How can I save PDF books to iBooks on my iPhone/iPad?

Transferring PDFs to iBooks

Newer iPad’s allow you to download a book from RNIB Bookshare, through Safari, and then save it directly into the iBooks app. Making it quick and easy for the learner to access whenever they need to.

Older iPads may require you to download the book using your PC and use iTunes to sync your bookshelf content with the iBooks app on your iPad - in order for the book to remain saved in iBooks after you've closed the app. If you don’t already have iTunes installed it can be downloaded for free from Apple UK.

Directly onto the iPad – using a learner account:

  • open Safari web browser
  • your learner logs into RNIB Bookshare
  • they search for the book they need 
  • they download the book in PDF format
  • the book will open in a new browser window
  • select “open in iBooks”
  • the book is now saved in iBooks for your learner to access as required.

Directly onto the iPad – using a staff account:

  • open Safari web browser
  • log into RNIB Bookshare
  • search for the book your learner needs
  • download the book in PDF format
  • the book will open in a new browser window
  • select “open in iBooks”
  • the book is now saved on your learners iBooks bookshelf for them to access as required

Using reading lists

From a staff account - either on an iPad or PC:
  • open your web browser
  • log into RNIB Bookshare
  • search for the book your learner needs
  • add it to the relevant reading list
  • add the learner to the reading list (if not done so already)
The learner then logs into their account – on their iPad:
  • they go to “My homepage”
  • go to “My history” – they will see all the books you have downloaded for them
  • select the required title and download the book in PDF format
  • the book will open in a new browser window
  • select “open in iBooks”
  • the book is now saved in iBooks for your learner to access as required.

Using "My history"

From a staff account - either on an iPad or PC:

  • open your web browser
  • log into RNIB Bookshare
  • search for the book your learner needs
  • download the book in PDF format

The learner then logs into their account – on their iPad:

  • they go to “My homepage”
  • go to “My history” – they will see all the books you have downloaded for them
  • select the required title and download the book in PDF format
  • the book will open in a new browser window
  • select “open in iBooks”
  • the book is now saved in iBooks for your learner to access as required.

Syncing with iTunes using a PC:

  • open the web browser and log into RNIB Bookshare
  • search for the book your learner needs
  • download the book in PDF format
  • open your learner's iTunes account 
  • you’ll find it easier to display the sidebar menu from “View, Show Sidebar” 
  • select “Books”  from the left hand menu
  • navigate to where the PDF file is stored on the computer
  • the PDF file can simply be dragged into the “iBooks” library 
  • connect your learner’s iPad to the computer. It will appear on the left hand menu under “Devices”
  • select the name of your iPad 
  • select “Sync” to transfer the files
  • the PDF file will now be available from the iBooks bookshelf.

Related Help Centre articles and pages

How do I download PDF's?
How do I open EPUB books on my iPhone/iPad?

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