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Books on Apple iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Tablets

Last Updated: Friday, 09-Jan-2015 12:32:38 PST

My Books on the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini with iBooks

The Apple Mobile Version and Desktop Printer Version of my texts will definitely work, out of the box, after downloading the free iBook e-book reader application made by Apple. I have just re-converted my books to the ePub e-book format, so that all my Apple mobile versions of books now work with iBooks on the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini. I have also tested the PDF/A-1A versions of my books and they work just as well with iBooks 1.1 and higher. You can download them with your computer, from the zip archive collections, or via the individual book pages and then you can transfer them by dragging and dropping them into iTunes books section. You then just plug in your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini and open up iTunes on your computer and a copy of each of the books will be sent to your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini. You just open iBooks on your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini and you can view them offline. They will appear on the bookshelf or the book list with my name and the titles on the front. The PDF/A1-A format ones will appear under PDFs option, when you choose list view.

You can also get many books, for free, from Google books , that no longer have copyrights, due to being too old, or the author wanting, to give them away, for free. These should all work fine. I downloaded a little over 100 books total, including about 40 famous Asian and European religion and philosophy books, about 75 history books about Asia from 100-150 years ago, and about 20 rare books about the Syrian churches in Asia (the Nestorian and Jacobyte churches) and the Coptic and Eastern Orthodox churches, from Google books and they all look quite good, in iBooks on the iPad and iPad Mini. Just make sure when you download the book to choose ePub or PDF format. You can then transfer them over to your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini just, as I explained, for for my books.

Downloading to the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Third Party Applications

The iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini device can handle my long PDF books, like the Red Letter e-book versions, which work great, out of the box, in the included web browser, but they may take some time to download and you cannot save them, with the included browser for viewing later offline, on the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini (except with a third party application). You can transfer the PDFs over to the iPad and iPad Mini via iTunes on your computer or download via the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini web browser with a third party app like ReaddleDocs. You can even download the zip archive bundles of my PDF files and open them in Readdledocs right from the included web browser. Another way to do this is to use iUnarchive and PDF Reader Pro the same way. You can also view the Open Source Friendly version of my books with the IBM Lotus Symphony Viewer avialble for free on the Apple App Store.

You can also transfer files from iTunes on your computer to your iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini, if you first plug in your iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini, to your computer and then select "your name," followed by the word "iPad", "iPad Air" or "iPad Mini," on the left side panel of iTunes, then you click on the "Apps" tab, and finally scroll down, to where it says "file sharing". You can then click on the application listed there, that you want the files transfered to, and then drag and drop my PDF books or your other files into that listing space. You can now see the PDFs or other files on your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Mini, even when you are offline.

The web page versions should work best for the iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini and, if you want to download this version, to keep on your iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini, then you can download them, via a third party application, called Offline Pages, on your iPad, iPad Air or iPad Mini and you will see them, as they appear, in the included web browser, but offline (and Javascript works offline as well, so you can use all the interactive features of my web pages offline).

Buying Books on the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini

I have bought several hundred books, from Apple and their selection is quite good now. Yes, Apple sells books online. Apple may seem to have an oversimplified program for managing books, but I have used a Kindle 3 and the Kindle app on the iPad and Apple's iBooks app is so much easier to use, more adjustable, and powerful, as well as, being easier to manage through iTunes and more reliable. It is also much easier to read on the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini, because of the higher resolution and quality screen of the iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Mini. Download iBooks and search within iBooks or within iTunes on your PC or Mac.

iBooks now comes with Mac OS X Mavericks (OS 10.9, released in October 2013), which is a free upgrade, for at least as far back as Mac OS X Lion (OS 10.7, released in July 2011), through the Mac App Store. All new Macs bought after July 2011 come with Mac OS X Lion or higher and the Mac App Store. OS X Mavericks is only for Macs. It will not run on PCs, iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iPad Airs, or iPad Minis. It is widely reported that it makes older Macs run faster.

You should never enter credit card numbers, passwords, or any other information you don't want everyone else to see over a public wireless network. I would recommend getting a wireless network, in your home, with password protection, to buy things on, like the Amazon.com Kindle bookstore. All the apps on the application store can be bought, from your computer, via iTunes, so you don't need a wireless network, for that part, but many of the applications like Amazon.com's Kindle require that you buy books, from within their application, so you would need a wireless network, at home, for that.

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