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Send websites and docs to iBooks Apps
With iTunes 9.2 and iOS 4, the iBooks 1.1 app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch can store and view PDF files, together with EPUB files.

If you want to quickly add a document or a web page to your 'Books' collection in iTunes, all you need to do is to create an alias of iTunes and drag it to ~/Library/PDF Services. Now, when you're browsing the web or viewing documents and you decide that you want to read them later on a portable Apple device just hit Print, click the PDF button on the bottom left corner of the window and choose iTunes. iTunes will launch and receive the PDF. Next, sync your device and you're ready to go.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. This idea will work with any application that can read a PDF, not just iTunes 9.2.]
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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: DougAdams on Jun 29, '10 07:41:44AM
I submitted this as a hint a few days ago, but this seems like an appropriate place to post it:

The scripts contained in the PDF Adder collection assist with adding PDF files to iTunes as "digital booklet" PDF tracks. Each provides a method for easily supplying Author (artist), Album, and Category (genre) tag data which is then applied to the newly-added PDF track:

  • Add as PDF to iTunes is a PDF Service workflow that, when installed, will be available in the PDF pop-up menu of the Print Dialog. It allows you to save the current document as a PDF file (from any application that uses the Print Dialog) and add it to iTunes.
  • PDF Adder is an applet that will let you choose an existing PDF file and add it to iTunes. It can be installed in iTunes' Scripts folder for easy access from iTunes Script menu.
  • PDF Dropper is a droplet that lets you add a PDF file to iTunes by drag-and-drop.

PDFs added to iTunes with these scripts will appear in the "Books" library and can sync with the iBooks app on iPhone or iPad.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
dougscripts.com


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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: booshtukka on Jun 29, '10 08:07:01AM

Crarko's note makes no sense. How would sending a PDF to, say, Preview get a website or doc into iBooks?



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: jellygreen on Jun 29, '10 08:19:29AM
Crarko's note makes no sense. How would sending a PDF to, say, Preview get a website or doc into iBooks?
It makes sense if you don't think of it being limited to iTunes/iBook integration. I think his point was that any PDF-capable application can be added to the PDF Services menu which would then allow you to send any printable view to another application as a PDF directly.

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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jun 29, '10 08:51:58AM

I think he's just commenting that you can also add other apps to the PDF menu in the print dialog to quickly create and open a PDF in them.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: crarko on Jun 29, '10 09:45:02AM

Yes, he was. :)



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: jellygreen on Jun 29, '10 08:15:15AM
Two quick observations:
    • Many people will most likely need to create the PDF Services folder in: ~/Library/
    • Once the alias is made, you can rename it and that name will appear in the PDF menu (for example, I renamed my alias to Save PDF to iTunes)


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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: wnaylor on Jun 29, '10 08:44:39AM

Thanks for the info - it works perfectly.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: horkstow on Jun 29, '10 10:19:25AM

It may be worth mentioning that using the Print menu only works in Preview. If the PDF document is open in Adobe Reader, this hint will not work.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: crarko on Jun 29, '10 10:27:20AM

It worked fine for me in Safari, TextEdit, Mail, and even Word 2004.

I suspect the only thing it doesn't work with is Acrobat, because Adobe circumvents the normal Print to PDF functionality in general there.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: kioarthurdane on Jun 29, '10 10:46:39AM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Instapaper yet. Sure, it's ten dollars, but it's synced over the internet (which you'll likely have if you're also sitting at your computer to sync your device).



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No sync necessary
Authored by: ttt on Jun 29, '10 09:26:05PM
I use this Mobile URL service to get sites from my Mac to my iPhone. It only handles one URL at a time, so you can't build up a library of links before looking at them on your mobile device, but it suits my needs perfectly when I'm in too big of a rush to sync.

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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: scottbayes on Jun 30, '10 04:23:10AM

Bonus: in Safari 5, if you select Reader first (not always available) you can print the cleaned up version of the web-page for use in iBooks. The printer icon in the HUD-type control bezel in Reader works nicely too, giving you a full print dialog.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: stdtestingexpert on Jul 09, '10 09:35:50AM

That is a bonus! I have only recently went MAC and am trying to convince my wife to do the same. She always complains about how IE crashes on her and I always tell her how nice Safari is, but she still won't switch. :(

Oh well...I'll add this to my list of perks to keep throwing out at her. :)

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Andrew M. Gibson



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: zo219 on Oct 18, '10 05:45:38PM

Just a reminder to a new user that it's spelled Mac, as in Macintosh.

