How To Add Epub Books To Your iPad Without iTunes [iOS Tips]=

The last 12.7 update is huge! And there’s been a lot of fuss about the latest 12.7 iTunes update. Looks like Apple is finally slowly, step by step is trying to make iTunes easier to use. This is a big step forward. New iTunes looks better and is way easier to navigate. So here’s a quick guide about how to get new ePub file to appear on the iBooks reader on iPad or iPhone.

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Method 1 — Drag epub files to iPhone directly.

Step 1open iTunes & plug in your iPhone.

If you are a Window user, you need to download the latest iTunes version to your computer first. If you are a Mac user, you need to update iTunes to the latest version. Then launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer via USB. Then you will see a device icon on iTunes, see the below picture.

connect iphone to itunes

Step 2click the iOS device icon, you make sure to go to Summary to check  Manually manage music and videos under Options. Then click Sync and Done button. It may take some time to sync the content from your iPhone to iTunes. So please wait patiently.

mannually manage music and videos

Step 3click Books in the left sidebar of iTunes. Then locate the epub files that you want to transfer to your iPhone. Last, drag and drop the epub books from your computer to iTunes. See the below picture.

drag epub to itunes

Step 4it may take some time to sync the epub files to your iPhone. After the synchronization you will see the epub files on the iBook reader on iPhone.

syncing books to iPhone

You may notice that now transferring epub files to iPhone with the latest iTunes version is way easier than before. 

Method 2 — File Sharing

Step 1open iTunes on your computer and plug in your iOS device. Then click the device icon on iTunes. 

Step 2click File Sharing in the left sidebar of iTunes. You will see a list of apps which allow you to transfer documents between your iPhone and this computer.

file sharing

Step 3add epub books to your preferred reader app which supports epub format files. Take ADE for example, you can transfer your epub files to iPhone by just dragging epub files to Digital Edition Document folder or clicking Add File to copy epub files to third party reader apps.

add epub file to ade

If you use method 1 to transfer epub files to iPhone, you can only read the epub files on iBook. But if you use method 2, you can use epub support third party apps to read the epub files. 

Method 3 — transfer epub to iPhone wirelessly

You can only use iTunes to transfer epub to iPhone wirelessly if you are using an old version iTunes(before the 12.7 version). If you are using to the latest version iTunes and want to transfer epub files to iPhone wirelessly, you need to uninstall the latest iTunes and install the old version iTunes.

Step 1for iTunes Wi-Fi sync, your iPhone needs to connect to Wi-Fi. At the same time, you need to go to Summary on iTunes to check Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi after plugging in your iPhone to your computer. Then click Apply. After that you can unplug your iPhone. You may need to restart your computer in order to sync your iPhone with iTunes. 

Note: you only need to plug in your iPhone once in order to check Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi function. So iTunes can sync with your iPhone over Wi-Fi automatically without connecting iPhone to your computer with USB cable next time.

sync with this iphone over wifi

Step 2add epub files to iTunes by clicking the small icon on the left upper corner of iTunes. Then click Add File to Library in the drop-down menu.

add file to library

Step 3after adding epubs to iTunes, you can sync the epub files to your iPhone. Click the Books in the left sidebar of iTunes. Then click Sync Books to choose whether you want to sync All books or only Selected books. Next check the books you want to sync to iPhone. Last, click Sync button to start syncing the checked books to iPhone. 

sync books and apply

It will pop up a window. You need to click Erase and Sync. Then iTunes will start looking for your iPhone. 

erase and sync
looking for iphone

It will take a bit long time to backing up the files if it’s your first time to transfer epub to iPhone wirelessly. But next time it will take no more than 3 minutes to transfer epub books to your iPhone. 

backing up

Copy epub to iPhone without iTunes

Method 1 — Transfer epub to iPhone with Airdrop

If you are using a Mac, you can use AirDrop to move epub file from Mac to iPhone, make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi.

1. Select Go in the menu bar and choose AirDrop in the list.

choose airdrop

2. On your iPhone, launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone, turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirDrop.

turn on airdrop

3. Right click the epub book to share the book via Airdrop. Then click Accept on your iPhone. It will let you choose the app to open the epub file.

share with airdrop

Method 2 — Transfer epub to iPhone with Email

Simply attach your epub books to an email then send it to yourself. After that go to download the books from email to your iPhone. Then you can choose approximate apps to read epub files on iPhone. 

Method 3 — Transfer epub to iPhone with Dropbox

First of all, you need to register a Dropbox account on your computer and download a Dropbox app onto your iPhone and log in with the same account. Second, upload the DRM free epub books to Dropbox on your web. Then you can download the epub books in Dropbox on your iPhone. After download the epub books, you cna choose to open the files with all supported apps, like ADE, iBooks, etc.

Method 4 — Transfer epub to iPhone with Calibre

If you are ebook enthusiast, you may be familiar with Calibre. But many of you may don’t know the fact that Calibre allows you to download books in Calibre library at LAN(Local Area Network) by simply typing the server address and port on browser’s search bar on iPhone. 

Notice: your iPhone must connect to WiFi comes from the same server that you computer are using.

Step 1open Calibre on your computer, then add epub books to Calibre by simply dragging and dropping the epub files to Calibre or clicking Add books to epub files to Calibre library.

add epub to calibre1

Step 2click Connect/share icon on the tool bar. Then click Start Content Server in drop-down menu. Then click Connect/share icon again, you will get a website address.

start content server
copy address

Step 3type the address on iPhone browser’s search bar. Like the above image, you should type in the search bar. Then you will get all the books you have added to Calibre library earlier. Tap the one epub book cover and click the Download button to download this book.

calibre library
download epub

Step 4 after you download the epub file, it will ask you to open this book on iBooks or other epub support reader apps. 


After clicking on the file from your email you will get the prompt below, then you open in iBooks.

open epub with ibooks
open with other apps

Method 5 — Transfer epub to iPhone with Epubor

Epubor is the best eBook Manager for you to manage your eBooks from different sources. It can also transfer epub files to iPhone like Calibre. 

Step 1open Epubor and add epub files to Epubor library. There are three methods to add epub files to Epubor library. Besides dragging and dropping epub files to Epubor and clicking the Add button to add epub to Epubor, you can also move epub files from Calibre library, ADE and your kobo ereader to Epubor library directly. 

add epub to epubor

Step 2click TOOLBOX on the tool bar, then click Web Server and you’ll get the server address as well as the port. 

epubor lan address

Step 3as it is shown in the above image, you need to type on browser’s search bar on iPhone to download the epub files to your iPhone. 

epubor library on iphone

Step 4choose your preferred reader app to open the downloaded epub books on iPhone.


Even with little or no knowledge of computer or technical skills these methods are very straight forward and you should be able to add the desired book to your library.