macOS High Sierra

Download and update purchased books

If you previously deleted a book you purchased in the iBooks Store, the book is still in iCloud, and you can download it again when you’re connected to the internet. If you have Family Sharing set up, you can also download your family’s books.

When updates are available for any of your books, you see the Downloads button in the top-right corner of your library or the iBooks Store.

Open iBooks for me

Download a book

First, make sure that you’re signed in with the Apple ID you used to buy or download the book. To see the Apple ID you’re using, choose Store > View My Apple ID.

Note: Books that are hidden aren’t available for download.

  1. In your Library, click All Books, choose Sort By, then choose Show iCloud Books.

    If you see Hide iCloud Books, all the books you purchased are already being displayed.

    Note: Purchased books appear in your library with an iCloud status icon .

  2. Double-click a book that has an iCloud status icon to download and open it.

Download family members’ books

If you have Family Sharing set up, you can download your family members’ books. Make sure you’re signed in with the Apple ID you use for Family Sharing.

  1. Click iBooks Store (or choose Store > Store Home), then click Purchased below Quick Links on the right.

  2. Click your name next to purchased, then choose another family member.

  3. Click the iCloud status icon for the book you want to add to your library, then enter your account information.

Any books that are hidden don’t appear and can’t be downloaded. For more information, see Share purchases with your family.

Set iBooks to download purchases automatically

You can have iBooks Store purchases you made on other devices automatically download to your Mac.

  1. Make sure that you’re signed in with your Apple ID. To see the Apple ID you’re using, choose Store > View My Apple ID.

  2. Choose iBooks > Preferences, then click Store.

  3. Select “Download new purchases automatically.”

Update your books

  • Click the Downloads button , then choose the books to update, or click Update All.