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Geo Mac Level 1 (0 points)

How do I import a PDF to my iBook author and retain the ability to read page by page like a photo gallery

mini, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Fabe Level 3 (620 points)

    PDF import is not available in iBooks Author. So you can not do as you ask at this time.

    Give Apple feedback on this at:

    Also, see this thread:

    - Fabe

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    If you don't mind taking the long route....pdf to calibre to pages to iBA...


  • Barnheisel Level 2 (240 points)

    IBA does not suport multi page pdfs, it will ony show the first page.


    I think your best option is rebuilding the multi page pdf as a keynote and import that into IBA


    then you will be able to page through like a gallery.


    how many pages is the pdf? is it text heavy or photo heavy?

  • Geo Mac Level 1 (0 points)

    KT I am sorry if I am being stupid I converted to EPub but have lost all the graphics it is a very graphic heavy 200 page document.  Should I convert to another format to retain the graphics.  Someone else suggested converting to keynote but not sure how to do this either.

  • Geo Mac Level 1 (0 points)

    200 pages and photo heavy....

  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)

    Try this instead...


    • Open your PDF in Preview (the application) - select all and copy to the clipboard.


    • Create a new document in Pages...paste and verify. Save that document.


    • Create a new book in iBA (template choice is yours) - use the menu to 'Insert Chapter From Pages or WORD document'. ...locate the Pages file you just saved and go.


    I've used this with very little issue, so I know it works...images and all. I'd be interested in how it turns out for your use, tho, thanks and good luck.

  • phck Level 1 (0 points)

    didn't work for me though

  • Barnheisel Level 2 (240 points)

    Do you want to convert the PDF to a entire 200 page ibook or have the PDF as a widget inside a ibook on a single page and be able to page through that pdf/widget like the gallery widget?


    I may have misunderstood you, I thought the later.


    to convert to a entire book, KT's method would be the way to go,

    I could not get it to work, (lost the graphics, and strange formattting) but I may have been doing something wrong. tried it a few times with different multi page PDFs.


    another issue is the change in format if the original PDF is 8.5 x 11 (portrait) and IBA being landscape etc.

    Good luck

  • phck Level 1 (0 points)

    could have been a page size issue

    • adapt page size in Pages of Word to the original Pdf page size
    • then paste the copy from preview

    tried that: close but no sigar

    still layout issues

  • Fernando Gol Level 1 (0 points)


  • Fernando Gol Level 1 (0 points)

    Can you put the audio to work throughout the reading of the chapter? Today, when I change the page, the audio stops

  • Estrella0182 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is a free ebook conversion tool for you.

    You can easily convert your ebook from pdf to epub.


    Free Online Ebook Converter


    It provides you with the best PDF to epub converting experience.

  • Bruce Boogie Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm just creating a sort of comic book from a load of PDF pages from the paper publisher.


    I trimmed to as near iPad format as possible and have loaded them up a page at a time - 48 pages.


    Its all working fine albeit each page takes 2 seconds or so to load. Each page is around 2Mb and I need high resolution for enlarging and possibly projecting.


    The author is fine with the work but I'm not happy with the TOC as its difficult to link the contents to the TOC as there are no proper "Chapters" AND NO TEXT!


    The PDFs loaded into iBA fine!


    Good luck



  • AdamSaltman Level 1 (0 points)

    I found what I think is an easy way to put PDFs into your iBook...

    1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat

    2. Save the PDF as a JPG (or other photo format), using the same name. Acrobat will save a series of individual JPG files, one for each page of the PDF, as an image.

    3. Create a Gallery widget on the page in iBooks Author where you want to put the PDF.

    4. Drag the image files onto the Gallery widget.



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