How to add PDF files to read in iBooks on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone

This brief tutorial will show you how to add PDF files to iBooks so that you can read them on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone.

Note: there’s also a nifty way to use Dropbox to add PDF files to iBooks – but if it’s a large PDF file, you’ll probably want to stick with the method outlined below.

  1. First up – we’re going to make the assumption that you have iBooks installed on your iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone. If you don’t, click here to install it.
  2. Now open up iTunes. Select File -> Add to Library….
  3. Navigate to the PDF file(s) you want to add to iBooks. You can select more than one file, or select an entire folder. Once you’ve made your selection, click Choose.
  4. Now select Books from your iTunes Library. You should see the PDF file(s) that you just added, now listed.

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  6. Right-click (ctrl+click for single-button Mac folks) on the newly added PDF and select Get Info.
  7. First select the Options tab. Make sure that the Media Kind: is set to Book.

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  9. Now select the Info tab. From here you can add any missing info – the authors name, the published year etc. When you’re done, click OK.

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  11. Almost done. Now select your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone from the Devices list in iTunes. Select the Books tab from the list at the top. Make sure that Sync Books is checked. If you want to sync all of the books you’ve added to iTunes, select All Books and then click the Sync button. If you want to only sync specific books, choose Selected Books and then place a check next to each of the books you want to sync (and then click the Sync button).

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  13. Now open iBooks. You’ll see a PDFs button at the top. Tap it.

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  15. You’ll be presented with a list of all the PDFs you added via iTunes. Tap one of them..
  16. and it will open in iBooks. At any point in time you can tap the screen and a menu will appear at the top. From here you can change the displays brightness, search the PDF, bookmark a page etc.

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  18. That’s it – you’re done!
{ 259 comments… add one }
  • Meggeler June 22, 2010, 9:38 am

    I can’t get the PDF files to show up in the ipad Books tab for sync. iTunes seems to know they are books, marked etc, but for some reason the sync processes ignores them.

  • Ross McKillop June 22, 2010, 9:48 am

    Meggeler – are you using iTunes 9.2 and iBooks 1.1? You’ll need to make sure both are totally up to date.

  • Meggeler June 22, 2010, 9:49 am

    Sorry, my fault – didn’t get the the new version of iBook. Works now.

  • Sun876 June 22, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Hey none of my books are showing up in iBooks.

    yes i hav iTunes 9.2

    and iBooks 1.1

    Thanks! a great guide!

  • Ross McKillop June 22, 2010, 2:21 pm

    @Sun876 – is there a PDF tab in iBooks at all?

  • Sun876 June 22, 2010, 2:40 pm

    noo there is no PDF tab, theres jst the Edit Store tabs on top… thats it :S

  • Nomi June 22, 2010, 4:59 pm

    I second the above two comments, pdf may be for ipad only. I have iphone and there r no pdf files there but itunes shows books in my memory. I have followed all the steeps u said exactly. But y no pdf tab?!!

  • Ross McKillop June 22, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Nomi –

    If you look at the screenshots at: you’ll see that they were taken using an iPhone (notice the 3G in the corner etc). You may need to check for updates to make sure you do have the very latest version of iBooks, which came out yesterday.

  • Meggeler June 22, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Nomi – it takes my 2gen iPod Touch to finally show the pdfs. My iPad is at lest 2x quicker :)

  • berol June 23, 2010, 4:08 am

    Tanx … a lot

  • Nomi June 23, 2010, 7:04 am

    Thnx Every1, Although I followed all the steps correctly, turns out problem was with my jailbreak! Now a new version is released redsn0w-0.9.5b5-4 which has fixed my problem. CIao

  • Adam June 23, 2010, 10:56 am

    If you are having the iBooks PDF problem it is probably due to jailbreak. Fix here

  • Don June 23, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Can you do the opposite? On the iPad save a PDF opened from a web page to iBooks, to be synced to your PC later?

  • Ross McKillop June 23, 2010, 11:37 pm

    Don – Assuming you have iTunes set to sync all your books, yes, a PDF file added to iBooks via Safari or an email etc, will be transferred to your PC/Mac the next time you sync.

  • SarahEL June 24, 2010, 12:44 am

    Thank!! A well written tutorial!!! It was a bit of a pain for the first one, with so many stepd. But the second one took a matter of seconds.

  • Kajitha June 24, 2010, 7:39 am

    hey i’ve followed your steps but when i click sync books it warns me that all my songs and movies will be deleted. Is there anyway i can sync my pdfs without deleting everything else?

  • Kajitha June 24, 2010, 7:46 am

    oh nevermind i fixed it

    thanks for the tutorial!

