What type of file are the ebooks in?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by macswitcha2, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    The reason I ask is because I want to know if any .pdf file is treated as a ebook? For instance, say I was using an iPad and I opened up an email attachment or went into my e-learning account at school and downloaded a syllabus or a pdf file, would I be able to upoad it to ibook?
  2. Cander macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    iBook uses the ePub format. The PDF would have to be converted or opened with a PDF reader like GoodReader.
  3. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008

    So if I have good reader on iPad, it will automatically open the pdf file and store it in the iBooks shelves? I am wondering if pdf files that I get from school via e-learning can be organized using ibooks, as in them showing up stored in the library.
  4. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    The only format that iBooks can read is epub. If you can get a program on your desktop machine to convert PDF to epub, you can then drag the epub file into iTunes and it will sync into iBooks.
  5. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    BTW, I don't own an iPad, trying to see how I can use it and it it is a really a good alternative to carrying around a macbook.

    Ok...so basically find converting app and do what you said. I will do some searching...thanks.

    For everyone's information...I found this http://www.simplehelp.net/2010/04/0...-epub-files-to-read-on-your-ipad-with-ibooks/

    I think for me this will be a buying point.

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