I have been a devoted Kindle user for my e-book reading addiction. Unfortunately, my Kindle has become lethargic and prone to wasting valuable reading time. I could buy a new Kindle or one of the competing e-reading devices, or I could turn to the devices I already have.

No, I’m not talking about the stack of unread paper books on my shelf, I’m talking about my phone and tablet. Although, I probably should reduce the size of that stack before they feel unloved and attempt to move house without me.

So, having decided to utilise my iPad, I plugged it into my Windows* machine, booted up iTunes, and discovered a decided lack of Books to transfer.


A tad hard to transfer books to my iPad when the Book category has been removed. Now, if I was still using a Mac the problem would be easily remedied, as iBooks has taken over the role of synching books to the iPad. But on a Windows machine, I can only really transfer my books from the store to my computer.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find an article explaining how to transfer books. So I did what every computer user does when something doesn’t work: I kept clicking until something happened. After replacing the CPU, I tried the sideloading technique some Apps utilise. You open iTunes to the place you want the file (Books) and then open a File Explorer window to the directory that contains the books you want.


As you can see in the screenshot, I’m transferring some Project Gutenberg books to my iPad. Just click and drag the files into the Books frame of iTunes and they will be copied. The transfer will begin once you hit sync.

Hopefully, this helps some other readers who want to transfer their e-books to their iPhone or iPad using a Windows machine. The same process works for adding books to other reading Apps, or other files to other Apps – I’ve added beta-manuscripts to the Kindle app this way.

*Yes, yes, deride Windows all you want. It works better than my broken Mac and Linux machines.

4 thoughts on “Importing books onto your iPad now that iTunes doesn’t support ebooks

  1. I feel a love for Windows even though it has problems. I have an iPad and an iPhone, but I still use Windows PC. I have no problem with the Kindle app. On my devices, I would have to say that a Kindle, while totally convenient, isn’t better than the iPad. Sorry.

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    1. The Kindle App is quite good. And there is a lot to be said for using the device you have on hand. Screens have improved to the point that, as I had previously predicted, they are superior to a dedicated e-reading e-ink device. So dedicated devices aren’t necessary – and why they are on the decline.

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      1. Though many in the older generation like them because they do not have the same techie stuff that a tablet does, they are simple. I love tech, my fiancee is OBSESSED with tech. He talked me out of a Fire tablet and into an iPad.

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