With an iPad at hand, people can do a lot of things like playing games, watching movies, reading ebooks, etc. Speaking of reading ebooks on iPad, most of the iPad users rely on the iBooks app, which provides a simple-design book shelf and let users select the book they want to read. Besides iBooks, iPad users have other options to download ebooks to iPad and have an enjoyment. The following post will introduce you several ways to transfer ebooks to iPad, and several other helpful tips about reading ebooks on iPad.

Part 1. How to Sync Ebooks to iPad with iTunes/PC

If users have good Wi-Fi or LTE connection, people are able to download books to iPad directly. Users can launch iTunes on their tablet and go to iTunes Store, then search for the book they need and click Get below the book cover.

When people want to download ebooks to iPad, they are able to sync the books with iTunes. Having the latest version of iTunes installed on computer, users are able to connect their iPad to computer with USB and sync ebooks to computer. If users don’t have any ebook on their computer, and want to find the books they need, they can go to iTunes Store to search for the books.

After getting the ebooks in iTunes library, people are able to sync the books to iPad easily. The following guidance will show you how to sync ebooks to iPad.

1. Plug iPad into computer via USB, and iTunes will launch automatically.
2. Click the iPad icon and choose Books category in the left sidebar.
3. Check Sync Books and choose All Books or Selected Books.
4. Click Sync at the right bottom to start syncing books to iPad.

After syncing books to iPad with iTunes, users will get the books in the iBooks app on iPad. Now users are able to have an enjoyment. But note that iPad users should shut down auto sync before they sync books with iTunes. To shut down auto sync of iTunes, people need to go to Edit > Preferences > Devices on iPad, and check "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically".

If iPad users have downloaded or got books from elsewhere, they can add books to iTunes at first, and then sync these ebooks to iPad. To add ebooks from computer to iTunes library, people only need to click File > Add File to Library at the upper left corner of iTunes, and then the ebooks will be added to iTunes Book Library.

Part 2. Transfer Ebooks to iPad with iPad Transfer Software

Besides using iTunes to download ebooks to iPad, people can also transfer books to iPad with the iPad transfer software. Using iPad transfer software to move ebooks is a good way to get rid of the sync of iTunes and keep the iPad data safe. Leawo iTransfer is an easy-to-use program which helps users to transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers without the sync of iTunes. The following guidance will show you how to download ebooks to iPad with Leawo iTransfer.

Download Windows Version
Download Mac Version
1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPad to computer with the USB cable.
2. Click File > Add > Add File/Add Folder at the upper right corner to add ebooks from computer.
3. The program will start the transfer immediately. After the transfer, users will get the books in their iBooks app.

If you have get the books from iTunes Store, but don’t want to use iTunes to sync books, you can take advantage of Leawo iTransfer as well. You only need to locate the books in iTunes folder on your computer.

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Books
Windows Vista: C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Books
Windows 7: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Books
Windows 8: C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Books

Part 3. Transfer Ebooks to iPad with Kindle App

If people don’t like iBooks, they can take advantage of the Kindle app to purchase and read ebooks. To sign in Kindle app on iPad, people need an Amazon account, which they may have already got when purchasing items in Amazon.com. If they are new to Kindle app, they’ll have a 3-step tutorial. After that, users will get several sample books based on their favorite genres.

Of course, people can sync books from iTunes to Kindle app on iPad and have an enjoyment. As is known, Kindle has a unique .mobi file extension for the Kindle books, and it can’t be read directly on iPad. But people can read the .mobi books with Kindle app on iPad. Of course, PDF files can also be transferred to Kindle app on iPad. But note that the EPUB files aren’t viewable in Kindle app, because they are specially designed for iBooks. The following guidance will show you how to sync books to Kindle app on iPad with iTunes.

1. Click the iPad icon and choose App category in the left sidebar.
2. Go to File Sharing section at the bottom of your App list, and click Kindle.
3. Click Add Files at the right bottom to add ebooks. Then click Sync.

When users finished syncing Kindle app with their iPad, they will get the ebooks in their Kindle app on iPad. Then they are able to have an enjoyment with no efforts.
If you have a Kindle account attached with an email, users may be able to get the books in their Kindle app with an email. Users only need to send the ebooks to Amazon email. Users need a Send-to-Kindle email address to send the ebooks from computer to this email, and then the server of Kindle will deliver the ebooks to users’ iPad. For details of transferring contents from computer to Send-to-Kindle server, please click here.
If iPad users don't have .mobi files, but all .epub files. Then the users will have to convert the EPUB files to Kindle-compatible MOBI files. The detailed information are introduced here.

Part 4. Transfer Ebooks to iPad with PDF Format

PDF files are different from EPUB and MOBI books, as this kind of files are more commonly used in people’s daily life. So transferring PDFs to iPad becomes a more and more popular topic among the users. If people want to view PDFs on iPad, they have several ways to finish the task. The following guidance will show you how to download PDF to iPad.

Solution 1. Email the PDF Files

People can email PDF files to their iPad, and use iBooks to open and view the files. People can send themselves an email with the PDF file attached, and then tap the PDF file and choose Open In with iBooks. After that, iBooks will open the PDF file and make a copy of the PDF file and save it on the book shelf. The books can be synced to iTunes library next time when users sync their iPad with computer.

Solution 2. Transfer PDF to iPad with iPad Transfer Software

With the iPad transfer software, people can transfer PDF files to iPad directly. Leawo iTransfer, the powerful iPhone, iPad and iPod transfer software, will help to finish the task.

Solution 3. Download PDF to iPad with iTunes

iTunes is also helpful for syncing PDF files to computer. Users only need to add the PDF files to iTunes library, and then sync the PDF files to iPad.

Solution 4. Dropbox

Dropbox allows users to sync all kinds of files between computer and iPad. With Dropbox, people don’t have to connect iPad to computer, and the sync will be finished in short time. Dropbox provides 2GB for free use, so users are able to sync multiple PDF files. The following guidance will introduce how to finish the task.


1. Download and install Dropbox on computer and iPad.
2. Log in Dropbox with the same account.
3. Drag and drop the PDF files to the Dropbox folder on computer.
4. When the PDF files showed up in Dropbox on iPad, tap the PDF file and choose Open in iBooks.