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Saving PDF into iBooks

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  • NoiSan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 20, 2012 11:56 AM (in response to Chelmo)

    Same problem for me, When I tap PDF file from my email and open in "iBooks" the screen flips to iBooks, the problem is it downloads the file and will apprear in iBooks in few seconds then the PDF disappears again.

  • Paula222 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2012 6:13 AM (in response to 356simon)

    I am also having this same problem. I try to open something in iBooks and it appears briefly and then disappears. Extremely frustrating, I am going back to paper if this doesn't get fixed soon!

  • valiantcam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2012 3:48 PM (in response to Paula222)

    Hi Paul, there is no way I am going back to paper. Have you tried converting your text to ePub? You can do this if you have the original iWork file by going to the share tab and clicking on create ePub, you can also do this with a PDF inside iTunes or you can use a 3rd party application for desktop called Calibre, this will convert any format into any ebook. If all that fails try using Evernote, google reader or the google docs app. There are also many other reading applications that you can source for your iPhone and iPad. Let me know how you go.

  • Selfbuilder3000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 7, 2012 11:52 PM (in response to Rich4205)

    I have the same issue on iPad 3 when trying to save PDFs from an email or web page.  Sometimes can get it to work by opening in another PDF reader first & then open it in iBooks but it's not a consistent solution. Have rebooted the iPad but makes not difference I assume something is corrupted in the iBooks database. 

  • Partypup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 10:58 PM (in response to Chelmo)

    I think I can help everybody out here with a solution.  I have an iPad 1 with 5.0 OS, and this worked for me like a charm:

     

    1.     Email the pdf to yourself

    2.     ON YOUR COMPUTER, open the email attachment and save the file in pdf form to your desktop

    3.     Open iTunes and drag the pdf from your desktop into "Library" (at the top of the menu bar on the left hand side).  You should now see the pdf in your iTunes Libray under "Books".

    4.     Connect your iPad to your computer

    5.     Sync iPad

    6.     After syncing, you should see the pdf title in the "Books" column under your iPad (in the menu bar on the left hand side)

     

    It's not elegant, but it does work - trust me.

  • Partypup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 11:03 PM (in response to Chelmo)

    Okay, I spoke too soon.  When I tried to open the pdf on my ipad the format was "not recognized".  Sorry, folks...

  • Partypup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 22, 2012 11:21 PM (in response to Chelmo)

    Just tweaked my strategy above, and this time I WAS able to save and open the pdf on my iPad.  I'm not sure, but my pdf may have gotten corrupted when I emailed it as an attachment to myself.  That is a risk when emailing anything.

     

    So my solution was to the website that I pulled the pdf from and download it again directly onto my desktop - no emailing involved.  When I did that and followed the other steps listed above, I was able to open on my iPad without a problem.

     

    I would recommend that folks first try emailing the pdf as an attachment.  It may work.  But if it doesn't, then the next step will be to get get the pdf onto your desktop - without emailing (whether that be a downloaded pdf from a website or from a CD, DVD, whatever).  From there, simply drag the pdf from your desktop into your iTunes library and proceed as I set forth in my first post.

     

    Sorry for the confusion as I walked everyone through my harebrained scheme.  Really wish Apple could come up with a more streamlined way to integrate this function on the Pad, itself.  My suspicion is that we are all slooooowly being set up to put all of our content on "the cloud" - and I have no intention whatsoever to comply with that directive.  I also have no intention of "upgrading" to the next version of any iPad OS software.  I have learned the hard way that any benefits to doing so are usually outweighed by the disadvantages.

  • Capt. Arty Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 29, 2012 4:44 PM (in response to Partypup)

    Tried exactly what you suggested and the only thing that changed was the word on top of the bookcase. It now says PDF instead of iBooks.

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    Jan 16, 2013 3:42 PM (in response to valiantcam)

    It seems all I needed to do was go to settings and as the youtube vid said synch bookmarks and synch collections and it's now on my iBooks shelf, thanks!!

  • Remcon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to Chelmo)

    You will have this problem if you are downloading with google chrome. Just use safari and it will automatically give you the option to save to iBooks.

  • petergood66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to Partypup)

    Wow. I thought iphone was meant to be easy! There's gotta be a simpler solution. I spend far too much time figuring out what should be a few simple steps on this phone and it's always a convoluted process.  Ugh.

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