This tutorial will guide guide you through process of converting PDF files so that they can be read in iBooks, the iPad application, iBooks uses an ebook format called ePub. Using a converter application (and ebook manager) called calibre you can quickly convert PDF (and other file formats) to ePub files, which can you then transfer to your iPad for reading in iBooks. This tutorial will take you step by step through the entire process.
Step 1. Download and install calibre. It comes in versions for windows, OS X and Linux. The interface is very sightly different in each version (not much). The screenshots in this tutorial are from the OS X version – but windows users should have no problem at all following allow.
Step 2. Once installed, open calibre. The first time you run calibre it will take you through a quick set up. The first thing you’ll want to do is specify your ‘ebooks’ folder. This is the location you’ll save your ePub files. Click the Change button.
Step 4. Back at the welcome screen, click the Continue button.
Step 5. You can ignore the information on this screen and click continue. Or if you’re interested, give it a read. With that said, enabling ‘Turn on the content server’ will not help us out.
Step 6. Now you’re at the main calibre interface. Click the ‘Add books’ button in the top-left corner of the window.
Step 7. Navigate to a PDF file that you want to convert to an ePub file. Select it and open.
Step 8. Now click the small ‘arrow’ next to the edit meta information and select download metadata and cover files.
Step 9. Calibre will now download additional information about your PDF/ebook-if it can find. If it’s an eBook (as a pdf), you may need to manually enter book title and author and author name if it isn’t present when you load it into calibre initially. When it finds the additional meta – data and a book cover. it wil appear in the bottom pane the calibre window.
Step 10. Now we’ll start the actual conversion process. Make sure your PDF file is selected in the main list of books, and then click the small arrow next to the convert E-books button. From the list that will be appear, select ‘Convert individually’. Youl be prompted with a summary window prior to calibre making the final conversion. Click the OK button. Depending on the size of your PDF/ebook the conversion process will vary. It took less than 10 seconds to convert my 200 page PDF. If you’re using a Mac and have growl installed, you’ll get a window notifying you that the conversion has finished.
Step 12. If you sync all your books to iPad in iTunes and select the iBooks tab. After confirming you new ePub book is listed, click the sync button.
Step 13. Now launch iBooks on your iPad. There it is! From PDF to ePub and into iBooks.
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