Updated: December 4th, 2018

ePub on iPad: How to read ePub files on iPad in iBooks

ePUB on iPad & iPhone is made easy without iTunes needed. In this article we’ll share an absolutely troubleless way letting you read ePub on iPad in no time. What’s more – it’s done Wirelessly.

  • Published
  • by Julia

Let’s start with agreeing:

Epub (aka electronic publication) is the most advanced format for mobile reading.

Since it’s easily adjusted to your screen’s size, it’s ideal for reading on a smartphone.

There is a whole variety of ways to transfer ePub to iPad or iPhone: AirDrop, iCloud, iTunes.
 All of them demand all those additional clicks and movements, that eventually make users puzzled.

In this article we’ll focus on one of the easiest methods to transfer ePub on iPad. It requires just one desktop app – WALTR 2. This is a Mac & Windows application that takes the suck out of files sharing & syncing between an iPhone and a desktop.

Taking into account how often users need to quickly transfer ePUB on iPad & iPhone, WALTR 2 lets you put .epub on iPhone by simple drag-drop movement.

How to add ePub on iPad or iPhone with WALTR:

Before we jump to the exact tutorial, watch this quick promo telling you about all the ins and outs of this solution:

So if you wanna put ePUB on iPad & iPhone, follow the easy instructions we’ve provided below.

Step 0. If you don’t have WALTR installed – download it here:

Download WALTR 2 for FREE
Opens in a new tab

If you’re using Mac OS – drag the installation file into ‘Applications’ folder. If you’re a Windows user, go through the installation wizard.

Step 1. Start WALTR

One of the biggest advancements of WALTR 2 is support of Wireless Connection. That is you can send files to your iOS device via WiFi. No need for cords anymore (finally!).
If your iPhone and Mac/PC are connected to the same network, the app will detect your iPhone automatically.

If not, plug in your iPhone or iPad using standard USB cable.

Step 2. Drop your file into WALTR.

Wait a moment and:


Step 3. Locate the file in your iBooks app.

How to Add ePub on iPad & iPhone with iTunes

An alternative to ePub transferring with WALTR might be an iTunes method. Before you transfer ePub to iPad With iTunes, you’ll have to make sure that you have iBooks.app installed on your iPhone first.

Then you gotta connect your iPhone to your computer, launch iTunes and simply drag the files and drop ’em into iBooks library.

Here’s how it looks in the easy scheme below:

how to put epub on iPad, iPhone - table

Even though iTunes method looks so massive comparing to transferring with WALTR, it’s not that hard to execute. Yes, for a novice it may seem quite puzzling, but once you get used to it, it becomes way easier.

Anyways, if generally, you prefer not to use iTunes (let’s be fair – this program is too bloated and confusing), then WALTR is up to your services.

So that you know, transferring of ePub files isn’t the only renowned feature of this software.

WALTR – Mac & PC application that transfers media files to iPhones & iPads.

Why WALTR it so popular among users?

Well, this app basically crashes the format impediments built by Apple.
FYI – By default your native iOS Video/Music player can only play back MP4/MP3/ALAC/MOV.

With WALTR you have all the superpowers to transfer any file format to your device, including super rare formats like: M4V, 3GP, OGG, TTA and quite spread ones yet not supported: MKV, AVI, FLAC.

They all undergo ‘on-the-fly’ converting, so you don’t need to worry about format compatibiity. Be sure to drop in WALTR simply ANY video & music format, all of them are taken care of.

Book Formats Overview

WALTR 2 supports PDF and ePUB transfer. However there are many more versatile book formats, that it’s easy to get confused. Here we also added a simplified overview of the most spread formats for mobile reading. 

PDF –  Portable Document Format
It’s designed with the purpose to store documents with fixed layout. PDF files are super common in the World Wide Web, since they are easy to view and print. They are also supported by iBooks.app.

ePub – Electronic Publication
As we stated before, this file extension is the ‘golden standard’ for mobile reading. It can be easily adjusted to your screen’s size, which makes it very convenient. It’s also supported by majority of readers out there.

Docx – (short for document)
Docx and its forerunner – doc, are both native to Microsoft Office Suite. They are easily edited and viewed. The difference between the two is that the latter is an open format. Therefore, it’s supported by the bigger variety of readers.

Fb2 – Fiction Book
This ebook file is really good for reading literary works. It holds all the meta data of the file: like author’s name, publisher, title. Its size is easily adjusted. In addition FB2 is supported by majority of the readers (iBooks isn’t one of them).

Like always – Apple developed its own format (what a surprise!). It’s quite similar to ePUB, though there’re slight differences. The major one is that it has DRM protection. Hence, it’s mainly used in iTunes Books Store.

Mobi – Mobipocket
Mobi also quite a popular ebook format. Its main priority is convenience in using. For instance, you can add blank pages in any part of the book or even free hand-drawings. There’s also a possibility to make your own corrections or annotations while reading.


Whether you want to push .epub file on your iPad or iPhone – there is a whole bunch of tools ready to offer you a helping hand.

You may use iCloud, AirDrop, iTunes – you can even email the file to yourself and then open the attachment via iBooks.app.

And there’s also WALTR.

With a simple drag & drop movement you can send any file to your iPhone without even plugging your iPhone in.

Let us know what you think of this workaround in the comments!


Drag-and-drop any Music, Ringtones, Videos to iOS
WALTR 2 WALTR 2 Learn More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *