The iBooks app can be used to open documents in EPUB and PDF formats (files with the extensions .epub and .pdf). For EPUB format, there are annotation tools available for highlighting text and adding notes. Therefore, iBooks is the recommended software for reading EPUB format documents. For PDF format, iBooks does not have annotation tools. However, you can annotate PDF files with the GoodReader app. If you would like to annotate PDF files, then you should not copy them to your iPad using the directions below. Consult the documentation for GoodReader for the proper procedure for copying PDF files to the iPad.
Directions for loading documents on iPad to be opened in iBooks
(see this page for downloading to iPad using a wireless connection to the Internet)
(these directions assume you have already installed iBooks on your iPad and that you have a copy of the ebook stored on a computer drive)
1. Open iTunes
2. Connect your iPad to the computer
3. When your iPad appears in the left pane of iTunes, under "DEVICES", click on it to select. Then select at the top of the right pane. If you want iTunes to automatically copy EPUB and PDF files from your iTunes library to the iPad, then make sure a check mark is applied to "Sync Books." If you want to manage these files manually on the iPad, then "Sync Books" should not be check marked (as illustrated below).
4. Add EPUB and PDF files to the iTunes library as follows (Note: if "Books" does not appear under the LIBRARY heading in the left pane of iTunes, follow this menu path: Edit> Preferences and select the General tab. Then under Sources, make sure there is a check mark for "Books."):
A. Follow this iTunes menu path: File> Add File to Library
B. Navigate to the files you wish to add
C. Select the files you wish to add
5. If you have decided not to sync your book files, then follow this procedure to copy EPUB and PDF files to the iPad:
A. Select "Books" under the LIBRARY heading in the left pane as illustrated below.
B. Drag and drop the file(s) to the iPad as illustrated below
Reading EPUB files on your computer
You can also open EPUB files on your computer if you have the proper software. Adobe Digital Editions will open EPUB files. Obtain a free copy using the link below:
Converting Files to EPUB format
There is free software available on the Internet that you can use to convert your own documents to the EPUB format.
Sigil will convert documents in HTML (web page) and TXT (simple text) formats to EPUB. You can also use SIGIL directly as authoring software to create a document in EPUB format (in other words, it can be used like a word processor, or more accurately, like a web page editor).
Calibre will convert documents in CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR and TXT formats to EPUB. Some of these formats may not be familiar, but note in particular that Calibre will convert PDF to EPUB.
Annotating an eBook with iBooks
highlight text as follows:
1. touch a word to select it (it will become temporarily highlighted with circular handles)
2. drag a handle to highlight more text if desired
3. touch Highlight in the menu
4. to change the color of the highlighting, touch the highlighted text again and select a color from the menu
add notes as follows:
1. touch a word to select (the note will be anchored to this word)
2. touch Note in the menu
3. a note window will appear along with the keyboard - enter text for the note and when done, touch outside the note window
Emailing Your Notes from iBooks
You can export your notes from a book via email.
1. Touch the Table of Contents button (red arrow in illustration below)
2. Touch the export icon (red arrow in illustration below)
3. Touch Email
4. Enter the email address, then touch the Send button