  • Joe June 26, 2010, 2:55 pm

    THANKS! Very Helpful!!!!

  • Daniel June 27, 2010, 5:52 am

    Thanks excellent tutorial – works great as long as you don’t create any custom genres for your PDFs. Once I categorised my PDFs into a pre-existing genre, they magically appeared (after a few seconds delay.)

  • Lorenzo June 27, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Thanks, for your helpful tutorial. All of my movies, music, audiobooks and TV shows have now been removed from my iPhone. There’s hours of work that I have to look forward to.

  • Jasperv July 12, 2010, 9:50 am


    I read your description and it seems to be a good one. However, I have a little problem. I’m a windows user, and when I look at my iTunes library, it only contains:
    music, movies, tv shows, apps & podcasts, and not books. Do you have an idea on how to include the section books to my iTunes library.

  • sidesey July 12, 2010, 7:11 pm

    Brilliant thanks for the info, worked a treat.

  • mimi July 14, 2010, 6:29 pm

    1. I follow all the steps and still can’t see my pdf files in ibook on my ipod touch 3rd (gen with latest software), though I can see my pdf books under “books” icon in my itunes; Is books in itunes different than ibooks in ipod’s application?
    2. In my ipod touch 3rd, I cannot see “books” icon in the home page. I can only access ibook from applications, which means I will need to use wifi to connect it. Can’t I download free books to my ipod touch if the book is free and read it offline?
    3. My ipod touch doesn’t connect my home wifi even after I gives password for wifi. Don’t know what to do now.

    Can anyone help? thank you.

  • mimi July 14, 2010, 8:39 pm

    sorry, i was wrong. i can read ibook samples from ipod touch when I am off line and the ibook icon is shown on my ipod. But I still can’t import my own pdf files from my itunes into my ipod. i don’t know where went wrong.

  • Hasn July 17, 2010, 12:41 pm

    a very much thank you
    great work, nice and simple

  • Kiliman July 20, 2010, 10:56 am

    @Jasperv: To add “Books” to your library, open iTunes, select Edit > Preferences, then in the General tab, check “Books” and click Ok. It will now show up in the Library pane.

  • Faisal July 21, 2010, 12:05 pm

    Thanks alot bro … really great tips !!

  • neil July 21, 2010, 6:31 pm

    nice and simple for a new too iphone person. thanks

  • Don July 22, 2010, 6:02 pm

    Great instructions. Thank you for writing this up; it worked like a charm!

  • Steve Ducharme July 22, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Thank you for this information – this is very valuable; just got my iPad and I have a lot of PDFs so knowing this process is very helpful.

  • Mike Moon July 25, 2010, 2:02 am

    Thanks for the post it was very helpful, I have got my PDF’s on my IPAD now.

  • Gaila July 26, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Thank you so much for your help! I’ve been trying all day to get Stanza to work on my phone and toyed around with other readers in the process. I finally downloaded ibooks but worried about converting my pdf files. Thanks to your tutorial, I had them on my itouch in minutes.

  • Renjith July 28, 2010, 12:55 pm

    man you have saved my life… i’ve been trying all my best to put my pdf files into ibooks for past 1 month but no use.. its was so easy the way u told… thanks alot.. dude..

  • Mano July 28, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Thank You. It worked.

  • Frank Farm July 29, 2010, 2:25 am

    Thanks, this was very helpful!

  • Baqasah August 3, 2010, 9:15 am

    Thanks a lot

  • svik August 4, 2010, 1:35 pm

    i find it difficult to understand that such an advanced company as apple needs to do the transfer between systems this difficult. it is stone age

  • Marcus August 18, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Yeah… it works

  • Elaine August 21, 2010, 1:04 pm

    This totally worked and your steps were detailed and clearly explained – thank you so much!!!

  • Rick August 22, 2010, 8:07 am

    I put some pdf’s into my iphone 4 library, which is great. I put them in via email, now I would like to email one of them from my iphone 4 to someone, is it possible to email a pdf from my iphone?

  • Jadzia August 30, 2010, 4:41 pm

    This works like a charm! Thanks so much for sharing such a useful tutorial.

  • Cathy Marshall August 31, 2010, 10:11 am

    This is great. I get a lot of PDF’s to review for work. But when I open a PDF(email attachment), I can’t see any of the check boxes! Any suggestions?

  • CaN September 1, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Super help! Clear and accurate. Thanks!

  • EP September 6, 2010, 2:21 am

    i have performed this process. thanks very much. my problem now is to fit the book pages to the iphone window. it’s such a hassle to enlarge the font (for it to be readable) and then have to move from side to side i can read it. is there a way to do it? is converting my pdf to epub first will help? thanks a lot for your help.

