How to Copy ePub Books to My iPad

By Spanner Spencer

The iPad has several e-book reading applications available at the iTunes App Store that are compatible with different types of e-book file formats. To read your existing library of e-books that are in the ePub file format, a compatible e-reader application must first be installed on the iPad. EPub files are denoted by the file extension ".EPUB" and can be transferred to your iPad from a computer via the iTunes multimedia-management software.

Third Party E-reader Applications

Step 1

Launch the App Store application on the iPad by tapping its icon on the home screen. Locate an ePub-compatible e-reader application, such as Stanza, QuickReader, Tomes or Kobo by browsing the App Store's categories or searching for a specific application. Once located, tap the "Free" button to install it.

Step 2

Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer if you don't already have it, following the installation instructions on the Apple website. If you have iTunes installed, update it to the latest version by clicking the "Help" button in the menu at the top of the window and clicking "Check for Updates." If any updates are available, allow iTunes to install them before continuing.

Step 3

Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable. ITunes adds the iPad to the "Devices" list in the left-hand column. Open the "Apps" tab in the main iTunes window, and scroll down to the "File Sharing" section.

Step 4

Select your e-reader application from the "Apps" list. Drag and drop your ePub files into the "Documents" box, and then click the "Sync" button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window. The ePub files transfer to the iPad, where they'll be accessible from within your e-reader app's library.

IBooks

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, or update your existing iTunes installation to its latest version. Launch iTunes once installation or updating has completed.

Step 2

Drag and drop your ePub files into the "Library" section at the top of the left-hand column in iTunes.

Step 3

Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable. ITunes adds the iPad to the "Devices" list in the left-hand column. Open the "Books" tab in the main iTunes window, and check the "Sync Books" box.

Step 4

Click the "Sync" button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window to send the ePub files to the iPad, where they'll be accessible from within the iBooks application.

Tips & Warnings

  • The iBooks application is automatically installed on the iPad as part of its firmware as of version 4.2. If you don't have the latest iPad firmware, download iBooks free from the App Store.
  • Many e-reader applications are also compatible with other e-book file formats, which can be transferred to the iPad using the same methods described here.