How to Email an E-Book to an iPad

by Julius Vandersteen
Attach an e-book to an email message and receive it with your iPad.

Attach an e-book to an email message and receive it with your iPad.

The iPad is tablet computer from Apple. It comes with a Multi-Touch display, which measures 7.3 inches by 9.5 inches, making it suitable for reading e-books. The Wi-Fi iPad can connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi, and the Wi-Fi + 3G iPad connects to the Internet over Wi-Fi or through a cellular data network. You can download an e-book to the iPad over the Internet with Apple's free iBooks app, copy it over a USB cable with the free iTunes application on your computer, or receive one as an attachment in an email message.

1

Draft an email message and address it to yourself, using an email account that you have set up with your iPad. Attach an e-book to the message from a folder on your computer. Click "Send" to send the email.

2

Tap the Mail icon on the home screen of your iPad when it is connected to the Internet.

3

Tap an email account's mailbox to open it. The iPad will start downloading the latest email messages.

4

Tap the message that has the e-book attached to it. The message will open on the screen.

5

Tap the e-book link in the message. If it is a PDF file, it will open in the Mail app. If it is saved in a different format, such as EPUB, you will be prompted to open it in iBooks or another book-reading app installed on your iPad. Tap the arrow icon while reading a PDF with the Mail app if you want to read the PDF with a book-reading app. A list of compatible apps will appear. Tap an app, and the iPad will switch to the app and display the e-book with it.

About the Author

Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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