How to Edit eBooks on iPad and iPhone
Are you a part of the iOS family?
A recent research done by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has shown that a larger portion of Americans (68% of cell phone users) are smartphone users, while a little over 30% of all Americans use iPhones. The approximate number of any iPhone model users in the USA in 2015 was 101 million, and 58 million iPhone 6 or newer devices are in the hands of Americans at any given moment. iOS users are definitely one big club, and that club has another huge division called iPad users.
These numbers, of course, go up if you count Canada. In mid-2014, Apple owned 52.3% of the combined market between Canada and USA. Steady on the rise ever since making their first iPhone model in 2007, Apple has been growing for years and we can only assume this trend will continue.
Are you an eBook lover?
Judging by the stats, chances are high that you either use an iPhone, iPad or both in your everyday work and free time. These mobile devices are so convenient for doing everything on the go, including reading, that more and more people drop the traditional reading forms and turn to eBooks on iOS. So, if you’re an avid reader and eBook user, follow along and learn which amazing free reading and other related apps you have to check out on the App Store.
Useful Productivity Apps for Editing eBooks
Which apps can give you a great user experience while getting you summer vacation library ready? iBooks is one such app that can be used on both iPad and iPhone, and is the perfect eBook reader for several reasons:
- iBooks supports PDF, EPUB and the new IBA (iBook Author) format
- It is integrated in your device since day 1, so that you don’t have to search further
- In case you have issues with the app you can contact Apple Support 24/7
Dropbox has long been the undisputed king of transferring files among multiple devices, and for good reasons. Dropbox runs a freemium business model, which means that the basic version of the app and tool offers all of the same features as the paid version. However, the upgraded version offers more freedom with file size and storage capacity. After overcoming multiple security breaches in the first several years of development, Dropbox learned from their mishaps and worked hard on creating a safer and more user friendly system. That is why today Dropbox is one of the safest transferring systems in the world of computers and touchscreen devices. Here are some services that are offered with their free version:
- Storing documents on your mobile device for unlimited time
- Scanning documents, whiteboards, receipts and files and converting them to PDF. This means you can quickly scan a textbook or notes, convert and send straight to iBooks for further reading on the go
- Having files available even when not connected to the Internet
Purchasing the Pro version will provide you an additional 1 terabyte of storage, which should have you covered for the rest of your reading life.
There is a reason why on a monthly basis Gmail has over a billion active accounts. Google is the jack of all Internet related things, master of many. There isn’t much to say about Gmail since only 1 in 17 email users hasn’t tried this app. This means that the audience is huge and familiar with the company behind it, and their services. Having a Gmail account gives you free Google Drive storage where you can store 15GB of eBooks – that’s a lot of books.
PDF to Word
PDF to Word by Cometdocs is one of the best productivity apps regarding converting the jagged and hard-to-work-with PDF files. Why? Nearly instant conversion, immense OCR engine, multiple integrated importing services, optimized file format (.docx) after conversion, same formatting as prior to conversion… Tell me when to stop.
PDF to Word came out with a huge, third release in early May 2016. This release brought major changes to their user interface, as well as the code written in Swift. Here are some of the new changes in patch 3.1 that came out just a few days ago:
- Files can now be imported from Gmail, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive for easier access to your stored files
- You can also convert Google Docs, from Google Drive to MS Word format and edit it on your device
- No limitations on file size or number of conversions
- Front-running OCR technology
- Easy to edit .docx files are the end product of conversions, which means your files are instantly optimized to be edited in MS Word app
Having this app on your phone can be a game changer in case you need to do some quick editing on your iPhone or iPad and with this app you will be a step closer to editing eBooks.
Google online, Microsoft offline. The well known one-two punch of these tech giants comes hand in hand with PDF files. MS Word came out significantly late with the iOS app version when compared to their, call them “competitors”. Word has been the most common text editing tool in the past 15-20 years, and every tech-savvy iPhone owner should have this app for multiple reasons:
- It resembles the desktop version which we all grew up and became first familiar with
- MS Word does the absolute best job at quick editing
- Available in over 30 languages
- Compatible with .docx files, but can also read .doc files
MS Word mobile app does have one drawback, though – you are limited to opening only one document at a time! However, with all the good points, we can forgive them this one flaw.
In the end…
This is only our modest suggestion of apps that we consider the best at managing, reading, editing, storing and transferring eBooks on the go. Tell us what you think about them and feel free to test them out if you haven’t yet!
My name is Sandra Rodgers. I run the Cometdocs blog and post on it weekly. I love yoga, travel, photography, cooking foreign cuisine traditional meals and I’m a major tech enthusiast. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter.