How to Read PDF Files In iBooks On Your iPad 2

By Michael Porto

If you've been looking for a quick and easy way to view and read PDFs on your iPad 2, consider viewing them through a application called iBooks. Unfortunately, iBooks doesn't come installed on your device, but you can download it for free from Apple's website in a matter of minutes. Using iBooks, you will be able to download and read books as well as view any PDF saved to your iPad. By tweaking a few settings on your iPad 2, you can easily import your PDFs to iBooks for viewing purposes.

Step 1

Open iTunes on your computer and select "File" followed by "Add to Library." A browser menu will appear that will allow you to select files on your computer.

Step 2

Click the PDF file that you would like to view and then click "Choose."

Step 3

Click "Books" on your iTunes library menu. This will bring you to a list of all books that you have downloaded or imported into iTunes, including the one you just selected.

Step 4

Right-click the book and select "Get Info." You will see a new set of options appear in a dialog box.

Step 5

Set "Media Kind" to "Book" in the "Options" tab of the dialog box. iBooks will require the imported PDF file to be in this format.

Step 6

Add additional information about the PDF in the "Info" tab. This is not required by iBooks, but it might make things more organized once it's imported to iBooks. You can add information such as the name of the author, genre and title. Click "OK" when you are finished.

Step 7

Click your iPad 2 under "Devices" on the left pane in iTunes.

Step 8

Click the "Books" tab on the top menu.

Step 9

Click the "Sync" button in the lower right hand corner of the screen to import your books.

Step 10

Tap the iBooks icon on your iPad, then tap the "Collections" button. Tap the "PDFs" entry on the pop-up menu that appears.

Step 11

Tap the imported PDF's icon to open the PDF in iBooks on your iPad 2.