  • Meena R September 6, 2010, 6:08 am

    Thank you so much for this. One of the best and easiest tutorials. Can you please do a similar one on how to transfer VCDs to my ipad? would be eternally grateful!

  • iPod Newbie September 23, 2010, 5:00 am


    The sync didn’t work for me (iPod Touch 4th Gen), but just by dragging my pdf from the PC library to the iPod, it worked.

  • J Gray September 25, 2010, 4:38 pm

    I’m using iTunes v10 which allows the user to drag and drop a pdf straight into it which can then be added to any iTunes device, however the pages of the pdf are not scaled for my iPhone screen as (as far as I can see) all iBooks do.
    Hmmm… OK they are scaled to fit the whole page onto the screen but it is unreadable as it is too small.
    Is there a way (app?) to trim each pdf page so it fits without having to finger pinch the screen to zoom in and then continually scroll the page both left/right and up/down to read the pdf?

  • Luke September 26, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Sweet, thanks for the very helpful tutorial…so easy when you know how!

  • VJ September 29, 2010, 6:23 am

    Fantastic post. Works!

  • Mayur October 8, 2010, 1:57 am

    Thanks man u r gr8

  • Sheila October 19, 2010, 10:41 am

    I was able to load all my magazine PDFs to my IPAD but none of the photos in the pdfs show up. How can I get them to show up?

  • Henry October 27, 2010, 9:19 am

    Can I email a PDF file on iBooks to a friend?

  • KarenK November 10, 2010, 11:58 am

    or… you could buy goodreader for $1.99…

  • Seith November 23, 2010, 2:58 pm

    Brilliant thank you – couldn’t find this

  • Filip November 29, 2010, 8:44 am

    Thanks! The guide worked perfectly for my iPad.

    I’d been trying to get some PDF books onto it for quite some time now.

  • Shawn Ang November 29, 2010, 9:22 pm

    Thank you very much. It explains everything here in detail! :)

  • karma December 13, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much. I did it on iphone 4 and it worked.

  • BizoBravo December 22, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Excellent!! Thank you very much kind sir, your solution to adding pdf documents onto my ipod touch was fairly easy and understandable!! Now I shall be able to read manuscripts and manuals easily and all thanks be unto you!!

  • DDD December 29, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Finally, real advice.That worked awesomely, thank you.

  • Vanessa January 2, 2011, 5:54 pm

    Thanks a lot, this was incredibly helpful!

  • Claire January 4, 2011, 10:56 am

    Thank you for sharing! Tha’s really helpful!

  • Rab January 7, 2011, 10:42 am

    Cheers mate..!

  • Rich January 7, 2011, 10:54 am

    Good, clear advice – thanks.


    I want to transfer PDFs into iBooks using my computer at work. When I enable the ‘sync books’ option I get a warning that all the existing books already on my phone will be erased!

    Any ideas?

    Thanks :-)

  • A. January 7, 2011, 2:16 pm

    Thank you so much! Very Helpful :)

  • munni January 11, 2011, 10:11 am

    thnx man it worked

  • Kya January 13, 2011, 4:33 am

    Thank you very much for writing this helpful guide, I was able to add PDF files to my iBooks library. :)

  • Gail February 12, 2011, 6:23 pm

    I followed this note and now I cannot sync my books without deleting all my photos and music!!! While it is nice to have the PDF manuals I want on my iPhone, it is NOT nice to have to recover 3000+ photos and 1000+ songs every time I want to add a new manual.

    You can read PDFs WITHOUT doing damage to your system; the capability is built into the iPhone. Just send it as an attachment. Not the nice organization but infinitely less hassle….

  • skiddee February 16, 2011, 7:16 am


  • keith jayson hidalgo February 26, 2011, 8:43 pm

    it really works. hey bro. your the best, this is the best one. thanx.

  • Gil March 6, 2011, 9:05 am

    Thanks a lot…

  • who March 7, 2011, 2:41 am

    Great man, thanks

  • unknowntheartist March 13, 2011, 12:16 am

    OMG, thankyou so much for this tutorial. My other half showed me all the way up until adding the pdf to library and then just gave up. But I have got it going now, so thanks so much!!!

  • amal March 14, 2011, 8:42 am

    Thanks a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elliot March 16, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Excellent instructions! Spot on. Worked without a hitch. Thanks because I was clueless otherwise.

