunes and click on the Books tab. Make sure Sync Books is checked.

* Sync your iDevices as usual.

Using DropBox

* This method requires running DropBox app on iPad or iOS 4.0 on iPhone.

* Create a free [DropBox account]( if you do not have one and install the clients on your Mac or Windows. Free accounts comes with 2G disk space.

* Drag your PDF files to your DropBox.

* Install the free DropBox app on your iPad or iPhone.

* Select the PDF file to open it from within DropBox app on your iPhone or iPad. DropBox app has a build-in PDF reader as well.

* Tap on the Action button on DropBox app and select Open In and select iBooks from the list.

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* The PDF file will now appear in your iBooks library.

iBooks for iPhone, iPod touch Is Here

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Right after iOS 4.0, Apple updated iBooks app to version 1.1 which now works for iPhone and iPod touch on top of iPad. This free app requires iOS 4.0 and includes a free Winnie The Pooh book. Main new feature in this release is the support of PDF files. PDF files opened in Mail will appear in iBooks library.

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