iBooks is the go-to ebook reader app for the iPad, but leaves PDF lovers in the cold. Fortunately, for PDF enthusiasts, the iAnnotate PDF app for the Apple iPad gives users the ability to load their PDF files onto their iPad – and much much more.
When I first envisioned using the iPad as an ebook reader – and sold my Sony Reader Touch Edition – I viewed myself loading multiple ebook formats and having the ability to annotate, just as I did with the Sony Reader Touch Edition – but with color. Unfortunately, iBooks is limited to ePub ebook format only and doesn’t provide an option for annotation.
For a seasoned ebook lover like myself – who has an extensive library of PDF ebooks – converting all of my PDF ebooks to ePub format was the only option available to view my favorite ebooks on my Apple iPad. In theory, the process of converting PDF to ePub seems simple, but in practice, the process can be a huge headache. After converting PDF files to ePub, sentence structure and images are usually broken, split apart and, at times, placed on separate pages altogether; a horrible way to go about reading your favorite PDF ebooks. Fortunately, the iAnnotate app is here to save the day.
I recently discovered the iAnnotate PDF app for the Apple iPad and I’ve found it to be the perfect solution for my PDF / iBooks problem. iAnnotate PDF doesn’t have an inbuilt dictionary or a fancy library display like iBooks, but the features of the iAnnotate PDF iPad app more than make up for those shortcomings with seamless PDF browsing and tons of other features.
iAnnotate allows users to markup, comment, highlight, strikeout text, bookmark, write notes and export notes to iTunes. The iAnnotate PDF app is perfect for reading technical books like those found in the graphic arts, medical, programming and scientific fields – ebooks with lots of images and text that can’t afford to be split apart. As a bonus, multiple PDF files can be docked in iAnnotate PDF at once for easier navigation and as a quick resource for reference books.
Getting PDF ebooks into iAnnotate PDF is made easy with AJI PDF Service, a program that allows users to designate a computer folder to upload PDF ebooks wirelessly or via a USB port from. The development team behind iAnnotate PDF is quick to resolve issues and churn out updates that make this $9.99 iPad app worth more, not less, as time goes on. I strongly recommend this app for ebook lovers that love reading on the iPad, but are looking for a great PDF ebook reader.
For more read How to Add Any eBook to Work with iBooks on the iPad, Why the iPad Makes Me Want to Throw My Kindle in the Garbage, and Will the Apple IPad Destroy the Kindle and Sony Reader.
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