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I am travelling tomorrow and I have some PDF's and e-books I want to read on my IPad.

I have downloaded an EPUB file to my Ubuntu computer. I want to know how to sync files in Ubuntu with an IPad or how I could store files on the IPad from Ubuntu.

I tried using Ubuntu One but it just gives me the option of "Open in IBooks" which does not appear to be working.

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I would use Calibre. It is an awesome and easy to use Library management system. You can install it as follows:

sudo apt-get install calibre

I haven't used it with iPod/iPad but I use it with my Android phone and Kindle all the time and it is great.


I might also add that the iPad driver is still experimental, so you may encounter a few bugs. It is better than nothing though

Thanks to Kenneth for suggesting adding the following link which helps greatly!

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Hi, it looks like a great software package it found all my books in my directories but when plugging in my ipad it didn't recognize it. I have an old kindle should I try that? I read all my kindle on the color ipad anyway. – bjackfly Jul 13 '13 at 5:58
Freedom_Ben thanks so much calibre is really a great piece of software, thanks again for the recommendation. I really appreciate it. Disregard my last comment I used ken's link to figure it out. Thanks again! – bjackfly Jul 13 '13 at 6:15

You could use a cloud drive. Upload the files to the cloud drive from your pc and download them again on your ipad (for example dropbox). You could also send a mail to yourself with the eBook as attachment.

If you would like to know more about sending files to your ipad i would suggest reading the following article, it covers multiple options on sending files from your pc to you ipad.

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@Freedom_Ben Using Calibre to manage his eBooks between multiple devices is a great idea. Might want to refere him to the following page with instructions on how to set it up with his iPad.… (would have added it as a comment to his answer but i can't manage to find the button) – Kenneth Jul 13 '13 at 0:28
Ken thanks so much! This comment saved me, I used the calibre server and ibooks shown in the link to download to my device. Thanks again so much I really appreciate it! – bjackfly Jul 13 '13 at 6:12

If you email it to yourself as attachments that you can download, so that it's on an email address on your iPad, you can open the ePubs and it'll add them to the books feature. Assuming, of course, you're on the latest iOS.

I have yet to find a direct-from-linux-to-iOS solution though... the above does work though.

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I do this on my iPhone, and although it's not an iPad, it should be a similar method on your iPad because the iOS is basically the same. – Thomas W. Jul 13 '13 at 0:17

I have found a workaround that works really well for loading ebooks onto your iPad, and you dont need internet access at all. Download the app USB Disk for your iPad (it is free). Plug your iPad into PC. Navigate to your iPad in the file explorer. The USB Disk app should show up. It will have a folder called "Documents" inside of it. Drag all of your ebooks into this folder. They will then show up inside the USB Disk app on your iPad. You can then choose the option "Open with app" --> iBooks, to add them to your library.

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Where do I get that program? – Braiam Sep 2 '13 at 23:41

Install kindle on your iPad.

They will provide you one dedicated email to send your documents and ebooks which can be stored in amazons cloud.

Send your files to that email as attachment.

Now open your iPad's kindle app and go to cloud section you will see these file there. From there you can also download them locally to your device for offline access.

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You can also spin up a simple http server (i.e. python -m SimpleHTTPServer in the directory where you have your documents), then open the directory in Safari on your iPad. You should be able to see the files there and import them into iBooks.

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This is usually overkill for this kind of thing. – Thomas W. Jan 10 '15 at 1:03

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