Read books and more with Apple Books

Buy books and download them to read offline. Adjust the brightness and font size as you read. And keep your books organized—all with Apple Books.

A MacBook shows featured books in the Book Store, and an iPhone shows the Reading Now tab with Today's Reading Goal achieved.

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Use the Books app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the latest version of iOS or iPadOS, or on your Mac with the latest version of macOS.


You might not be able to purchase books or audiobooks in your country or region, but you can access free public domain books. Learn what's available in your country or region.

Explore the Books app

iPhone showing the book store sections like Coming Soon and Books We Love, and genres like biographies and memoirs.

Find and buy books

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Books app and tap Book Store at the bottom of the screen. Browse the top charts or books recommended for you. Or tap the  Browse Sections button to see book store sections like Coming Soon or genres like Young Adult or Nonfiction.
  • On your Mac, open the Books app and click Book Store at the top of the window. In the sidebar, click Top Charts, NYTimes, or Top Authors. Or click Categories to see genres like Comics & Graphic Novels, Kids, or Mysteries & Thrillers.
  • Learn how to find and buy audiobooks.

Organize your library

Sort your books and PDFs alphabetically. Or drag items to arrange them in any order you choose.

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Library. Under Collections, tap the word next to Sort. From the menu that appears, choose Recent, Title, Author, or Manually. You can sort any collection this way. For example, go to Collections > PDFs to sort PDFs by author.
  • On your Mac, click Sort By in the upper-right corner. Choose Most Recent, Title, or Sort Manually.

To change to a list view, tap or click the List button .

Use the controls to create bookmarks, change the font or brightness, and more

  • To view the controls when you're reading on your iOS or iPadOS device, tap the center of your screen.
  • To view the controls when you're reading on your Mac, move your pointer to the top of the book.

Library button

Close the book and return to your library.
 

Table of Contents button

See the table of contents. On an iOS or iPadOS device, you can also jump to any bookmarks or notes from here.

Appearance button

Change the font, font size, brightness, or background color. On an iOS or iPadOS device, you can also turn on Auto-Night Theme, which adjusts the color and brightness when you read in low-light conditions, or turn on Scrolling View if you'd like to scroll instead of swipe to see the next page.

Not all books support Auto-Night Theme.

Search button

Search for a specific word or page number.
 

Bookmark button

Create a bookmark. To view your bookmarks on a Mac, click the the down arrow next to this button.

Highlight and take notes

  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, touch and hold any word in a book. Touch and drag the cursors cursors to adjust your selection. Tap Highlight or tap Note. To find your notes later, tap the table of contents button , then tap Notes. For some books, tap  to find your notes.
  • On your Mac, click and drag to select text. Then choose a highlight color or click Add Note. To find your notes later, click the notes button .

Download a book

To read a book that you purchased even when you're not connected to Wi-Fi or the Internet, download it before you go offline.

How to download a book 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 download button  under the book's cover image. If you don't see the download button , the book is already downloaded to your device.
    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. 

How to download a book on your Mac

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

Delete a book

After you delete a book, it won't be stored on your device, but it's still available in your library on other devices. If you want to remove the book from your library, you can hide it.

How to delete books, audiobooks, or PDFs from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Library, then find the item.
  2. Tap the More button  underneath the item. If the item is part of a series, first open the series, then tap the More button .
  3. Choose Remove.
  4. To remove the item from your device, choose Remove Download. (If the item is a PDF or didn't come from the Book Store, tap Delete Everywhere to delete it from your library.)

How to delete books, audiobooks, or PDFs from your Mac

  1. Click Library at the top of the window, then click All Books in the sidebar.
  2. Control-click or right-click the item.
    If the item is part of a series, first open the series, then control-click or right-click the book.
  3. Choose Delete.
  4. When prompted, choose Delete from the window that appears.

If you don't see Delete after you right-click or control-click an item, that item isn't downloaded to your device.

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.

  • On your Mac, click the Book Store button at the top of the window. In the sidebar, click Featured. Under Quick Links, click Purchased. Click the Download All button in the lower-right corner.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Settings app, tap [your name] > iCloud and turn on both iCloud Drive and Books. Then go to Settings > Books. Under Syncing, turn on iCloud Drive.
  • You can also redownload or unhide books that you purchased.

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