How to Transfer From iTunes to iBooks on an iPad

By Sophie Southern

One benefit of the iPad is being able to read e-books and PDF files through Apple's free iBooks app. The iBooks app lets you buy e-books on the iBookstore directly through the app on your iPad, but you can also add your own e-books and PDFs to the iBooks app. You can use iTunes on your computer to sync your iPad and import your e-books and PDF files.

Step 1

Turn on your iPad. Connect it to your computer. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically and then slide the tab on your iPad's screen to the right to cancel the automatic sync.

Step 2

Click the device icon for your iPad in the left column of iTunes. Click the "Books" tab.

Step 3

Click the box next to "Sync Books." If you use the manual management feature, you can skip this step and opt for dragging and dropping files directly to your iPad.

Step 4

Select "All Books" to sync all of the books in your iTunes library automatically. Select "Selected Books" to sync only books and PDF files you specify. Check the box next to the book files you want to sync.

Step 5

Click the "Apply" button to sync your iPad and save your changes. Do not disconnect your iPad from your computer until the sync process is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've added PDF files or e-books to iTunes and they are not transferring to iBooks on your iPad, it might be because they are not categorized correctly. Select the files and then select "File" and "Get Info" from the top menu bar. Click the "Options" tab. Under "Media Kind," select "Books." Click "OK" to save your changes. Your files should now appear in the "Books" playlist.