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iBooks: Viewing, Syncing, Saving, and Printing PDFs on iDevice

With iBooks 1.2 for iOS and iTunes 10.1 or later, you can view, sync, save, and print PDFs on your compatible iOS device. You can also view PDF email attachments or PDFs from Safari in iBooks.


It can be applied in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iBooks 1.2 for iOS 4.2 or later

If you want to view PDFs from Safari in iBooks, you need iOS 4.2 or the later.

If your want to print PDFs, you need iOS 4.2 or the later.

The related products:
iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iTunes, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad, iPhone 3gs

Opening PDFs with iBooks

You can open PDF documents, such as a PDF attached to an email, with iBooks. When you want to view a PDF email attachment, tap Open in iBooks in the upper-right corner. iBooks will open, and you can view your PDF.

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When you use iBooks to open a PDF, iBooks will automatically save a copy of the PDF to your iBooks PDF shelf. These PDFs will sync to your iTunes Book library the next time you sync your device with iTunes.

Syncing and saving PDFs
If you want to add PDFs to your iTunes library on your computer, please drag the PDF into your iTunes Book library.

If you want to sync a PDF to iBooks on your device, please follow these steps:
1.Select your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) in iTunes 10.1 orthelater
2.Click the Books tab in the interface.
3.Ensure that you have selected Sync Books.
4.If iTunes is set to sync only selected books, select the checkbox next to the PDF you want to sync.
5.Click Sync.

You can use iTunes to back up your PDF files so they will restore to your iOS device after you update or restore your software or transfer information to a different device. If you use iTunes 10.1 or later to sync your PDF files to iBooks on your iOS device, a backup of your PDF will be automatically created. A copy of the PDF will be added to your iTunes Books library.

How to printing PDFs in iBooks
1.When viewing your PDF, tap the Share button in the top menu bar.
2.Tap Print.

3.Select a printer, page range, and number of copies.

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