iPAD : How to read non-ePub format e-books using iBooks & GoodReader

Posted on July 11, 2010

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How to read old ( non-ePub format ) ebooks using iBooks ?

Source : touchmyapps.com
First and foremost, your ebook files need to be converted into the ePub format. The best methods is by using Calibre, a free and open source e-book library management application. Much like iTunes, Calibre enables you to manage your entire eBooks collection (rate, tag, sort, download metadata and covers etc.) and it accepts a wide range of formats for conversion. Best of all (aside from the fact that it’s free), Calibre runs on Windows, Mac OS X AND Linux.

1. Download and install Calibre for your Desktop/Laptop.

2. During the Installation process, select Apple –> iPad in the “choose your book reader” window to ensure the output is optimized for your iPad after file conversion.

3. Populate your library with the “Add Books” button located top-left of Calibre. You can import books individually or via an entire directory.

4. If your ebooks are missing any metadata (publisher, tags, summary) or covers, you can have Calibre automatically fill in the info. Highlight the titles and under the “Edit Meta Information” menu (or simply right click to bring up) and select the “Download Metadata and Covers” option.

5. Once you’re happy with sorting and organizing your ebooks, it’s time to convert them into the ePub format. You can do so individually or in bulk, both of which are done through the “Convert Ebooks” button. In the conversion window (above), the only thing that really needs to be done is to make sure that the Output option (top right of screen) has “EPUB” selected. I’ve kept all the other settings untouched and haven’t had any issues with the files.

6. Next, we have to transfer your newly minted epub books into iTunes. Locate your .epub files and drag them into the Library section of iTunes (see above). If you didn’t have any ebooks in iTunes to begin with, a new Books folder will be created for you. Note: Please ensure that you drag your epub files into the Library section and not directly into your iPad (under Devices). Doing so will cause iTunes to throw an error message and crash.

7. All that’s left to do is sync your books onto your iPad. This process isn’t any different than syncing music, apps, movies etc.

8. Open iBooks and enjoy your old new library!

While we’re at it, it’s worth noting that Calibre can also download news from the net and convert them into ebook form. Some of the supported news sites include:
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time , Wired Magazine, Newsweek, ESPN .

Once downloaded, these “ebooks” actually include the full articles, and not just the summaries you find on some rss feeds. What this means is that you’ll now be able to read full blown versions of your favorite news sites (if supported) right from the confines of iBooks and without the need for internet connection. Needless to say, this will be great for times when you’re traveling and out of Wi-Fi range.

GoodReader for iPAD

This is one of the, if not best reader on the iPAD. Best of all it costs only US99 cents.

The app already excels at bringing all kinds of files to your iPad: Office and iWork documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, text files, HTML pages, photos, music, and videos. Its strength lies in its ability to quickly open and browse through large PDF and text files that other apps would normally have trouble with.

It does this using any number of connectivity options. You can set up a temporary Wi-Fi connection to your PC, browse a Web site or specific URL, or pull files from just about any online source: mail and FTP servers, Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, iDisk, and so on.

With its new horizontal page-turning feature, GoodReader can now offer a more natural book-reading experience, letting you flip pages just by swiping from left to right or vice versa. It also now lets you view double-page spreads for PDF files—a feature especially useful for viewing graphics that extend beyond a single page.

And if you happen to end up with a PDF that’s been scanned in wrong orientation, a new page-rotate option will let you view the document as it it’s supposed to be viewed.

The primary functions, in addition to file viewing, include thumbnail previews, searching, file management (which includes the ability to protect files, star them, mark them as read, create new files and folders, e-mail files, rename files, create links to files, and even compress files and folders), and also browse and download files from Web sites.

Finally, GoodReader now supports VGA-out, meaning all your documents can be viewed on a monitor or projector–a significant update for users interested in using their iPads in business environments.

Best review I have read :

http://www.tabletpcreview.com/default.asp?newsID=1428&review=GoodReader+for+iPad+Review

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