How to Transfer Books to iBooks Without Connecting to iTunes

By | June 27, 2011

I wrote earlier about how to transfer books to your iPhone without using iTunes or iBooks. That method uses two free programs, Stanza and Calibre.

This is a followup to that post, to answer the question: what if you DO want to use iBooks on your phone, without connecting to iTunes every time?

It’s a pain to have to connect your iPhone to your main computer and to iTunes every time you want to upload a book. Also, you may not want to sync your iPhone with iTunes every time. But there’s a way around it that also lets you keep using iBooks, if you prefer that over Stanza or the Kindle app. And you can upload books from anywhere, not just your main computer.

I’ll show you how in 6 simple steps:

  1. Get a Dropbox account if you don’t already have one. Dropbox is 100% free, and gives you 2Gb of server space, to store files in. Books, mp3s, Word .docs, you name it. You can access the files from your iPhone with the Dropbox app.
  2. Upload the ebooks of your choice to your Dropbox account.
  3. Install and open the Dropbox app on your iPhone — the books are there! (If not, wait half a minute or so for it to sync. Normally it’s very fast.)
  4. Tap on the book you want to import into iBooks and then tap on the arrow icon at bottom right.
  5. Dropbox now asks you if you want to open the book with iBooks. If you also have Stanza installed, you can choose between iBooks and Stanza.
  6. iBooks will automatically open and your book will show up there, ready for you to read. Done!
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