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Where do you put PDF books from iMac into iPad?

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Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,430 points)
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Feb 12, 2013 10:46 AM

How do you copy  PDF books from an iMac to an iPad?

 

I assume you open the iPad on the iMac's desktop and drop the books into the appropriate older  .  .  .  .  but what is that folder? (I'm enquiring for someone else, hence I don't know what they will be seeing).

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Little knowledge... many opinions.
  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,465 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    You can sync them via your Mac's iTunes, the iPad won't mount as a drive on a Mac - an iPad doesn't have a file system like a 'normal' computer, everything has to be stored within an app.

     

    If you want to sync them to the iBooks app on your iPad then you can add PDFs to your Mac's iTunes via File > Add To Library (they will go into the Books part of your library), and you can then sync them by connecting the iPad to your Mac and selecting it on the left-hand sidebar of your Mac's iTunes (if you have iTunes 11 on your Mac then you can enable the sidebar via option-command-S), and the using the Books tab on the right-hand side of iTunes to select and sync them.

     

    If you want them in a different app then how you get it there will depend upon what the app supports e.g. via the file sharing section at the bottom of the device's apps tab when connected to iTunes, via wifi, email, dropbox etc.

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:00 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    To transfer PDFs you need to sync them via iTunes. Open iTunes on the machine and add the PDFs to the iTunes library via the File->Add To Library option.

     

    When that is done you can sync the iTunes library to the iPad and the PDF's will appear in iBooks on the iPad.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4227

  • RyanManUtd Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:23 AM (in response to Phil0124)

    Can I join in the discussion ...

     

    Is it possible to do it without using iTunes ? Like getting a USB to the 32 pin connector ?

     

    Thanks

  • Alfred DeRose Level 5 Level 5 (5,590 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    @RyanManUtd - If you don't use Dropbox, iCloud or another cloud service, the easiest thing to do is email them to yourself. Open the email attachment and then select "Open in iBooks". The documents will be saved there for offline use later.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    RyanManUtd wrote:

     

    Can I join in the discussion ...

     

    Is it possible to do it without using iTunes ? Like getting a USB to the 32 pin connector ?

     

    Thanks

    Well, gee, iTunes exists for the purpose of transferring items to the iPad/iPod, etc.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:53 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    I use the free Adobe Reader app.  After you get the reader, go to the Apps tab in your computer's iTunes and scroll down.

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  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    RyanManUtd wrote:

     

    Can I join in the discussion ...

     

    Is it possible to do it without using iTunes ? Like getting a USB to the 32 pin connector ?

     

    Thanks

    Dropbox, box.net, sugarsync, iCloud, Google Drive, 4Shared, skydrive,... there are many free online storage services offering anywhere from 2Gb-5Gb+ of free storage, and many apps now support almost all of these (GoodReader, just as an example, also supports FTP/SFTP to any server you have storage on).

     

    Just sign up for one, and move files back and forth via online storage.

  • Phil0124 Level 6 Level 6 (9,570 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to RyanManUtd)

    No. The iPad can only read photos and videos from USB sticks or memory cards. It cannot read other types of files from a USB stick.

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