How to Read ePub and Mobi Files on an iPad

ePub is the short form of electronic publication and was specifically designed by IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) with eBooks in mind. There are several benefits of converting books to ePub format. First off, ePub books are easy to display on electronic readers. Different shapes and sizes of eBook screens and readers are available in the market. All these offer different controls and features that enable common users to change the font, size and other features of the books they are viewing on iPad or other devices.

Another recommended file format for eNook reading is a Mobi file or mobipocket eBook file. Presently, Apple iPad offers a lot in terms of productivity and entertainment. Because of its portability and efficient backup, it is suited for people who don’t want to miss a single chance to read books. iPad is very comfortable and easy gadget to read books of different formats like epub and mobi. The reason of using epub and mobi format is that they are easily available in the market and most of them are even free of cost. There are many methods and apps by which you can read or even covert these files on your iPad.

ePub and Mobi files extension has a lot of features to enhance the way you read your books. Features such as bookmarking, library management, note taking, and searching are exceedingly helpful for different professionals.

How to Read Mobi files

It is not possible to transfer and view mobi file into iPad directly because it does not support mobi extention. To read mobi files on your iPad, you first need to:

  • Convert mobi files into iPad compatible format like epub.
  • Or install third party app on your iPad to open and read mobi files.

Convert Mobi and PDF files into ePub format using Calibre Book Management Software 

Calibre is one of the best software available online to cater to all your bibliophilic needs and the best part is that it is absolutely free. In the next section of this post, we are going to use Calibre Book Management system to convert Mobi, PDF and other digital book formats into an iPad friendly ePub format.

After you install Calibre you will be directed through an easy to follow steps to install the software on your PC, Mac or Linux. Once you’re done with the installation, launch the app.

Step 1: The first step is to select the destination directory where all your converted eBooks with ePub format will be transferred.

Step 2: In the next step, you’re going to need to add the eBooks you wish to convert into Cailbre. This can easily be done by pressing the “Add Books” button located on the top left corner of the window.


Step 3: After you have located the files you wish to convert, simply press open and the file will be imported to Calibre.


Step 4: You can then easily convert the PDF or any other eBook format into ePub format by a couple of methods. The easiest one is to open right click on the book you just imported from the list, as shown in the image and then click on Convert Books > Convert Individually.

step-3 read epub on iPad

Step 5: You will then be presented with a few options, at this point you only need to worry about the Output format. Select the ePUB format as shown in the picture and press OK at the end.



Step 6: The final step is to wait for the conversion process, you can be certain that the conversion is complete when you can see Jobs: 0 at the lower right corner of the window. Once it is all over, you can hop on to the destination directory and locate your eBook in the ePub format, all ready to be transferred to your iPad.


Transferring Converted files to iPad

Once you completed the process of Conversion, click on Open Button to track all converted files. Link your Computer to iPad, launch iTunes and then Sync ePub format file to iPad by using iTunes. That’s just about it, you can now view the eBook from your iPad.

Importing and Reading ePub files on iPad with iTunes

If you have downloaded an ePub file or have one after you followed the conversion process listed in the earlier section of this post, you can use the next to transfer ePub files on iPad with iTunes. Here, you are required to launch iTunes and go to File>Add File to Library. Then navigate to the specific location where ePub file is saved, select it and click on the “choose” button. At the left window of iTunes, click on the option ’books’ and then your selected book will be available in the section of books in your library.



Now, you can connect your iPad to your PC and select it from the devices given at the left side. You will see different tabs under the title bar, click on the Books tab there.


Check the Sync books icon, if it is not enabled. In case you have selected all the books, they will all transfer to your iPad. If you select a specific book, you need to find the newly added book and simply drag and drop the book onto the iPad section like shown in the image below.


Once you are done with the transfer, you can read any Epub format book on your iPad by opening the iBooks app and tap on the specific book you would like to read. In case you don’t already have iBooks app on your iPad you can easily download it from the Apple AppStore.


Alternatively, if you want to import ePub files without iTunes, you can do it easily by following these steps:

  • First download iPad ePub converter.
  • Install the software and connect it to your iPad device by using the default iPad USB cable.
  • After the installation is complete you can will be guided by inbuilt tutorial on How to transfer epub files to your iPad once done, you will be ready to read ePub format on your iPad.


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