Copy (sync) a .pdf file from iMac to iPad

Environment:

  • On your iPad; iOS 6.1
  • On your iMac; iTunes 11.1

I think that if you have later versions of this software you’ll be fine.

Prerequisites:

  • You have the .pdf file in a folder on your iMac
  • You have the free iBooks app on your iPad

What to do:

Add the .pdf file to iTunes

Make sure the iMac is awake.

Attach the iPad to the iMac, using the sync cable.  If iTunes isn’t already running on the iMac, this attachment should start it automatically.  Also, a sync will start running automatically; but never mind that for now.  This connection makes iPad-related functions of iTunes visible.

In the iTunes View menu. if you see Hide sidebar, click it.  This will make your display consistent with the following instructions and examples.10 view hide folder

In the iTunes menu, Fiile > Add to library30 add to lib

Navigate to the .pdf file and click Open .15 add to lib

Sync the .pdf file from iTunes to the iPad

In the iTunes toolbar, click the middle of the iPad button on the right end.  Don’t just click the dismount arrow on the right end of the button.  This gives you access to the iTunes iPad Toolbar.40 iPad syncing button

In the iTunes iPad toolbar, select Books .35 iPad books button

In the top section of the Books page, make sure that Sync Books is checked.  Also make sure that either All Books or Selected Books is turned on.17 books sync settings

in the Books section of the Books page, top left corner, make sure that an option that includes PDF files is selected, so you’ll be able to see .pdf files in iTunes.

In the Books section, find the icon for the .pdf file you added.  If you’ve turned on Selected Books in the top section of this page, check the box next to the icon for your .pdf file to select it.15 iPad books

In the bottom right corner of the Books page, click Apply.  Then click Sync when it’s enabled.

On the right end of the toolbar, click Done .

When the iPad button on the right end of the toolbar shows a little iPad icon, that means the sync is done.  Click the dismount arrow on the right end of the button.42 dismount

Unplug the iPad from the iMac.

Read the .pdf file on your iPad

Start the iBooks app.45 iPad ibooks app

in the top left corner, touch Library.

Touch the icon for your .pdf file to read it.50 iPad iBooks lib

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