How to: Get eBooks [ePub] onto the iPad

April 5, 2010

In the process of trying to find Chinese language ePub books — can you say, Commentary on the Third National Chinese Communist Party Congress? Ugh! — I found a simple way to get tittles from the web, into iTunes and, now that it’s here, onto the iPad.

Yes, Apple has loaded the store portion of iBooks with 30,000 titles from the Gutenberg Project, but that are 100,000 more books available through the group’s partners and affiliates. How do you get those off the web and onto your iPad?

Well, the lads at 9 to 5 Mac discovered that you can simply drag ePub book downloaded from the web into iTunes. Alternately, you can also use iTunes’ “Add to Library” command (iTunes > File > Add to Library, ⌘ + O).

As noted, Project Gutenberg shelves tens of thousands of books, which are also available via iBooks. However, there are hundreds of thousands more ePub books available scattered across the web, including places like and Google Books.

Gotta sweet source for ePub titles (Chinese ePub books presented complex characters)? Pop up a note with a link in the comments…

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