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This step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how to transfer ePUB books and PDF documents from your PC to the iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch regardless whether you got the books from the iTunes Store or downloaded them from another location.

The method works for adding books and PDF to any iOS device.

Select what you want to do next:

Let’s add ePUB books to iPad

  1. Before adding books to iPad or iPhone, install any iOS app which supports ePUB eBook files. There are many free and paid apps on the App Store which allow you to access and read eBook files, for example, Marvin (free) or Documents 5 (free).

  2. Once you have a reader-app installed on the iPad/iPhone, download CopyTrans free to your PC from the following page: Download CopyTrans Apps

  3. Run CopyTrans Apps and plug in your iPad to the PC. From the iPad /iPhone apps list on the left side of the program window select the eBook-reader app. In this case, we chose Marvin: select ipad ebook reader app with copytrans apps

  4. Next, click “Add documents” button on the bottom right-hand side of CopyTrans App’s window: add documents button in copytrans apps

  5. A new window opens which allows you to navigate to the ePUB book files. Select all books you wish to add and click “Open”: browse for epub books on pc with copytrans apps

    TIP: You can alternatively add the ePUB files via dragging and dropping the books directly to the right side of the open program window.

  6. The eBooks are added to your iPad/iPhone epub book on ipad

Let’s add ebooks to iBook

If you wish to have them in your iBooks, do the following:

  1. Select the ebook, tap on the arrow at the top, choose “Open in…” and select “Copy to iBooks”: Add your ebooks to iBooks

  2. Here we go! It’s on the shelf in your iBooks: Ebook added

This was how to add ePUB books to iPad / iPhone.

Let’s add multiple ebook folders to iPad

If you want to import multiple folders from the PC to your iPad / iPhone keeping the original folder structure, you will need CopyTrans Apps, iZip and any file archiver.

Let’s do it:

  1. Archive your PC folder containing ebook library you wish to transfer with any file archiving program

  2. Download free iZip app from AppStore on your iPad / iPhone. This app will help you unzip the archive transferred

  3. Open CopyTrans Apps and select iZip on the left side. After this, click “Add documents” and select the zip folder you are going to transfer:
    Add your folder to iZip with CopyTrans Apps

  4. On your iPhone / iPad, open iZip and select “Files”:
    Select Files in your iZip

  5. After this, you can move unzipped library wherever you want on your iPad / iPhone: select it, click “Edit” and “Move” the folder to a directory of your choice.

Adding eBooks to iPad via iTunes – alternative method

In order to transfer eBooks to your iPad or iPhone via iTunes you need to have iBooks installed on the iDevice already. You can download iBooks for iPad and iPhone directly from the App Store.

  1. First, open iTunes and navigate to the “Books” section itunes library main window selecting books section

  2. Now all you need to do is to drag and drop the ePUB files from your PC to the open iTunes window drag and drop epub books to itunes library on pc

  3. The books are added to your library. With the iTunes window open, connect the iPhone or iPad and click on the device once it appears listed click on iphone once it appears in itunes main window

  4. Click on the “Books” tab on top iphone books section in itunes window

  5. Ensure that the “Sync Books” and “Selected books” options are checked. Now click the check-boxes next to the ePUB books you wish to transfer to the iPad and click “Apply” sync epub books from itunes library to iphone
    NOTE: To avoid “Automatic synchronization” of your iPod by iTunes click and keep the Shift and Ctrl keys pressed while you open iTunes. Please refer to this FAQ article

  6. The ePUBs are now added to the iPad or iPhone and you can readily access them from the iBooks app ibooks app on iphone displaying opened book

Transfer PDF to iPad

  1. Transferring PDF files to iPad or iPhone is done in much the same way as adding ePUB books. You first need to ensure you have an app on your iPad that supports reading PDF documents such as the free Adobe Reader for iOS, Marvin, or Bluefire (also free).

  2. Download CopyTrans Apps from the page below Download CopyTrans Apps

  3. Start CopyTrans Apps and connect the iPad or iPhone to your PC. Once the iPad apps populate the left-hand side of the program window, select the PDF reading app adobe pdf reader for ipad selected on pc

  4. From the right-hand side, click on the “Add documents” button add documents button in main copytrans apps window

  5. A new window opens allowing you to browse for the PDF files you want to add to the iPad. Select all the needed PDF files and click “Open” window allowing selection of pdf documents from pc to add to ipad

    TIP: You can also add the PDF files to your iPad via dragging and dropping the documents from the PC folder directly to the right-hand side of the open CopyTrans Apps window

  6. The PDF documents are now readily accessible from the iPad PDF on iPad

Enjoy the ePUB books or PDF documents you just added to your iPad!

Add PDF to iPad via iTunes – alternative method

The method below only works if you already installed iBooks on your iPad or iPhone.

  1. First, open iTunes on your PC and navigate to the Books section books section in itunes library on pc

  2. Click on the “PDFs” tab and drag drop any PDF file from your PC to the open iTunes window drag drop pdf document to open itunes window

  3. Connect the iPad or iPhone and click on the device button once it appears in iTunes connected iphone appears in itunes on pc

  4. Click the “Books” tab and make sure “Sync books” is checked. Then choose “Selected books” and check the box next to the PDF documents you’d like to transfer to the iPad or iPhone. Finally click on the “Apply” button sync pdf files to iphone in itunes
    NOTE: To avoid “Automatic synchronization” of your iPod by iTunes click and keep the Shift and Ctrl keys pressed while you open iTunes. Please refer to this FAQ article

  5. You can now open the PDF document on your iPad or iPhone pdf document opens in ibooks on iphone ios 7

This is how to transfer ePUB books and PDF files to iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.