books on iPad for Aboriginal people.

To: Denise Goodfellow <>
Subject: books on iPad for Aboriginal people.
From: David Adams <>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:32:55 +1100
> Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land want to download a couple of my
fauna books onto iPads
>  as they contain much information in their language.  Does anyone know
how I can go about this?

If you have access to the iPads, you've got a few options. Things have been
changing with book transfer in the past year or so, at least on Mac OS.
(Books are now in iBooks instead of iTunes with OS X 10.9+) One idea worth
trying is to download a wonderful free program called Calibre onto your
computer (Mac or Windows):

Install Calibre onto your computer and then import your books into the
Calibre library. From there, you can do all sorts of things such as
changing formats. ePub and iBooks works very well in most cases on the
iPad. For transfers, go to Calibre and look for "Connect/Share" and then
select "Start Content Server."  Look again and the item will tell you the
address of the content server on your local network, such as:

"Stop Content Server [ Port 8080]"

At this point, Calibre is running a small Web server on your network at the
address listed above. Any machine that is on that network should be able to
download books by opening Safari (Chrome doesn't work) on the iPad and
doing to the address. Using the example above:

Once you've connected from the iPad, you should see a Web site with various
options for looking through the collection of books. Find one of the books
you want to transfer and look for a button labeled "Get". Click it and
Safari should ask what you want to open the document in. I use "Open in
iBooks" as that's the reader I prefer. (Lots of people like Stanza and
other readers - several of which will also work in this case with

That usually does the trick.

Another trick that I've seen described is to email a copy of the book and
then click the document. Again, you should see 'Open in iBooks' and
possibly other options. That's even easier than using Calibre, I suppose. I
just tried this out here and it worked when I logged into a mail account
using Safari. I just tried it from the Mail program on the iPad and it
worked perfectly - and with the easiest to understand dialogs yet.

I'm sure that there are other ways beyond these - perhaps even hosting the
files on a Web server would be enough, I don't see why it wouldn't be.

Hope this helps.

P.S. I don't know if you need any special fonts to display text in the
language. If so, you can embed fonts in PDF and some other formats. Calibre
can sometimes be helpful with such tasks, depending on exactly how you
created your book files.
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