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iBooks permits easy file sharing and import of Pdf files to iPad through iTunes, however it lacks annotation/highlighting. After import, I prefer to open PDF file with 3rd party PDF viewers like Foxit. However I have no idea how to bring my PDF file from iBooks to Foxit reader.

Do you have any idea?

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Tried emailing them to yourself? –  Tom Gewecke Mar 8 '13 at 20:11

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I'm afraid it's not possible. I tried several times to do that. Maybe you'll want to use an app like Documents by Readdle on your iPad? That way you can manage your books from there and open them everywhere you want to.

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I have installed Documents by Readdle, but still find no way to easily move my PDF files from laptop to that program. Do you have any idea? –  Ali Mar 23 '13 at 16:54
Please see a related question: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/86508/… –  Ali Mar 24 '13 at 7:06

You could try importing a copy of the PDF. For example, if you right-click a PDF in the Books section of iTunes, and then choose "Show in Finder", you can see where iTunes stores the file. For me, it's in Music->iTunes->iTunes Media -> Books -> [authorname] -> [pdfname].pdf.

Then, in the File section of the Apps tab for the device (still in Itunes), you can select your PDF viewer of choice, press the Add button, and select the file you found above. If you select a file manager instead (say, File Pro or similar), you can then use it to open the PDF file with any compatible viewer.

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My question is about iBooks in iPad, your answer seems to be about Mac. Am I true? –  Ali Mar 10 '13 at 8:01
Not exactly. I'm using iTunes on the Mac (or PC) to find the PDF and then set up the desired iPad viewer or file utility to be able to "see" (a copy of) the PDF. When you get to the iPad, everything should be ready. –  Ed Stout Mar 11 '13 at 17:15

I don't think you can bring the PDF file from iBooks to Foxit reader. except you use another PDF reader such as Foxit Mobile PDF for iOS Pro. Hmm, Im familiar with PDF viewer on Mac, and also got some cool tools such as PDF Magic for Mac to manage my PDF files, but not so familiar with iPad PDF files.

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I found a simple way to transfer PDFs from iBooks to any other app you have on your iDevice... However, you must be jailbroken for this to work.

Here's how:

  1. In Cydia, download and install PDF Printer (it's in the BigBoss repo) (Note: your iDevice will respring once PDF Printer is installed)
  2. Open iBooks and open the PDF file you want to transfer.
  3. In iBooks, select the option to print / email PDF
  4. Choose print option
  5. Once print option box appears, choose PDF (to the right of "Print Option")
  6. Once PDF is "Printed" choose the open in icon on the top left of page
  7. Open the PDF in the app you want a copy kept in, such as PDF Expert.

I know it seems like a lot of steps, but it's not. It's really simple and MUCH easier and faster that emailing each iBook PDF to your self and way more convenient than syncing through iTunes.

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There is great program called Diskaid check it out. you can put files directly to foxit.

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Put files into Dropbox and then download into other reader. I will do this to use Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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How do you get the PDFs from iBook into Dropbox? –  patrix Mar 16 '14 at 21:37

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