Have you ever started reading a long article on the web and thought that it would be great to be able to read it in iBooks on the iPad? If so, did you know it’s quite easy (on a Mac) to print a web page as a PDF to iTunes and read it later on the iPad (or iPhone) in iBooks?
Well … it is. Read on for a quick rundown on how it’s done …
How To Send Web Pages to iBooks
To save any full web article for transfer to iBooks (via iTunes) on a Mac here’s what you need to do:
— Create an alias of the iTunes application. To do so, browse to your /Applications folder in Finder and right-click on the iTunes app icon. Choose ‘Make Alias’ from the menu list that pops up.
— Drag the alias you just created to the desktop. Then browse in Finder to the ~/Library/PDF Services folder, and drag the iTunes alias into that folder.
— Now you’re ready to save a web page for use in iBooks. Browse to any web page you want to save in this way.
— Click on the File Menu in your browser and choose the ‘Print’ item in the menu.
— In the Print dialog that pops up, click on the PDF button at the lower left, and then choose ‘iTunes’ from the drop-down that appears (as shown in the screencap at the top of this post).
Now you should be able to go to the iTunes app and click on the Books selection within the Library section in the left pane, and see your newly saved web article shown there.
You can modify the title and other details listed for the web article by right-clicking on its entry in the Library and clicking on the Info tab, then just edit as desired.
After seeing this method mentioned at Mac Os X Hints, I’ve tried this out with a handful of web articles. It works well, and is especially nice for long, multi-page articles – like Engadget’s excellent iPhone 4 review …
I really like the iBooks app, and I think this is a nice option to have alongside dedicated apps like InstaPaper and Read It Later. I’m sure there’s a fairly simple way to accomplish the same thing in Windows, but I haven’t played around with that as yet. If you know the steps for Windows, please share in the comments.
Hope this is a helpful tip for those of you who are iBooks fans.