The Best Method to Add PDF to iBooks on Mac OS X

Jan 26,2019 • Filed to: Convert PDF

It should be a challenge if we hold eBooks in PDF format and want to add PDF to iBooks in your iPad, iPhone, iPhone 6, iPhone 5 or iPod Touch. For PDF is not the default or preferred format of iBooks, you need to convert PDF to EPUB for iBook so as to use iBook with PDF format. Below is the simple guide to convert and transfer PDF to iBooks for reading with PDFelement Pro.

Why Convert PDF to ePub Before Adding PDF to iBooks?

  • Auto resizing: The iBooks app allows pinch-to-zoom support for PDF eBooks. However, the PDF eBook display its normal size when you switch to another page. It's very frustrating.
  • Dynamic page turning.
  • Dictionary definition look-up.
  • Word selecting and highlighting.
  • Two-page layout for book-like appearance.

Method 1. The Easiest Way to Turn PDF to iBooks on Mac (macOS 10.14)

Before adding PDF to iBooks, you'd better convert PDF to EPUB format. To do this, PDFelement Pro can lend you a hand. This tool can help you easily and quickly convert PDF to EPUB and other popular formats like Word, Excel, PPT, and more. The best thing is, batch conversion is supported.

Steps to Convert PDF to EPUB eBooks and then transfer to iBooks

Just follow the below simple steps to do the PDF to EPUB for iBooks conversion on Mac OS X (macOS 10.14 Mojave included).

Step 1. Add PDF to the Program

First, launch the PDF Editor on your Mac and then click the "Open File" button to load your PDF files. After the PDF has been opened in the program, you can then edit and annotate it as your want.

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Step 2. Convert PDF to EPUB

Next, click the "Convert" button on the top right corner and then choose "EPUB" as the output format. In the pop-up window, you can also customize the page range or turn on "OCR" to convert scanned PDF. When everthing is done, click "Convert" to start the conversion.

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Step 3. Sync EPUB to iBooks with iTunes

Once the conversion is done, you get EPUB eBooks and you can add them to iTunes before sync with your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. This step is showing you how to sync EPUB to your device and read eBooks with the iBooks app.

1. Open up iTunes, and then select "File" > Add to Library".

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2. Choose one or multiple EPUB files, or even an entire folder, and click "Choose" to add them to the iTunes library.

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3. Now make settings to EPUB books. Click "Books" in iTunes LIBRARY list, and you'll see the imported PDF books, right click it and choose "Get Info" to set the Media Kind to Books. Also input other information if necessary.

4. Now select your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone from the "DEVICES" list in iTunes. Select the "Books" tab from the list at the top. Make sure that "Sync Books" is checked. Select the eBooks and finally click the "Sync" button.

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Why choose PDFelement Pro for Mac to Convert PDF to EPUB

Besides converting, PDFelement Pro for Mac will also help you simply your work with PDF editing. You can freely make changes on the texts, images and pages in a PDF, annotate PDF to leave comments and highlight particular section, add personalized watermarks and signatures, protect PDF with password etc. With it, you can even create PDF files from other document formats. PDFelement Pro for Windows is also available.)

Why Choose This PDF to EPUB Converter

  • Easily convert PDF to EPUB, Word, Excel, PPT, etc, and in batch.
  • Edit PDF files as easy as you are working in Word file.
  • Create PDF from other formats in high quality.
  • Add password, watermark or signature to PDF.
  • Fill out PDF form and create PDF form from free templates.
  • Share PDF by Email and Dropbox easily.
  • Come with advanced OCR feature.
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Method 2. The Alternative Way to Turn PDF to iBooks on Mac (10.14 Mojave)

There're so many benefits that EPUB brings than PDF format. You should definitely use EPUB format in iBooks app to enjoy better reading experience. Here we will show you how to convert PDF to EPUB with iSkysoft PDF Converter for Mac (or iSkysoft PDF Converter for Windows version) and then transfer EPUB to iBooks app.

Step 1. Run iSkysoft PDF Converter and Import PDF Files

First open the program and then import the PDF files. You may drag and drop one or multiple selected PDF files to the interface of the program, or go to "File”> Add PDF Files" to select PDF file(s) in the popup dialog.

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Step 2. Choose EPUB as the Output Format

Next, click the gear-style settings button to set the output format. Choose EPUB format as the output format. Click "Apply to All" if you want convert all imported PDF files to EPUB format. Click "OK" to confirm the output setting. Then click "Convert" button to start the conversion.

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