  • Suzanne L. March 24, 2011, 11:41 am

    Another way to read a PDF file is to upload it to your web host/server and read it through the browser. That’s what I’ve done. I try to use iTunes as little as possible. ;)

  • Carlos March 28, 2011, 11:55 am

    se me hace mejor el app que baje recientemente. les recomiendo el app MisDocumentos para iphone y ipad. Esta muy buena y en espanol. Con este app yo guardo y leo archivos de excel, word, powerpoint y pdf. Es como si tuvieras el folder “My Documents” pero en iphone y sin tener que hacer jailbreak

  • Subtzi April 4, 2011, 5:52 pm

    Hey , I did everything you said over there , the book shows up in my Ibooks library ..but when i select it it frezzes . and then the screen of my iphone turns black and exits the application. btw from what i could of see the pages are white .. nothing written on them .
    It would be great if you could help me .. :D

  • thomas April 4, 2011, 10:16 pm

    ppl complaining of them having to delete things before transfering is because you have to tie your iphone to 1 computer it will delete everything everytime you switch comps it is so you dont go around to all your buddies comps and take there music and then back to your comp and sync it to you basically pirating stuff.. sucks for us but can see what they are trying to do :)

  • Matthew May 3, 2011, 7:58 pm

    Thank you so much! This worked so well! Now I have Frankenstein on my iPod Touch!

  • Patrick May 5, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Hi there,

    I did it all but it wiped out my music plus it says that the format is not recognized or is invalid?!

  • Patrick May 5, 2011, 3:28 pm

    Never mind. I figured it out. I still lost all my music though :(

  • Sweetie Gems May 12, 2011, 12:58 am

    Thank you for the clear instructions. Got my pdf onto the iPad on first try ! Personally, I don’t like having multiple apps for different things when they can be done in one so this is great!!

  • Radhika Ganesan May 12, 2011, 5:23 am

    Really Helpful ! Thanks !

  • Madhab May 17, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Thanks a lot…It helped…

  • mmwk June 5, 2011, 8:46 am

    Hmm… So does this mean Apple has access to what you’re reading and can profile you based upon that (or even report you if.. it seems somewhat illegal ?)

  • JJ June 15, 2011, 3:09 pm

    helpful! merci

  • ndt June 27, 2011, 12:01 pm


  • Rachel July 8, 2011, 1:59 pm

    My problem is that my pdfs are never big enough for me to actually read. Can you help me figure out a way to fix this?

  • Ambarish July 15, 2011, 2:56 pm

    Thank you very much……..:) I was able to load all my Pdf’s easily… Thnx again…Good Luck

  • sm August 9, 2011, 10:07 pm

    OK, this is good info and it is working fine for adding PDFs one at a time…..I have tried to add an entire folder with NO results. I choose “add folder to library” and choose the folder to add then click “open” or “ok” but NOTHING happens! Pulling my hair out….suggestions?????

  • Peyman August 16, 2011, 6:35 am

    Tnx a lot

  • Mar August 17, 2011, 6:27 am

    Please, can anybody tell me how to rename pdf in the ibooks?
    Thank you

  • Michael September 1, 2011, 5:14 am

    Thanks so much for this–I deserve the $2.99 loss for not searching a bit more. Bought an app for nothing!! I would’ve gladly submitted it to you for this info! Thanks again!!!

  • Ricardo September 14, 2011, 5:26 am

    I’m actually almost done. How can I add notes on pdf files using ibooks?

  • Anuradha September 14, 2011, 2:46 pm

    It doesnt seem to work for me.. it says all the earlier data will be erased… How do i do this ?? Coz when i go to sync the books to the itouch 4G… i can click on the check boxes… please help.

  • Ez3e September 14, 2011, 3:26 pm

    So cool my brother

    Peace up!

  • Mario September 21, 2011, 5:12 am

    Is nice that you make this info, kuz i was looking for something like this, thanks

  • Amruddin September 29, 2011, 3:12 am

    Thanks to all its realy usefull.

  • Peter Mitchell October 12, 2011, 9:17 am

    Fantastic help. Finally managed to figure out how to get PDF’s on my iPod Touch

    Cheers again

  • Jx October 13, 2011, 6:12 am

    I tried changing the Artwork of the pdf file but it dont seem to work. Any idea how can i change the Thumbnail of the pdf file?

  • sunil October 15, 2011, 9:28 am

    Hey Friends, it’s really easy to put the PDF files in your iPod touch. Manke sure you have the iBook app (can downoad for free from Itunes store and just takes 5 minutes to install in iPod touch). What you have to do is:
    1. Connect Ipod touch with PC and make sure iTunes is runing. (iTunes 10 and later versions+iOS 4.2 or later)
    2. In iTunes, click on the books option in left side menu items.
    3. Drag your PDF files in the books, your PDF books with pictures will be displayed there.
    4. Select your iPod touch in itunes-> go to Books section in iTunes and click on Sync.
    5. All your PDF books from iPod Tuoch will be moved in iBooks library.
    Open and enjoy :)

  • Selfishson October 20, 2011, 3:50 am

    Thanks a lot. This really helped out.

