6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

I’m currently reading technical and educational eBooks, which are only available in PDF format. Unfortunately, I can’t convert them to MOBI for my Kindle, so I’ve been using my iPad mini to read them. My preferred eBook reader is GoodReader, which costs $4.99. Today, I want to highlight the small features in GoodReader that enhance the reading experience compared to iBooks. GoodReader is a versatile app that supports various formats, including images, and also includes a robust file manager for wireless downloads from computers or cloud accounts. In fact, GoodReader is so good that it should have been called GreatReader.

1. Import from iCloud Drive or Dropbox

There are several ways to import eBooks to GoodReader: via iTunes Sync, using GoodReader’s USB syncing app, or wirelessly through a browser on the same network.

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

My favorite feature is the Import. It brings up iOS 8’s Document Picker where I have access to all my files in iCloud Drive and Dropbox. When I download an eBook on Mac or PC, I just send it to Dropbox/iCloud Drive and use the Import button in GoodReader to download it right there. No need to jump to the Dropbox app and wait for it to sync first.

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2. Directly Download eBooks in GoodReader

If you know where to get the eBook and want to avoid syncing, use GoodReader with an internet-connected iPhone/iPad. Tap Connect, then choose Browse the web.

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

You can search for the eBook on Google or enter the URL directly if you have it. Use the “Download Linked File” option or tap the “Save” button in the bottom bar to save the current page in GoodReader.

Learn the buttons: GoodReader is powerful, but its interface has small, non-descript icons that resemble a Windows 98 app. To understand their functionality, simply tap on them to see what they do.

3. Search in PDF

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

Tap the Search button to bring up a search box. Enter your query, tap Search and the app will take you to the first instance of the word. You can tap the next/previous button to view others.

4. Crop Edges from PDF

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

Reading technical eBooks on an iPad mini often requires pan and zoom. To make this easier, you can crop the edges by using the Crop button at the bottom. Simply drag the edges in on the next screen and every page will be zoomed in.

5. Extract and Edit Text from PDFs

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

GoodReader, extract text from PDFs, present it as plain text. That means you can increase the font, switch to a different font style and more. Tap the third button from the bottom bar to get started.

6. Annotate and Export

6 Best GoodReader PDF Reading Tips for iPad and iPhone

Reading a book often involves annotation. This can be as simple as highlighting, note-taking, or drawing, which GoodReader allows. However, it’s crucial that these annotations are not confined to the app. GoodReader offers the option to export a summary of all book annotations via email. To do this, tap the book icon in the bottom bar, switch to Annotations, and select Email Summary.

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How Do You Read PDFs?

Do you read PDFs on your iPad? Do you highlight, annotate, and comment on your document as you read? What’s your favorite app for this? Let us know in the comments.

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