PDF files on iBooks

One thing I get asked frequently is how to open PDF files on iBooks.

What is a PDF file? PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a readable file format that cannot be modified, unless you have a special program to do so.


We see PDF files on a daily basis. For example, when we make a donation, we often receive a tax receipt by email as a PDF file. We may also receive invoices or event announcements as PDF files.

Many sample book chapters also come as PDF files, as well as owner’s manuals or user guides.

Applicable to:
iPad versions: iPad, iPad 2, the New iPad, iPad mini, iPad with Retina Display
iOS versions: iOS 5, iOS 6 and up

Today I’m going to be discussing how to open PDF files on iBooks that you received by email through the Mail App.

Suppose you received by email a sample chapter of an interesting book you might want to buy. Of course, you will want to have a look at it first to be able to decide whether to buy it or not.

Open the Mail App


Locate the email with the PDF file and tap on it.


The PDF file gets displayed within the Mail App. Tap on the recently opened file. An action menu appears on the top right corner.


Tap on the action menu

Tap on the action menu. Then tap on the iBooks App icon.


The PDF file opens on iBooks and will stay in your library for you to read.


Stay tuned for another post on iBooks.

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