  • Alan October 24, 2011, 10:41 am

    iBooks is one of the better pdf readers but if only it would display a double page spread like CloudReaders App. Anyone know of anything better? Thanks

  • Vhee November 2, 2011, 6:08 am

    Thank you for this VERY VERY helpful info. I just got my iPad yesterday and was close to pulling my hair out because I couldn’t figure out why I could not add my PDF files to my iPad (I’m a first time apple user, apart from my little iPod shuffle which I believe doesn’t really count!) This has been REALLY helpful, and I’ve been googling and visiting sites all morning to try and figure this out.

    Thank you again!!

  • Chauncey November 8, 2011, 11:46 am

    after emassing a collection of ebooks i thought i’d put them on my ipod and this REALLY helped because i couldnt figure out how to do it. now i can go anywhere and have my books with me. thanks!

  • tplady November 24, 2011, 10:30 am

    Thanks so much! I really have no idea how to transfer all my massive collection of e-books into my itouch, I tried ‘Stanza’ but i couldn’t navigate through it properly and my listing turned into this huge jumbled mess! But with this tutorial on iBooks I got to transfer all of them in just a few minutes and went straight to reading! Thanks again!

  • Andrea December 2, 2011, 11:39 am

    Very helpful – Thank you!

  • Very Thankful December 3, 2011, 2:13 am

    Thanks! Great help!!

  • Lance December 10, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Thank You for this wonderful tutorial…Cheers!

  • Greg M December 17, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Very very helpftul. Thanks.

  • rayed December 31, 2011, 5:55 pm

    that was more then helpful thanks a lot

  • Ray L. January 3, 2012, 6:00 pm

    This is great help and it worked perfectly. Thank you.

  • Leland January 4, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Thanks! What a great tip, and simple, easy-to-follow tutorial!

  • Sasha January 5, 2012, 11:03 pm

    Some kind of weird error is coming up and the pages are blank. Nothing is working. the name of the book is showing up as weird characters

  • andre January 17, 2012, 7:31 am

    Thanks, great help

  • Aster January 20, 2012, 8:37 am

    Thank you :)

  • Judd January 23, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I did everything as shown but for some reason nothing is showing in my ibooks. It shows that they are in there in the books tab in itunes though.

  • R.A.Khavar-Nejad January 24, 2012, 7:33 am

    Splendid enough ta maintain my contact with ” Simplehelp”

  • Ooz January 27, 2012, 12:03 am

    You are a GENIUS!!!!
    Thanks from Ohio

  • Sarai S. January 30, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Wowww thanks so much!

  • kathy January 31, 2012, 11:22 pm

    My I pad wants to delete the books that I already have in my i book is there a way around that as I have not read all of them yet.

  • Jamie February 4, 2012, 2:21 am


  • iPod Shuffle Manual February 9, 2012, 8:40 am

    my ipod shuffle becomes unresponsive, I cant turn it off! I Can only somehow control my ipod with the remote on my headphones… is there a soulution ?

  • Kate February 10, 2012, 10:23 am

    Brilliant thank you – but be careful syncing books first time coz mine wanted to delete all my songs etc and I have a thousand of them, all painstakingly selected from my iTunes as I don’t just add every album I have! Once added to the library just drag and drop from library/books to the iPhone icon as previously mentioned by someone here, quick and easy

  • marielle February 24, 2012, 2:40 pm

    very helpful and so easy to follow.. thanks guys for sharing ^^

  • Nisha March 1, 2012, 4:06 am

    Hi, I tried getting my pdfs into iBooks by downloading them as an attachment in my email from Safari, and it worked, but it wasn’t zoomed in at a nice size like all the iBook books are, and I was hoping your instructions would fix that problem, but they haven’t and it’s still exactly the same as my method. Is there any way to make it so that I don’t have to zoom in, and then constantly be moving the page to the side and down to be able to read?

  • Anam March 14, 2012, 6:27 am

    But there is a PROBLEM.. If I choose to sync books then I get the warning that ALL MY SONGS AND MOVIES WILL BE DELETED. I don’t want them to be deleted. Any other way PLEASE??

  • Dale March 15, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Worked great. Thanks.

  • toangs March 24, 2012, 7:45 am

    thanks so much

  • Richard April 1, 2012, 4:31 am

    Doesn’t work. Seems the iTunes PC version doesn’t have a Devices Tab/Section whatever.
    Stupid incompatible Apple. I hate my new iPad.

