This is a discussion on Epub books? within the iPad FAQ forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by 1991-C4
Supposedly OverDrive is also working on an iPad app.
Digital Library Blog | OverDrive Sneak Preview: OverDrive eBook app for iPhone
I dled books from our state digital library today and used Droobox to transfer the file to my IPad where I touched the 'open with' icon in Dropbox and chose Bluefire where it dled and formatted correctly. Nice reader though not quite as many bells and whistles as the Nook or others but more than adequate.
Originally Posted by 1991-C4
Tonight, after reading this thread, I dled the new Overdrive app, IPhonez only. I had tried the old overdrive app but it didn't work at all. This one works great with the only con being it's an iPhone app but they say IPad and Android apps are to follow soon. This will def. be the way to go as soon as they release the IPad version.
Last edited by Diane B; 12-10-2010 at 09:32 PM.
12-10-2010 09:25 PM
I downloaded Dropbox. Apparently you have to sign up for some sort of service. Could you explain how it works? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Heaviside
Dropbox is an online storage service that allows you to share files across all your computers, share public files with others but in my case, I use it quite a lot to transfer files. Here's a little video that might help explain
Dropbox Intro Video Video
You get 2GB free. A similar service is box.net but they only offer 1GB free. Many apps for the IPad are integrated with Dropbox also which means it's quite easy to move files within apps on the IPad. Some of the apps I use a lot with Dropbox integration are Goodreader, Smartnotes, Collections (photography), Office HD, Bluefire and a number more.
You need to install Dropbox on all your computers that you want to share or transfer files
between. For instance, I have Dropbox on my main desktop computer, my laptop, my IPad and Touch. Since I like to move photos TO my IPad I process my photo files in Lightroom and Photoshop, copy a resized finished file to my Dropbox folder (Dropbox will put an easily accessed folderon your computer) to a folder I created just as I do to organize on my computer--named Photos. I may even make subfolders. You will see a blue check beside the files change to green as they are uploaded to Dropbox. In just a few moments I can see they are listed on my Ipad's list of folders and files in my Dropbox app.
I can then touch a file, see it immediately FROM Dropbox when connected by wifi OR I can transfer/open with an app on my IPad. You simply touch the little curved arrow icon upper right and it will list those apps that are integrated with Dropbox. Very easy, much easier than explaining it LOL.
Hope this helped. If you need more explanation or if I missed something I'll be glad to write more. It's also easy to delete files and folders from Dropox right on the IPad. You can also add files FROM the IPad to be transferred back to your main computer or shared with others. Or you can use it just for backup storage if you want.
Last edited by Diane B; 12-12-2010 at 07:56 AM.
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Good explanation Diane! I am finding more and more uses for "cloud" based systems more and more as time goes on.
Yes, thanks very much Diane.
One of the nicest responses I've ever received to a request for info. I will definitely sign up for Dropbox!
Hi! I'm new to this forum which I discovered tonight while searching a solution for transfering files from PC to ipad.
I have bought my iPad1 and I have several problems with it. I'm a first-time Mac user, and this doesn't hepl at all.
A question about ibooks: I have several book reading apps including stanza, ibooks etc. In iTunes, Device-Apps-File Sharing section, there are all there but ibooks! Why can't I see ibooks there? I like ibooks, and I'm reading my ebooks in ibooks. I want to transfer ebooks and pdf files from my PC to my ipad's ibooks but can't do it! Because I can't see it there in iTunes. In ibooks' Settings, I checked "Sync Bookmarks" and "Sync Collections". I'm not sure if it's relevant though...
Please help me with this. One step at a time.
iPF Super Guru
For whatever reason, iBooks can only be read on an Apple mobile device such as an iPod Touch, an iPhone or and iPad. I know this does not help you, but that is a limitation Apple put on the iBooks app.
Seems you want your ePub books on your PC to go to the iPad iBooks app. To do that, go to iTunes and plug in your iPad. Click your iPad on the left column, and up at the top, next to music, movies, tv shows, etc, there should be a books tab. Click on that, and you should see the ability to sync books. If your books aren't there, then find them and drag them into iTunes, and they should show up.
Originally Posted by incig
Thanks for the replies. Now I got it why I can't see ibooks in iTunes. But why is this kind of limitations not in any ipad manual?
I see my ebooks in iTunes Books section, but if I try to sync books, iTunes is first trying to remove existing contents on the ipad. WHY IS THAT? I'm sick of this dialog box every time I try to sync something into the ipad except apps! And troubleshooting section of the ipad manuals I could find on the net doesn't include this problems at all! I don't understand that!
Another thing... I'm a first-time mac user and I don't know how to drag files into iTunes. Where can do that? In iTunes screen? How?
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