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I’ve previously detailed how you can transfer ePub files to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes and USB syncing, but what if you’re away from your computer or don’t want to deal with the hassle of working with files? Thanks to this article by Adam Engst at Tidbits, you can now use your iOS device to open any ePub file directly from Safari.
In this example, I’m opening a free book from Project Gutenberg’s website in Safari. If you’re given the option of file type, select ePub.
You’ll then be given two options. If you select “Open in iBooks,” you’ll be switched to iBooks, where the file will open. If you select “Open with…” you’ll be given the option of selecting the app to open it with.
The apps that you have to select from will depend on which apps you have installed. Any app that is capable of opening ePub files should appear in this list.