If you enjoy studying the Watchtower magazine on your iPad, you probably do so with iBooks. This might be because its the default app that Apple recommends when you download an ePub document from Safari. While iBooks is great for highlighting and adding notes to ePubs, it doesn’t allow folder organization or easy syncing of files between devices.
If you want to have better organizational control of your magazines, not to mention better annotation abilities, you’re better off using an app like Documents [review here] or PDF Expert [review here]. The problem with these apps is that they don’t give you the scripture pop-ups like iBooks provides. But there is a way to get the best of both worlds!
The File Converter is an app that will do just that. It will convert Watchtower ePub documents into PDFs while preserving the scriptural links. This allows you to study the Watchtower like you do in iBooks, but harnessing the syncing and annotation powers of Readdle’s apps. This method can be used on any ePubs you’d like to study, not just the Watchtower magazine. Kingdom Ministry issues and other books can be converted too. The following video will walk you through how to do it.
This is the workflow I currently use. I download an ePub, convert it into a PDF. Then I throw it into my Dropbox folder within Documents by Readdle. That one PDF now gets automatically placed on each of my devices (even my computer). It also shoots a copy automatically to my wife’s iPhone and iPad. A one-time download automatically gets each of our devices up to date. Then, if we highlight the file, those annotations get synced to the other devices too. The app that makes all of this possible is called The File Converter (link below). You can also see more of the app’s features in this video review.