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Old 03-14-2012, 03:40 AM   #16
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Thanks, ilovejedd, but I'll try to get the Bluefire thing working first.
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:31 AM   #17
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I have attached the iPad to the computer (running Windows 7), let iTune open by itself, and let it synchronise
I clicked on devices - Owner's iPad is the only one I have
I clicked on the Apps tab, and the apps I have appeared on the computer screen
I clicked on Bluefire Reader, and a dark blue margin showed around it. Nothing else happens.
I do not see a File Sharing section, and never have seen anything like that. How do I make it show? I've looked in the File icon on the top left of the iTunes display, but don't see anything resembling File Sharing - nor in any of the other options in the horizontal menu at the top of the iTunes window.
When you click on the apps tab, after having selected the iPad, the top half of the screen should have a list of apps on the left, and a picture of the iPad home screen on the right, do you get that?
If so, you should be able to scroll down, and see the file sharing section. This has another list of apps on the left, but this time only those that accept iTunes file transfers are included. And the Documents area on the right is the space you can drop files into.

This is what it should look like:


There are minimum versions of iOS and iTunes to make this work. For the iPad I think you need at least iOS 3.2, and it might have been iTunes 9.1, I'm not sure.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:27 PM   #18
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When you click on the apps tab, after having selected the iPad, the top half of the screen should have a list of apps on the left, and a picture of the iPad home screen on the right, do you get that?
If so, you should be able to scroll down, and see the file sharing section. This has another list of apps on the left, but this time only those that accept iTunes file transfers are included. And the Documents area on the right is the space you can drop files into.

This is what it should look like:


There are minimum versions of iOS and iTunes to make this work. For the iPad I think you need at least iOS 3.2, and it might have been iTunes 9.1, I'm not sure.
Thanks for all your trouble, murraypaul.

When I open iTunes without having the iPad connected I see a panel on the right labelled iTunes sidebar - at the moment it's advertising Ping.

When I connect the iPad and click on device that sidebar stays visible.

When I click on apps the left hand panel remains visible, but a bigger panel showing the apps takes up the rest of the screen - there is nothing to the right of the panel showing the apps.

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Your screen capture look very different from mine, so I've obviously omitted some vital step. But I don't know what that step might be.

PS So far as I know I've got the latest updates to the iOS and to iTunes.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:41 AM   #19
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You have the Apps section of your itunes library selected, rather than the apps that are actually installed on your ipad.

Select 'Owner's ipad', then the 'Apps' tab that appears at the top of the screen.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:55 AM   #20
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You have the Apps section of your itunes library selected, rather than the apps that are actually installed on your ipad.

Select 'Owner's ipad', then the 'Apps' tab that appears at the top of the screen.
Thanks, Glenn. I just came back to admit my mistake, and you've already posted the reason.

I'm so embarrassed; I had clicked the Apps icon on the left panel rather than the one on the horizontal menu. Once I clicked the correct icon everything fell in to place - except that though I can transfer books from my computer to Bluefire I still can't work how to transfer books from the iBooks library to the Bluefire library. I want to do that so I can do a true comparison.

I know the ebook I transferred from my computer looks better in Bluefire than it does in iBooks.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:13 AM   #21
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Here's what to do. Go to iTunes, and on the left in the sidebar, you'll see something called Books. Check the list, find the book you want, and drag and drop to a location of your choice on your hard drive. Next, go back to itunes and look at your on-device app list, choose bluefire reader and either drag and drop to there, or do "add" and choose the book you just saved out. Works fine with non-DRMd books.

AFAIK there is no way to simply drag from one app to the other. You will always have to have some intermediate steps.

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Old 03-15-2012, 03:36 AM   #22
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Here's what to do. Go to iTunes, and on the left in the sidebar, you'll see something called Books. Check the list, find the book you want, and drag and drop to a location of your choice on your hard drive. Next, go back to itunes and look at your on-device app list, choose bluefire reader and either drag and drop to there, or do "add" and choose the book you just saved out. Works fine with non-DRMd books.