  • Philip Jelovsek April 25, 2012, 11:29 pm

    Excellently explained and simple to follow. Thank you for taking the time to write this up.

  • Vanillamonkee April 29, 2012, 9:41 am

    Richard…when you plug the iPad into your PC and bring up ITunes you will see your IPad listed to the left under “my devices”

  • Adam May 24, 2012, 7:42 pm

    Thanks, this was a great help. And really simple to follow.

  • tarn May 28, 2012, 12:47 am

    thank you !!! this is really helpful for me :)

  • Narayanan June 4, 2012, 10:41 pm

    This is great. very helpful

  • wanc June 22, 2012, 4:22 am

    thank you!!!

  • Phoebe June 22, 2012, 7:43 am

    This was very helpful! Thank you so much! Now I can read textbooks through my phone! :D

  • Sandy July 5, 2012, 9:59 pm

    This was very helpful, thank-you!

  • Leo July 12, 2012, 11:03 pm


  • sd4uaa July 19, 2012, 5:20 am

    thank you very much.this is amazing.

  • oldkid6 July 19, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Jesus, thank you lord.

  • gem July 21, 2012, 3:32 am

    thanks so much :)

  • Bob July 26, 2012, 2:23 am

    Super amazing tutorial! Thank you so much! This really helped! 

  • Ava July 30, 2012, 12:12 pm


  • Matts2gr8 August 3, 2012, 11:58 am

    I didnt find this helpful at all. the version of itunes your using is old and is not set up at all like the new version.

  • Sk Bailey August 4, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Awesome post!  Thank you!

  • Mrsclassicscrazy August 5, 2012, 7:29 pm

     I got this message the 1st time I tried.  I hadn’t read the instructions correctly.  I hadn’t added the books to the Library on Itunes on my PC desktop first.   When I did that it worked.  Only problem is the print is small.

  • Mrsclassicscrazy August 5, 2012, 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the help.  Instruction clear, only problem is iBooks imports it in small print and I can’t figure out how to enlarge it

  • Anonykous Coward August 7, 2012, 8:55 pm

    You, sir, are a nincompoop if you lack the nous to apply the instructions provided to a newer version of iTunes.

  • Alicat2911 August 8, 2012, 1:50 am

    Ironic that you choose the ‘How to on Windows 7’ book.

  • Lisbeth August 8, 2012, 1:24 pm

    very awesome :)

  • Deeroyals August 8, 2012, 6:41 pm

     This is sooo cute- and so wonderfully “old school.”

  • Angaddev August 9, 2012, 11:20 am

    Very nice tutorial, Natts2gr8, it’s you who has an old itunes version not us.

  • Lanara August 14, 2012, 7:16 am

     i agree..  i have the latest version of i-tunes 5.1.1   I cant even find the “sync” tab.  I went through the whole thing step by step and am more frustrated than when I started.  I got an I-pod, not for music of games, but for my school work so that i would not have to lug my laptop around with me.     If this is the correct tutorial for i-pod 3rd generation 32gb.. can someone tell me where I went wrong?  i was able to get as far as “sync books” and as I said, the tab is not there.

  • Lanara August 14, 2012, 7:30 am

     leave it to me to fine my mistake right after I post.  Mattsgr8,   when he says to go to the “Books” after you click on your i-pod name, he is not talking about where it is listed directly under your device name..he is talking about in the main window at the top.  click there and it will open up the way it is displayed in this tutorial.  then you can sync it.

  • gs August 15, 2012, 10:34 pm

    Great, it worked for me. Thanks a lot the info.

  • MarvinG September 1, 2012, 1:18 am

    Excellent tutorial. This concept worked perfectly with the iPad 3 syncing from Windows 7.

  • Richard September 1, 2012, 10:01 am

    Thank you for this tutorial. This site is the best. :)

  • Sam77 September 13, 2012, 2:16 pm

    That was clear and easy to follow. Thank you. I mean that sincerely. But What a Stinking Hassle!!! Has Apple never heard of “drag & drop???!!”

  • Kaizaad Kermani October 3, 2012, 5:55 am

    thank you

  • Rachel Z October 4, 2012, 3:04 am

    will this work in iPad 1? I followed all the directions but no PDF button appears on the top of the BOOKs page. It also gives me no error message.

  • Jasmine October 11, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Awesome tutorial!! Thanks :)

  • dudemandude October 29, 2012, 11:28 am

    i am running up to date vista and most up to date itunes 10.7. when I choose the folder of pdf files, the files dont get added to itunes. I follow the extremely simple instructions to a T and they don’t get added.

  • Steve November 7, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Beautifully done! Thanks!!

  • Guest November 7, 2012, 7:55 pm

    Great tutorial, thanks!

