So I’m starting to learning PHP, but as a student whose’s bag is already crammed with (uselessly oversized) textbooks, I want to store the eBook/PDF of a PHP book I bought online, on my iPhone. Imagine all the PDF’s you’ve ever downloaded or torrented right on your iDevice (iPad would be savage for this)! Its extremely fastand easy to do! What we need is:
- iDevice: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (obviously)
- Mac (more obviously)
- eBook or PDF file (more more obliviously)
- WiFi network that both iDevice and Mac are on
If you’re stuck for a wireless network, you can create one on the Mac and let the iDevice join it.
Right lets rock(paper)(scissors)…
First off we want the iDevice to be able to access the eBook/PDF on your Mac. Open the ‘System Preferences‘ application and click on ‘Sharing‘.
In ‘Sharing‘ click on ‘Web Sharing‘ in the left column.
Now click on the checkbox of ‘Web Sharing‘ so it turns blue and has a tick in it. You’ll see the green light is now on and its says “Web Sharing: On“, you will also see a web address in blue, make note of it as we’ll be going to it on the iDevice. In my case it said “http://192.168.1.4/~jw”, it could also say the computer name, like “http://spartan.local/~jw”.
Next, in Finder, goto your home folder (mine is ‘jw’) and then into the ‘Sites‘ folder. Basically anything you put in here you can access on your iDevice (or computer) by going to the web address we took note of earlier. So in this ‘Sites‘ folder, copy/place/drag the desired PDF/eBook into.
Now on the iDevice, first get the iBooks app from the AppStore (if you hav’nt already), now in the Safari app goto the web address we took note of earlier, in my case it was http://192.168.1.4/~jw.
You’ll see a list of files, touch/click on the PDF/eBook you put in. It will open and on the top right, you’ll see an option “Open in iBooks”
Press that option and it’ll open in iBooks and will be saved
Well done! You’ve done it, the eBook/PDF is now in iBooks Library
You can do this to add all your eBooks and PDFs into the iBooks app so you can enjoy them on the go!
Note: When you enable ‘Web Sharing’ everyone can access what you have in your ‘Sites’ folder, now its mega-super-highely unlikely that some will know where or go into your ‘Sites’ folder while you’re doing this, but if you’re adding some explicit content, I’d just removed the evidence from your ‘Sites’ folder when your done. Also in every case, for piece of mind, just turn off ‘Web Sharing’ in ‘System Preferences’ when you’re done.
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