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After having used Eucalyptus and Stanza apps on my iPhone, I really can't read printed books while traveling any more.

What similar app can I use to transfer, store and read my own pdf files on my iPhone?

I know that Stanza has a Windows application that converts PDFs for iPhone, but I am not a Windows user.

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GoodReader is very handy. You can wirelessly transfer files and you can even add any web content to the GoodReader library simply by placing a "g" in front of the URL in mobile Safari.

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It has a custom PDF displaying engine which lets you zoom in for a 50X magnification! – deddebme Sep 28 '09 at 15:58
Indeed, its an awesome app. Impressed. Bought. And started using! – becomingGuru Sep 28 '09 at 16:55
And you missed to remark that is cost 5$. – sorin Apr 30 '10 at 14:42

My wife uses Evernote to read her existing PDFs of her knitting patterns on the iPhone - plus she has the benefit of them being available on the web, and her laptop. It also has a great free version.

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And it's free too! – jwaddell Sep 28 '09 at 22:58

As of 21st June, the Apple iBooks app can read and bookmark PDFs.

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My wife and I both use iBook to read PDFs. May not be as full-featured as the others mentioned here but it's working well for us. – Richard Nov 6 '11 at 12:46
I highly recommend this because safari supports downloading of PDFs right into iBooks. Also i find that the rendering is great, and iBooks' built in brightness display is awesome! – AMomchilov Sep 3 '12 at 20:42

I use Air Sharing which creates a virtual drive on your wireless network. I can copy files (including MS Office and PDF files) to my iPhone and view them. There are other file transfer apps that do similar things.

If you're starting with documents that are not PDFs (e.g. Word files), you might find reading PDFs inconvenient since PDFs are inherently page oriented. Stanza's FAQ page has an answer about creating ePub content from other documents.

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currently costing ~$3. – sorin Apr 30 '10 at 14:44

Readdle has an iphone app that allows you to download files in many formats from the web to your iphone. They give you some free storage space at their site, but you can sync the files to your phone for reading on a plane, etc.

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Adobe Reader by Adobe for iOS can view PDFs

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I use PDFViewer

  • Transfer your PDF files to your iPhone and view them with this application.


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    This application seems to be available only for jailbroken devices! – brandstaetter Sep 28 '09 at 12:56
    @brandstaetter: Is this a +1 or a -1 argument? – Tim Büthe Sep 28 '09 at 14:41
    I would say -1 - I have not looked at it, but being free would not be enough of a positive aspect. But at least it should be pointed out that this app requires jailbreaking, which currently is not possible on the 3GS and iPod touch 2nd and 3rd gen. – brandstaetter Sep 28 '09 at 16:04
    (not possible with the most recent firmware, that is) – brandstaetter Sep 28 '09 at 16:05

    Another possibility is to use Calibre, it can convert PDF and other ebooks into epub and it is compatible with Stanza on the iPhone for downloading docs into the phone. Internface is definitely not up to Mac standards but it works.

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    I copy the PDFs I want to read while being mobile into a folder in my DropBox. And I just view them using the DropBox app.

    So far, it's ok for simple PDFs, although moving from page to page may stutter a bit.

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    I generally recommend Evernote for reading PDFs. There are other iphone apps that can get the job done, but evernote is front of the pack.

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    I use Stanza. I've noticed some minor flaws in rendering slides, but it's more than adequate for my purposes.

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    Felaur PDF: I use it to read 300+ page PDF files.

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    iBooks can read PDFs, although I think evernote is the best.

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    Both iBooks and Evernote have already been mentioned in more detail. – grgarside Jul 26 '14 at 11:34

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