Read books and more with Apple Books

Buy and download books, and personalise 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 that are recommended for you. Or tap Browse Sections to see book store sections, such as Coming Soon, or genres, such as Young Adult or Non-Fiction. 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 to confirm the purchase of your book. All of the books, book series, PDFs and audiobooks you've purchased from the Book Store or Audiobook Store, or added to your device manually, will 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 different genres, such as Comics & Graphic Novels, History, or Mysteries & Thrillers. You can also use the Search option in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Click a book. You can then click Get Sample to read a preview of the book before buying it.

You can click Buy to confirm the purchase of your book. All of the books, book series, PDFs and audiobooks you've purchased from the Book Store or Audiobook Store, or added to your Mac manually, will 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 will save your place for you. Controls are available to customise 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 centre of the screen on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to open and close the controls while you're reading. You can tap the Table of Contents button  to skip to a different chapter or section, see the bookmarks you've added, and view the highlights and notes you've made.

Find out 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 down arrow next to the Bookmark button .

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

Manage your library

Organise the books in your library, and download a book to read offline. If you need to remove any items you've downloaded, 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. Can't see the book 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 you want. 

Organise your library on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. Tap Library. 
  2. Under Collections, tap the word next to Sort. If you can't see the Sort option, swipe down on your screen to get the option to 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. Can't see the book you want?
  2. Click the cloud icon  in the top right-hand corner. If you can't see the cloud icon, the book has already been 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 you want to download.

Organise your library on your Mac

  1. Click All Books in the left-hand sidebar.
  2. Click Sort By in the top right-hand 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 can't see a book

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

Update your device

Make sure you're using the latest version of iOS or iPadOS on your iPhone, iPad or 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 bottom right-hand corner.

Redownload or unhide your books

Redownload books to add books you've previously deleted back to your library.

Unhide books if you've previously hidden those purchases.

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