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How to read your ebooks on aniPad

Help and tips for customers who prefer to read on an iPad

The books work fine on Android and Windows devices as well, but this page focused on some Apple-only features like Safari Reading list.

Hands down, the best reading experience for my books is on Apple’s lovely iPad: you can sit in your favourite chair and still have all the great features of the online version of the book (even when you’re offline). It looks great and works great. There’s zero setup. Just go to your email on the iPad and tap on the access link that you received after purchase (get help finding that link).

“And boom, there you go,” as Steve Jobs would have said.

The original iPad! I still have mine. It’s being used as a digital picture frame.

Use Safari Reading List for offline reading

What if you’re travelling? What if you’re just out and about without a cellular data plan? What if you have a really terrible internet connection and want to load it up while you’ve got the chance so you can rely on the book being available later? The iPad works perfectly for this. Just add the book to your “Safari Reading List.” The Safari Reading list will also sync to your other Apple devices via iCloud.

One tiny catch: Reading List actually does not save pages by default. You have to turn that feature on. Quoting from an Apple help page:

To save articles offline, go to Settings > Safari > Reading List and tap Automatically Save Offline. If you recently updated to iOS 11, you might see a prompt to Save Automatically.

Other offline reading options

Not that you really need them, but there are other options for offline reading. For instance, Instapaper is a read-it-later service with many more advanced features (like notes, highlighting, and better organizational options for all your saved pages) — highly recommended. There are several other read-it-later services, but Instapaper is my favourite.

But Apple’s own Reading List feature for Safari is by far the easiest: baked right in, and extremely simple.

Take notes while you read

You can split the iPad screen into two “panes,” and keep the Notes app open in the small pane on the right while you read the book in the larger pane on the left. You can also copy and paste between them. This isn’t great on the smaller iPad Mini — not enough screen real estate — but it’s fine on the “medium” (regular) sized iPads, and fantastic on the big iPad Pro.