Among Apple iPad/iPad 2’s many functions, one of the most attractive features for eBook enthusiast is its e-reading capability. Weighs a lot less and has a 10 hr battery life over regular laptop, iPad/iPad 2 is no doubt one of the best choice for read eBooks on subway or mini bus. The only fly in the ointment is that iPad/iPad 2 doesn’t support PDF files directly. In this article, we’ll discuss several ways for reading PDF files on iPad/iPad 2.
Reading PDF eBooks in Mail App on iPad/iPad 2
- Email PDF as an attachment to yourself you can open in iPad/iPad 2.
- Open PDF in the mail app.
- Click “Open In…” button on the top-right corner.
- Click iBooks.
- Okay, the PDF is saved and can be read from iBooks going forward.
Email PDF files to yourself for read on iPad/iPad 2 is awesome, but what about the 50mb or even bigger PDF files which cannot send to email addresses? Read on to get the alternative solutions.
Reading PDF eBooks with iPad/iPad 2 Apps
There are several eBook reading applications such as iBook, Good Reader and Stanza etc.
IBook app is Apple’s official eBook app, it has the nicest landscape mode and is the only app which allows in app purchasing of books. You can also add your own ePub contents via iTunes for reading on iPad/iPad 2. But it does not allow annotations. This iBook app is free.
Good Reader is great for reading PDFs, Word Docs, and other supported formats. You can transfer PDF files from the computer to Good Reader on the iPad/iPad 2 via iTunes or using your local Wi-Fi network if you have one. The software can also connect to your online accounts at Google Docs, Dropbox, etc. so you can download PDF files from these locations directly on to the iPad/iPad 2 and read them even while you are offline. Good Reader does not read ePub files.
Stanza App was developed for the iPhone, and so far has not announced plans to create an iPad/iPad 2-specific app, but readers will be able to run the iPhone app on the iPad/iPad 2. Stanza is free, and one of the most popular eBook apps in the iTunes store. It renders PDF pages extremely fast and has an integrated dictionary so you don’t have to quit the app to find a word meaning, you can easily arrange books in categories and it also display thumbnails of books and magazines.
Reading PDF eBooks on iPad/iPad 2 by Convert PDF to ePub
Another way to read PDF eBooks on iPad/iPad 2 is to convert PDF to iPad/iPad 2 compatible ePub format. There are numbers of tool to convert PDF files into ePub format. Among the many converters, a recommended is called Enolsoft PDF to EPUB for Mac, which provides an easier and quicker solution to convert Adobe PDF (including password protected PDF) into EPUB format for read on iPad/iPad 2.
Anyway, you are welcomed to some of your best ways for reading PDF eBooks on iPad/iPad 2 by commenting below.