Did you know you can browse the Internet Archive from you iPad? Not only that, but with Readdle’s amazing Documents app [free – iOS] you can browse, discover, download, read and manage the publications you find. Here’s how.
Open the Documents app and tap the Browser item in the side panel. Enter the URL for the site you wish to visit, then tap Return.
In this example, I browsed to the American Libraries section then used the topic keywords on the right to display Mississippi history items. Notice that Documents went to full-screen once I started browsing. I can display the functional sidebar at any time by tapping the three-bar icon located at the top left corner of the screen.
Documents’ browser supports all IA’s web-based features like searching within the publication, favoriting and sharing. When you are ready to download, scroll down the screen to display the download options.
Documents supports both PDF and EPUB reading formats. In the Download Options box, tap the format you wish to download. A download icon will appear just to the right of the format you chose and a popup similar to the one below appears.
You can rename the file from this screen if you wish. Documents saves the file to its Download folder by default, but you can change that by tapping the More icon on the right and selecting another download source. When you are ready, tap the Done button and your download will begin.
Here is the renamed and downloaded publication file in Documents’ Downloads folder. It’s ready for me to read. I also have a number of organizational options both within the Documents app and at cloud storage accounts I’ve set up for use in Documents.
When Documents is installed, there are four folder automatically created: Downloads, Photos, iTunes Files and iPod Music Library. You can create additional folders. These folders and the files you save to them actually reside in your iCloud drive. You can also connect to Dropbox and Box accounts if you wish.
By taking advantage of Documents’ file management and reader capabilities, you can build an impressive cloud-based library of reference material that can be accessed from just about anywhere. Don’t stop with books either. Now that more society quarterlies along with a growing number of magazines are also available in PDF format, I can keep all of them I want!
I almost forgot . . . Documents also has an indexing feature that allows you to search for text in your stored documents and files (MS Office, iWork and HTML).