Listen to audiobooks in Apple Books

Learn how to buy and download audiobooks, and how to control the audio playback.

Mac showing featured audiobooks in the Audiobook Store, and iPhone showing the sections of the Audiobook Store, including new and trending audiobooks.

Find and buy audiobooks

In the Audiobooks Store, you can purchase audiobooks and listen to samples.

You might not be able to purchase audiobooks in your country or region. Learn what's available in your country or region.

Find and buy audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

To browse audiobooks, open the Apple Books app and tap the Audiobooks tab at the bottom of the screen. Explore new and featured audiobooks, or tap  Browse Sections at the top of the screen to see all genres and book store sections. Tap Great Narrators to browse for books with your favorite narrator, celebrity narrators, or full-cast dramatizations. Or tap the Search tab at the bottom of the screen to find specific audiobooks.

When you find an audiobook that you're interested in, you can listen to a sample. Tap an audiobook, then tap  PREVIEW. To buy the audiobook, tap the price.

If you purchased an audiobook but it looks like you haven’t bought it in the Book Store, you can find and redownload the audiobook in your previous purchases.

Find and buy audiobooks on your Mac

Open the Apple Books app and click Audiobook Store at the top of the screen. To browse for an audiobook, click Featured, Top Charts, Categories, or Top Authors. To search for a specific audiobook, use the search box at the top of the screen.

To hear a sample of an audiobook, double-click the book to open its information page, then click Preview below the book's price. To buy the audiobook, click the price.

Listen to audiobooks

To listen to an audiobook, you need to download it to your device first. Here's how:

Download audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. In the Books app, tap Reading Now, then tap your profile icon. 
  2. Under My Purchases, tap Audiobooks, then tap All Audiobooks. 
  3. Find the audiobook that you want to download, then tap the download button .

Download audiobooks on your Mac

  1. Open the Books app. 
  2. At the top of the window, click Audiobook Store.
  3. Under Quick Links, click Purchased.
  4. Find the audiobook that you want, then click the download button  in the top corner.

Listen to audiobooks on your Apple Watch

Use the Audiobooks app on your watch to stream your audiobooks or play audiobooks that you sync from your iPhone. Learn more.

Control audio playback

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, playback controls appear when you play an audiobook. On your Mac, playback controls are located at the bottom of the sidebar.


iPhone playing an audiobook by John Grisham. The playback controls are below the image of the book cover.

Fast forward or rewind

Tap or click the fast forward 15 seconds button  or the rewind 15 seconds button .

Change tracks

To change tracks, tap or click the table of contents button , then choose the track that you want.

Adjust the playback speed

To play the audiobook faster or more slowly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the playback speed button . On your Mac, click Controls > Playback Speed.

Set a sleep timer

If you want the audiobook to stop playing after a certain amount of time, set a sleep timer. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the sleep button . On your Mac, click Controls > Sleep Timer at the top of the screen.

Play to a speaker

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can tap the AirPlay button  to play an audiobook on a different speaker. Learn more about how to AirPlay audio.

How to find digital booklets

Some audiobooks are sold with supplemental PDFs called digital booklets. Here's how to find your digital booklets: 

  • On your iOS or iPadOS device, open the Books app, tap Library, tap Collections, then tap PDFs. 
  • On your Mac, open the Books app, then click PDFs.

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