Read books and more with Apple Books

Buy and download books and personalize your reading experience with Apple Books.

Explore the Book Store

Search for and purchase books from a variety of categories and genres from the Book Store.

Browse books on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

  1. Open the Books app and tap Book Store at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Browse the top charts or books recommended for you. Or tap Browse Sections to see book store sections like Coming Soon or genres like Young Adult or Nonfiction. You can also tap the Search tab to search for specific titles, authors, narrators, and more.
  3. Tap a book. You can tap Sample to read a preview of the book, or tap Want to Read to add it to your Want to Read list in the Reading Now tab.

You can tap Buy and confirm the purchase of your book. All of your books, book series, PDFs, and audiobooks that you've purchased from the Book Store or Audiobook Store or manually added to your device appear under the Library tab.

Browse books on your Mac

  1. Open the Books app and click Book Store at the top of the window.
  2. In the sidebar, click Top Charts, The New York Times, or Top Authors to browse for books. Or click Categories to see genres like Comics & Graphic Novels, History, or Mysteries & Thrillers. You can also use the Search option in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click a book. Then you can click Get Sample to read a preview of the book before buying.

You can click Buy and confirm the purchase of your book. All of your books, book series, PDFs, and audiobooks that you've purchased from the Book Store or Audiobook Store or manually added to your Mac appear in your Library tab under the All Books tab in the sidebar .

 

Read books

Tap or double-click a book to open it and start reading. If you close the book, Apple Books saves your place for you. Controls are available to customize your reading experience and annotate passages. You can also search for a specific word or page number and create bookmarks to view later.

Control your reading on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Tap the center of your screen on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to open and close the controls while reading. You can tap the Table of Contents button  to skip to a different chapter or section, see bookmarks you've added, and view highlights and notes you've made.

Learn how to adjust font sizes and brightness, take notes, and create bookmarks.

Control your reading on your Mac

To view the controls when you're reading on your Mac, move your pointer to the top of the book. You can click the Table of Contents button  to skip to a different chapter or section. To skip to a bookmarked page, click the the down arrow next to the Bookmark button .

Learn how to highlight and take notes or change a book's appearance.

Manage your library

Organize the books in your library, and download a book to read offline. If you need to remove any downloaded items, you can delete books and audiobooks from your devices.

Download books on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Find the item in your library. Don't see the book that you want?
  2. Tap the book to open it and download it automatically. You can also tap the More button below the book and choose Download.
  3. If the book is part of a series, first tap to open the series, then tap the download button under the book that you want. 

Organize your library on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Library. 
  2. Under Collections, tap the word next to Sort. If you don't see Sort, swipe down on your screen to have the option appear.
  3. From the menu that appears, choose Recent, Title, Author, or Manually. You can also sort other collections. For example, go to Collections > Audiobooks to sort your audiobooks by author.

Click the List View button List button to view your books as a list instead of a grid.

Download books on your Mac

  1. Find the item in your library. Don't see the book that you want?
  2. Click the cloud icon  in the upper-right corner. If you don't see the cloud icon, the book is already downloaded to your device.
  3. If the book is part of a series, first double-click to open the series, then click the cloud icon on the book that you want to download.

Organize your library on your Mac

  1. Click All Books in the left sidebar.
  2. Click Sort By in the upper-right corner.
  3. Choose Most Recent, Title, or Sort Manually.

Click the List View button List button to view your books as a list instead of a grid.

If you don't see a book

If you don't see a book that you purchased from the Book Store in your library, here are some things you can try.

Update your device

Make sure that you're using the latest version of iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, or the latest version of macOS on your Mac.

Turn on iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud
  3. Turn on both iCloud Drive and Books.
  4. Then go to Settings > Books. Under Syncing, turn on iCloud Drive.

Download all of your books on your Mac

  1. Click the Book Store tab at the top of the window.
  2. In the sidebar, click Featured.
  3. Under Quick Links, click Purchased.
  4. Click the Download All button in the lower-right corner.

Redownload or unhide your books

Redownload books to add books that you previously deleted back to your library.

Unhide books if you previously hid those purchases.

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