Large textbooks on a PDF Reader

Discussion in 'iPad' started by shockedlattice, May 25, 2016.

  1. shockedlattice macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    Currently the owner of an iPhone 6+ and iPad 3. Entering medical school and have a large library of 1000+ page textbooks in PDF and ePub form that can be up to 350MB. My favorite PDF annotation software right now is PDF Expert 5 but it is very slow on the iPad and crashes constantly on the iPhone when I have any document greater than 50MB. Good reader is faster with less crashes but lacks continuous vertical scrolling and is not as smooth at annotating/highlighting IMO.

    Will an upgrade to an iPad Air 2 or 9.7" iPP be a worthwhile investment if this is my primary use for the iPad? Will I see a noticeable difference in PDF Expert? Ideally I would go to the Apple Store and load PDF Expert with one of my large PDFs onto their models and see the difference but I doubt they would let me. Any opinions are appreciated.

  2. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2016
    Unfortunately I don't have PDF Expert but I can confirm I have some very large (200MB+) PDFs in GoodReader on my iPad Air 2 and it works flawlessly. That said, I'm currently breaking my PDF textbooks down into chapters which makes things easier to read and easier on the system too.
  3. canuckRus macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2014
    Wonder if 14 day test drive would be of use?
  4. friedmud macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    I would go with the 12.9" iPad Pro. The extra RAM helps out quite a bit when reading large PDFs (I have huge textbooks I read in both Kindle and PDF Expert just fine on the 12.9" iPP)
  5. shockedlattice thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2015
    As much as I would love the 4GB RAM and USB 3 the extra size weight and cost of the 12.9" iPP rules it out. Thank you for the suggestion though. I'm sure the next 9.7" iPP will have more RAM but I could play that "the next one is better" waiting game forever.

    The idea of breaking my PDFs into smaller files by section/chapter is tempting, but is a huge task, and I want to be able to search an entire text for keywords all at once.

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