I have hundreds of ebooks stored on an external drive of mine. I don't want them on my MacBook Pro because I don't want them taking up space due to the fact that I don't read ebooks on my Mac. I just bought the new iPad so I can read these books.

In iTunes, I tried creating folders to put the books into in an attempt to organize them properly but they all just appear in the same huge list within the iBooks app on the iPad and I have to manually create collections and put the books in there.

Surely there has to be a better and more efficient way of doing this? I have tried Googling all over no question is specific to mine with a viable solution.

Basically to summarize:

  1. I have all my iBooks on an external drive which I want to sync with my iPad but without having them stored on my computer. What is the best way to go about this?

  2. How can I keep my collection organized so when I sync, I don't have to keep searching for new books I added to manually add them to an existing or new collection?

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Managing ebooks with iTunes is a horrific experience for the user. If you are willing to adjust your expectations, Calibre does a good job, but it lacks polish. You may find it doesn't work the way you expect, but with some patience you may find it does what you want (and more!)

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    This thread and this support page have information about using Calibre with an iOS device.
    – Nix
    Commented May 11, 2012 at 15:38
  • Thanks the answer, and @Nix for the additional links. I accepted this as my answer since at one point it did work, however unfortunately apple decided to disable the ability of calibre to talk to it in a recent itunes update - mobileread.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2113958&postcount=3 ... Back to sqaure one lol.
    – Damainman
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 13:15
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    Calibre update has fixed this issue and it now syncs again with iBooks on the iPad through iTunes.
    – user24906
    Commented Jul 6, 2012 at 4:32

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