Have PDFs? Here’s how you can properly read them on your iPhone/iPad.
Among the other features that ‘sealed the deal’ for me to get an iPhone 4 was Apple’s native book store iBooks. Not only can you purchase from a wide variety of books from the iBook Store but the app is an extremely capable reader, too. It supports bookmarks, table of contents, change of fonts and font sizes, and more importantly, quick easy access to a dictionary! The idea of carrying multiple books on a small gadget that I could swipe out and start reading anytime anywhere seemed perfect.
That was until I transferred my pre-owned PDF eBooks.
iBooks isn’t a good PDF reader at all. Most if not all of its features goes missing on a PDF file, plus you are required to zoom in and adjust page size on each page you turn. Not an ideal solution for my reading. Disappointed, I found solace in some free PDF reader apps like Files Lite that seemed to do a better job than iBooks in reading my PDF files but it still wasn’t perfect.
Then, just as I was about to clear space in my cupboard for my potential reads, I stumbled upon Calibre.
Calibre is an ‘ebook management’ software that makes your PDF files compatible with popular eBook readers like Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Bookeen, etc. In this case, it managed to convert all my PDF ebooks to iBook compatible ePub files without a hitch, and with its built-in iTunes implementation, transferring the freshly converted files was painless and hassle free.
If you have PDF files that you would like to carry with you, here is how can convert them for use with the iBook:
Things you’ll need:
Calibre, Windows/Linux/Mac, iPad or iPhone 4
Continue to the next page to get the step-by-step process through the software.