iPad Quick Tip – Saving PDF Files

Save Your PDF Files: Need to save your PDF documents or books to your iPad? Unless you already own a handy paid app such as GoodReader, there is no straightforward way of importing PDF files to your device.

However, an unexpected app is here to the rescue: Apple’s iBooks. Besides EPUB books, iBooks is also able to store and open PDF files.

To import a file, simply follow these steps:
– Install iBooks, if not already done (the app is free)
– With a Mac or a PC, email the PDF file to yourself, and open the email via the iPad mail app
– Tap on the file to open it
– A new “Open In…” tab should appear on the top right corner of your screen. Select “iBooks”.

The PDF file is now stored on your iPad, within the iBooks app. To open the file, simply launch iBooks, select the “PDFs” tab, and tap on the file.

Now that people are getting their iPads, we’ve started our iPad Quick Tips series to help you get the most out of your new gadget. We’ll post our tips on a regular basis so keep coming back to find out the latest tricks and tips.

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  • Dasilva

    Always wondered how to save PDFs, thanks!

  • http://dougscripts.com Doug Adams

    The free AppleScript “PDF Adder” contains a PDF Service that will assist with adding and tagging PDFs to iTunes from the Print dialog. This will allow them to sync with iBooks. Link: http://dougscripts.com/300

  • David Mayotte

    Actually, I was surprised that my iPad (Safari) won’t even show pdf attachments. A quick search on the web indicates lots of people have this problem.

    I hope apple fixes this soon. I was about to start using this.

    Also, it would be cool if we could also see the books downloaded from the Kindle app on the bookshelf instead of in a Kindle Amazon app.

  • http://www.thelaziestman.com allen klesh

    There is also a great app called cloudreaders. While it’s mainly for reading Comics (.cbr files) you can also read .PDFs in it.

    It supports PDF, CBZ, ZIP, CBR and RAR format, and faster file transfer over USB cable.

    and it’s free.

  • Evan

    It is actually far simpler to create a folder of the PDFs you want to load in iBooks. Then in iTunes go file ->add folder to library. Pick your PDF folder and let iTunes populate them to your library. Once done when you sync any i device you can go to the books tab and add your PDFs.

    Now say down the line you need to add a new single PDF to you library. Store it where your heart desires then go to file ->add file to library. And you are ready to sync up.

  • Misslawyerlady

    Can you tell me how to create PDF folders on my iPad? I have several individual documents on the iBooks bookshelf; but I need them grouped in folders. Thank you.