How to Download E-Books for an iPad

By Anne Hirsh

You can read many electronic book formats on your iPad, depending on which app or apps you choose to use for making eBook purchases. Most iPad book readers are free, so choose the one that you feel has the best reading interface based on your personal preference or the eBooks you already own. The process for getting new books to the app is similar across most eBook apps, but getting your existing library onto your iPad may vary, according to the app.

Step 1

Download an eBook app, such as iBooks, Kindle, Nook or Stanza from the App Store onto your iPad. You can download more than one, so consider testing out several to find out which ones have the best selection of books you like.

Step 2

Create an account with the service or sign in with your existing account, if prompted. The iBooks app uses your existing iTunes account, so sign in with the same username and password you use for your iPad apps and syncing. If you already have an account with Amazon, use your existing ID and password for the Kindle app.

Step 3

Tap either the "Store," "Browse" or "Shop" button, depending on the app you are using, to locate new books to download.

Step 4

Search for the books you want by author, title or topic.

Step 5

Tap the price, purchase or download button to begin the purchase process. For free books, you still need to sign in with your user ID or confirm your password.

Step 6

Tap "OK" or the similar option and enter any other required information to complete the purchase and begin the download. The book will automatically appear in the app's bookshelf or book list when the download is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • To download eBooks from a location other than an in-app store, such as directly from a publisher's website, tap the download link. After the eBook downloads and launches a preview, tap the "action button" in the upper right corner and choose your favorite eBook reader from the app list that appears. The iPad's software will send the book to that app, which will store it for future viewing.