AFAIK there is no way to simply drag from one app to the other. You will always have to have some intermediate steps.
Thanks, kyteflyer
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:10 PM   #23
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BlueFire reader

Install dropbox on your PC and iPad. Log in on your iPad and your computer
Open iTunes; click on your books, and highlight everything that you want to put in Bluefire Reader.

Drag all your books to the dropbox on the computer. Open dropbox on your iPad and click on each (I don't think you can select more than one at a time.)

You will get an error "This file tpe can't be viewed", etc. Don't worry about that. Just touch the arrow on the top right hand corner of the iPad app and it will ask where you want to put the file. Choose Bluefire Reader and voila! It's there.

Much better interface, I think.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #24
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The easiest way to get your epubs to Bluefire or iBooks is by emailing them to yourself and tapping on "Open in..." on the attachment.

Another option (if you think you'll be doing this regularly), if you have Dropbox, install the Dropbox app on your iPad and link it to your Dropbox account. After that, you can just copy the ebooks to your Dropbox folder, open the Dropbox app on the iPad, browse to the ebook and tap on "Open in...". If you have other epub readers installed on your iPad, those should show up in the "Open in..." dialog. If you star/favorite the book in Dropbox, it'll make it available offline so say you only open it in iBooks right now, you open the book in Bluefire later even if you don't have internet connection. I use this method to get ebooks to iBooks, Stanza, MegaReader, Bluefire, Kobo, etc.
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Install dropbox on your PC and iPad. Log in on your iPad and your computer
Open iTunes; click on your books, and highlight everything that you want to put in Bluefire Reader.

Drag all your books to the dropbox on the computer. Open dropbox on your iPad and click on each (I don't think you can select more than one at a time.)

You will get an error "This file tpe can't be viewed", etc. Don't worry about that. Just touch the arrow on the top right hand corner of the iPad app and it will ask where you want to put the file. Choose Bluefire Reader and voila! It's there.

Much better interface, I think.
The above 2 posts honestly provide the most seamless method of transferring your books from your PC to whichever ereader App you desire. I have used this method for the past 2 years, and find it the most simple and direct way.

This help page on the DropBox website will answer all your questions, and show you how easy its use is. You can also use Dropbox to transfer pictures, any documents, etc, to the relevant Apps on the iPad:
https://www.dropbox.com/help

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Thanks for your advice, but...

I have attached the iPad to the computer (running Windows 7), let iTune open by itself, and let it synchronise
I clicked on devices - Owner's iPad is the only one I have
I clicked on the Apps tab, and the apps I have appeared on the computer screen
I clicked on Bluefire Reader, and a dark blue margin showed around it. Nothing else happens.
I do not see a File Sharing section, and never have seen anything like that. How do I make it show? I've looked in the File icon on the top left of the iTunes display, but don't see anything resembling File Sharing - nor in any of the other options in the horizontal menu at the top of the iTunes window.

What am I doing wrong?
Scroll Down: The file sharing is below the apps listing and there will be another box with bluefire in it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:53 AM   #26
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Scroll Down: The file sharing is below the apps listing and there will be another box with bluefire in it.
Thanks, I'll give that a try.
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:29 PM   #27
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YES! To put a book you have written onto the bluefire app:
1. Connect your iPad to itunes.
2. Go to "apps" and scroll down to the bottom.
3. click on the Bluefire app and drop your epub into the box on the right
4. sync

very simple.

If it still doesnt work ty deleting and redownloading bluefire then restart the ipad. that should do it
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Hi my name is celeste
I am having trouble getting a book from kobo to bluefire reader. I have a the new ipad I tried emailing it to myself in a attachment but the attachment was a picture of the book so I could not open it.
Can someone give me ideas of how I can get the book. I brought the book a month ago from kobo and it is getting frustrating that I can't read it.

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I am having trouble getting a book from kobo to bluefire reader. I have a the new ipad I tried emailing it to myself in a attachment but the attachment was a picture of the book so I could not open it.
Can someone give me ideas of how I can get the book. I brought the book a month ago from kobo and it is getting frustrating that I can't read it.

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If the book has DRM it will only be readable via the Kobo for iOS app. If there is no DRM then it should be readable via Bluefire or any other ePub reader app.

I use iTunes to drag and drop book files into my iPad 3 and that works really well.
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