iPad: Save a PDF to iBooks

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are electronic images of printed forms and documents. PDFs make it easy to share documents created in many different editing programs without requiring the editing program to view them. You can view a PDF file in any browser.

On the iPad, you can also save a PDF file to iBooks to store it and access it later. I often copy a PDF ebook from my computer to Dropbox and then import it to iBooks on my iPad to read on the go.

Save a PDF to iBooks from Safari

To save a PDF file to iBooks from the Safari browser:

  1. Open a link to a PDF file in Safari. The contents of the PDF file are displayed.
  2. Tap anywhere on the contents. A menu bar is displayed briefly on top of the article.
  3. Tap Open in iBooks. iBooks opens and the PDF file is displayed in iBooks.
  4. Tap Safari in the upper left corner to go back to the Safari browser.

Save a PDF to iBooks from Mail

To save a PDF file to iBooks from Mail:

  1. Open a message that contains a PDF file.
  2. Tap on the PDF file to open it.
  3. Tap the Share icon in the upper right corner. The Share menu opens.
  4. Tap Import with iBooks. iBooks opens and the PDF file is displayed in iBooks.
  5. Tap Mail in the upper left corner to go back to Mail.

Save a PDF to iBooks from Dropbox

To save a PDF file from Dropbox to iBooks:

  1. In Dropbox, open the PDF file you want to share.
  2. Tape the More menu (…) at the top right.
  3. Tap Export. The Share menu is displayed.
  4. Tap Open In… A second Share menu is displayed.
  5. Tap Import with iBooks. iBooks opens and the PDF file is displayed in iBooks.
  6. Tap Dropbox in the upper left corner to go back to Dropbox.

Cheatsheet

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iPad: Save a PDF to iBooks