MAC in all caps stands for Media Access Control address (MAC address) "a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces for communications on the physical network segment." (Thanks, wikipedia!)

Welcome to the Mac!



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Snow Leopard "Feature"
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jun 30, '10 07:41:14AM

Unfortunately, in Snow Leopard any time you open the Print menu, OS X wakes up your printer, creating wear-and-tear as well as wasting energy as a laser printer's hot roller heats up. Someone at Apple probably thought it was a clever way to speed up printing. Since I save PDFs to files far more often than I print, I'd prefer an option to shut that pointless behavior off.

Even better would be a new File menu option called "Digital" that'd handle digital outputs such as all the PDF options and (hopefully soon) ePub. Why should we go through a print menu when we're not printing?



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Snow Leopard "Feature"
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jun 30, '10 10:28:13AM
Unfortunately, in Snow Leopard any time you open the Print menu, OS X wakes up your printer, creating wear-and-tear as well as wasting energy as a laser printer's hot roller heats up.
Really? Does this only apply to laser printers? My inkjet, which still has a 30 second long 'warm-up' process never starts until I hit the Print button in the dialog. Anyway I'm sure there has to be some kind of setting for this somewhere... They can't force you to wake up all your printers every time you choose print... That's like waking all the shared computers on your network every time you open a new finder window.

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Snow Leopard "Feature"
Authored by: gklinger on Jun 30, '10 10:30:36AM

This worked for me (thanks) but I'm wondering where iTunes is storing what I send to it using the technique described in this tip? I looked in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Books/PDFs/ where items imported directly into iTunes are kept but the files weren't there. Suggestions?

Edit: Sorry, meant to reply to the root. I'm having one of those days.

Edited on Jun 30, '10 10:32:01AM by gklinger



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Snow Leopard "Feature"
Authored by: scotty321 on Oct 18, '10 03:49:51PM

Um, no it doesn't. No printer suddenly warms up just from you bringing up the Print dialog box. You are completely and totally 100% wrong.



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: slb on Jun 30, '10 06:55:08PM

For me, simply printing to PDF and saving to:

~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Books gets you the same result.
Much faster, and easier for the average Joe to understand :)

Scott



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: lsequeir on Jul 01, '10 03:43:14AM

This is fine if you want to keep a copy of the pdf around in your iTunes library.

For ocasional reading of something that you will not want to keep around, or for something that is already properly kept in the right place in your hard drive, I prefer not to let iTunes duplicate it somewhere (deep within its library hierarchy).
In this case, I just drag the file from the Finder right onto my iPod Touch icon on the left pane of iTunes window. I have been doing this for years with videos and it also works great with PDFs with iBooks and iOS4. So you might just save as PDF (to your Desktop, say), drag it onto your iPhone, and trash it when you're done.

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LuĂ­s



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: Mac Berry on Jul 01, '10 04:27:43AM

Firstly, I don't have a books collection in the sidebar of iTunes 9.2; how do I get one!?

But also, if you only want the pdf on your iPhone/iPad, not in iTunes, or even if you don't use iTunes to sync (I don't, other than manually transferring music; I use MobileMe for OTA synching), iOS4 includes an easy way to get pdf's into iBook. Read any pdf on your phone/pad (eg if it was an e-mail attachment), and you'll get an "Open in iBook" option, which should have been called "Save in iBook", because even after you delete the original copy, it'll still be there in iBook.

This has completely replaced FileMagnet for me.

Mark



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: GreginND on Jul 01, '10 08:36:17AM

This works great and thanks for the tip of printing the "reader" view. That's awesome.

Does anyone know how to do a similar thing with the OS X Services menu? If I have a PDF open in Preview, I would like to have a "Save to iTunes" option in the Services menu. I tried to put an alias of iTunes in ~/Library/Services but it doesn't show up. This would allow me to bypass the need to "print" the PDF. Correct me if I'm wrong but do you not lose some of the PDF information when you print it? (e.g. resolution, hyperlinks, etc.)



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Send websites and docs to iBooks
Authored by: dute on Jul 01, '10 08:59:21PM

This can also be enable entirely through the settings.

From the print dialog box click PDF -> Edit Menu -> + to add iTunes to your PDF menu. No library trickery required.

To the poster who doesn't have a books icon in their iTunes, you can enable it by checking the Books box under iTunes Settings -> General.



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