Download purchased and updated books or audiobooks in Books on Mac
If you purchased books or audiobooks from the Book Store or Audiobook Store on other devices, you can download and see those purchases on your Mac. You can also download books and audiobooks purchased by family members (if you use Family Sharing) and get updates.
Download books and audiobooks you purchased on other devices
You must be signed in to the Book Store or Audiobook Store with the same Apple ID you used to buy or download the books and audiobooks.
In the Books app on your Mac, click Library in the toolbar.
Click All Books in the sidebar, click Sort By (at the top right of your library), then choose Show iCloud Books.
If you see Hide iCloud Books, the books and audiobooks are already displayed.
Double-click a book or audiobook that has an iCloud status icon to download and open it.
Tip: You can have books you purchase on other devices download automatically to your Mac. In the Books app on your Mac, choose Books > Preferences, click Store, then select “Download new purchases automatically”.
Download books and audiobooks purchased by family members
You must be signed in to the Book Store or Audiobook Store with the same Apple ID you use for Family Sharing.
In the Books app on your Mac, click Book Store or Audiobook Store in the toolbar (or choose Store > Book Store Home or Store > Audiobook Store Home).
On the right below Quick Links, click Purchased.
Next to Purchased, click your name, then choose another family member.
Click the iCloud status icon for a book or audiobook you want to add to your library.
You might be asked to enter your Apple ID.
Download book or audiobook updates
In the Books app on your Mac, click the Downloads button in the top-right corner.
The Downloads button is shown only when updates are available.
Choose specific books and audiobooks to update or click Update All.
Download audiobooks purchased on audible.com
Audible is a third-party website that sells audiobooks and other spoken programmes.
You can download items that you purchase from Audible to Books, and listen to them on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Before you can listen to an audiobook from the Audible website, your computer needs to be authorised on audible.com.
Sign in to audible.com.
Find the audiobook you want to add to your library in Books, then click Download.
The audiobook is downloaded to your Downloads folder.
Open the Downloads folder, locate the audiobook, then do any of the following:
Click the audiobook.
Drag the audiobook to the Books app window.
In the Books app , choose File > Add to Library, go to the Downloads folder, select the audiobook, then click Add.
Downloaded audiobooks appear in Audiobooks in your library in Books.
Change your settings for downloads and purchases
On your Mac, choose Apple Menu > System Preferences, then click Apple ID.
Click Media & Purchases (in the sidebar).
Choose your options.
If you use iCloud for Books, any books, audiobooks and PDFs that you import on another device are automatically downloaded to your Mac as long as it has enough storage space.
Hidden books and audiobooks don’t appear and can’t be downloaded.