  • Erin Jory November 25, 2012, 4:32 am


  • Jitendra November 26, 2012, 12:52 am

    Great info. That helped.

  • Gaston December 2, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Awesome! Very helpful and easily explained! Thank you!

  • Danielle December 6, 2012, 4:30 pm

    Thank you so much! This tutorial was very helpful and easy to understand! :))
    I can finally use my vacant time to review my professors’ slides in my phone. :)

  • Arif Armaan December 17, 2012, 4:03 pm

    thank you, helped a lot and solved my problem.

  • bhanu December 19, 2012, 11:20 am

    nice one …. very thankful you

  • sd January 2, 2013, 2:19 pm

    Perfect – thank you. Great instrucions and worked perfectly for me to upload pdfs from itunes11 to ipad :)

  • mo January 7, 2013, 9:54 pm

    Very helpful :) thanks!

  • TLB January 14, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I was able to drag and drop mine on my Mac from the Documents file. Easy!

  • QPAT12 January 18, 2013, 2:58 am

    this was very useful..thanks…using the new version and it was still quite easy to go through

  • Mtn Bike Lisa January 19, 2013, 1:00 am


  • Prem Krishna Chettri January 20, 2013, 12:09 am

    Very Helpful

  • Mukesh February 1, 2013, 5:18 pm

    Good tips. Thannks

  • QG February 3, 2013, 12:03 pm

    Thanks so much!!! This is great!!!

  • Kitkat February 9, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Thanks man! You just made my day :)

  • chels February 24, 2013, 6:45 pm


  • Nile February 25, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Great, thanks!

  • Harry March 2, 2013, 11:24 pm

    This set-up process is a little slow, a faster way is to download ibooks onto your device then open safari and open the link to the pdf. Once its loaded at the top of the page under the address bar to the right there is a button for “open in ibooks” or just open in. Select open in ibooks and then the pdf is auto saved offline for future reading, less steps, no computer involved and easier.

  • Daphne March 7, 2013, 6:22 pm

    FINALLY! I’ve been told before to use all kinds of apps to read my PDF books on my iPad and I hated every single one of them, specially txtr, this is simple and works perfectly.

    Thank you so much.

  • Mridu March 13, 2013, 6:26 am

    thanks a ton! it is a very well made help document! :)

  • ArU March 21, 2013, 12:34 am

    Thank u very much bro it actually worked thanks a lot!!!

  • JHShaw March 21, 2013, 12:32 pm

    This advice is obsolete. The newer itunes has a tiny icon in upper left corner. It has no label. It has a menue with “add file to library.” Hope this saves someone a lot of time.

  • Nicola April 7, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Brilliant thanks ever so much, I just couldn’t work it out, really helpful :)

  • Nicola April 7, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Hi Rachael, try looking on the pdf section of the ipad, it will show books on one book case and PDFs on another book case, I hope this helps.

  • Claire April 11, 2013, 6:46 pm

    Thank you so much for all the help.

  • Abdulmalik April 22, 2013, 12:04 pm

    I was able to sync and it appeared on my IPod touch 4th gen, but whenever I click on it, it behaves as if it wants to open but it doesn’t. Please help.

  • Jeanine April 30, 2013, 12:21 am

    Thank you so much. I have been trying to figure this out for over an hour. Bless your heart!

  • Anon May 3, 2013, 6:44 am

    Why? When I follow these steps exactly, but the book I saved to iTunes is damaged and cannot be open.

  • aguyfromontario June 6, 2013, 5:57 am

    simply email them to yourself.. open them on your ipad.. click the arrow to share in top right and select open in ibooks.. VERY simple!

  • speedminded June 8, 2013, 12:26 pm

    In case you didn’t notice, this tutorial was made in 2010.

  • Tony :) June 23, 2013, 10:19 am

    Old, but still helped immensely, bless you! , thank you so much! :)

  • Ricky09 July 5, 2013, 12:08 am

    thanks! great work!

  • Siggers July 5, 2013, 7:43 am

    awesome just what I needed!
    Thanks Heaps

  • Recni July 9, 2013, 11:12 am

    Thank you so much… Really helpful.

  • Runner July 10, 2013, 7:58 pm


  • Ashok July 13, 2013, 1:30 pm

    Thank You, very helpful info

  • reddydn July 16, 2013, 7:50 am

    Excellent info. Thanks

  • Jim July 17, 2013, 5:47 pm

    Not sure why I couldn’t figure this out myself but your instructions were clear, easy to understand and in a word; Excellent!

  • Cyber Geek July 18, 2013, 8:03 am

    Really awesome !

