5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2013 4:35 PM by Tom Gewecke
karstenjensen.dk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Forgive me if this question is posted the wrong place but I cannot seem to find a better place.

 

I am working as a voulunteer in a NGO and we would like to publish our quartly magazine as a PDF in iTunes so it can be downloaded via iTunes/App Store and read in iBooks - or at the iPad / iPhone. The publication is for free.

 

Unfortunately it is NOT an option for us to use iAuthor since our editor produces the magazine in Word and converts it into a PDF-file. And we would like if it was possible to download on to your iPad / iPhone in a vary easy way.....

 

Any suggestions?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,455 points)

    Apple does not accept pdf format for publications.  Only .epub and .ibooks.  If you want to distribute .pdf you have to email it to the recipients or put it on your own web page for download or use a file sharing service like dropbox.

  • publishorperish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    But that leads to a follow-on question: This being true, why can we get pdf publications in iBooks? There's a whole page devoted to them.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,455 points)

    publishorperish wrote:

     

    why can we get pdf publications in iBooks? There's a whole page devoted to them.

     

    I'm not sure what you are referring to.  Apple has made the iBooks app able to read pdf files, so you can keep them with your books in a separate "collection" if you want to.  There are now a huge number of other apps that can read pdf files, most of them probably better than iBooks.   But Apple isn't interested in distributing this format via the iBookstore.

  • publishorperish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the clarification. I'm a newbie in Mac/iBooks arena, and there's a lot to learn. I had noticed that some documents I purchased from other sources downloaded and automatically tucked themselves into the pdf page in iBooks. This must be some "magic" in their download scripts to do this. This is the entirety of my interest; I'm working to publish my books as iBooks and care only to make that process a smooth and profitable one. Thanks again for your courteous and prompt reply.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,455 points)

    publishorperish wrote:

     

    some documents I purchased from other sources downloaded and automatically tucked themselves into the pdf page in iBooks. This must be some "magic" in their download scripts to do this.

     

    Yes, normally you have to tap on the downloaded pdf file and then you get a choice of various apps to read it with, including iBooks.