  • Sophia July 26, 2013, 11:29 pm

    Thanks very helpful!

  • Lisa July 27, 2013, 2:55 am

    Thanks for this quick info really helped me.

  • LUKEEHHH August 6, 2013, 8:37 am

    Very appreciative for this tutorial! :)

  • Big W August 16, 2013, 1:00 am

    thank you was very help full ?

  • Armax August 21, 2013, 8:49 am

    Help full

  • Laura August 22, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Thank you so much! I’m getting my ipad soon and I wanted to finish reading these books but I don’t have money to buy them. So I’ll just pass them into the ipad.

  • Jezwireless September 2, 2013, 11:03 am

    Excellent, effective and simple, clear help. Thank you

  • colormedainty September 4, 2013, 5:18 am

    you’re awesome, dude! thanks a lot!

  • Anna Banana September 7, 2013, 1:01 am

    Do you have a John Green book? I see John Gr…..

  • Iain September 30, 2013, 1:00 pm

    Unbelievable that people think Apple is so intuitive. Very powerful Kool Aid. I just want to take an PDF attachment someone emailed to me and put it somewhere on the iPad that I can look at it later. I don’t want to go to my computer, mess around with iTunes, and workaround another failing in an Apple product.

  • SandySea October 13, 2013, 2:26 pm

    I followed your tutorial, and the pdf’s did appear in iBooks on my iPad (I have a huge number of recipes that I’m converting from FileMaker documents to pdf’s). Thanks so much!

    However, I thought WiFi meant wireless. Why do we need to use a cable to synch my MacBook Pro and iPad over WiFi????

  • Chrixie October 17, 2013, 2:06 pm

    Thanks. I really had no idea that their was even this function

  • Jon Miner October 28, 2013, 12:49 am

    In the iTunes “Summary” for the iPad, select “Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi”

    At least you won’t have to plug the iPad in to the computer.

  • Emmylee October 28, 2013, 3:31 pm

    Extremely helpful. Thank you!!!

  • dornob7 November 17, 2013, 3:50 pm

    IBooks requires iOS 7 now, so all of you who own 3rd or 4th Gen iPods may as well leave this page right now.

  • kerok December 1, 2013, 4:59 pm

    If iBooks is installed, just attempt to open the PDF from your email and it will ask which program you want to open it in (iBooks should be an option) as well as any PDF readers you may have installed (e.g. GoodReader).

    What’s not intuitive about that?

  • jx1586 December 17, 2013, 3:50 pm

    did not worked work me :( i cant see my pdf books in ibooks at my iphone5 :(

  • ThatOneGuyWho... January 4, 2014, 7:36 pm

    My newest version of iTunes doesn’t have a “Books” tab on the sidebar menu.

  • Ivy Monaghan January 20, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Except that when you download iBooks to your iPod it says that you need iOS 7 and asks if you’d like an older version of iBooks instead. I have iOS 4.2 and it works fine. I just don’t have the pdf tab

  • Adriana May 17, 2014, 6:38 pm

    thank you a lot!

  • Dadr May 28, 2014, 7:32 am

    Thanks for the tip! iBook is really useful, before I used to read my pdf on my business app Beesy, which allow displaying and comments, but since I started reading comics on pdf ibooks is more approriate, thanks again!

  • john doe October 31, 2014, 10:50 pm

    or buy an Android
    go to your preferred folder
    drag and drop your pdf
    hard as f*ck !

    apple can go s&ck an orange

  • john doe October 31, 2014, 10:52 pm

    why 9 steps????!
    it should be just 2
    and apple is pretty good at making things difficult for the end user
    a simple operation of copying a pdf or a random file to the ios device can get tedious for no apparent reason

    the variant with the mailed file, open in Ibook is much more easier.

  • jonothan.RT December 24, 2015, 10:14 pm

    Seems helpful for transferring books to my new bought iPad pro. but when I want to have a sync with iTunes, it said that the process would erase my iPad contents, so I have to searched alternative way online, and finally make it by using free trial of AnyTrans. It takes me about 2 days to solve it in all. Apple device is sooo.. user un-friendly, never buy another one.

  • Cecilialxs October 9, 2016, 11:58 pm

    Dude, thanks, such a detailed guide.
    A more flexible way to add large PDF files to iBooks in iOS (10) devices with no data loss and to organize iPhone iPad iBooks library is using WinX MediaTrans. This top-notch clean and safe iPhone iPad iBooks manager enables users to add, export and delete PDFs, EPUBs, MP3 audiobooks in iPhone iPad iBooks library in a super easy and fast way.

  • Crunchise August 14, 2018, 5:43 am

    Thank you for sharing. Was able to get it fixed by following this guide.

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