Listen to audiobooks in Apple Books

You can use Apple Books to buy and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

iPad and iPhone showing the Audiobooks tab in Apple Books


Buy and download audiobooks


     iPhone showing the Browse tab

To browse audiobooks, open the Apple Books app and tap the Audiobooks Audiobooks tab at the bottom of the screen. Explore new, featured, and trending audiobooks, or tap Browse button at the top of the screen to see all genres and book store sections. Tap Great Narrators to browse for books with your favorite narrator, celebrity narrators, or full-cast dramatizations. You can also tap the Search Search tab at the bottom of the screen to find specific audiobooks.

When you find an audiobook that you're interested in, you can listen to a sample. Tap an audiobook, then tap Preview button.

To purchase an audiobook, tap it, then tap Buy. To see all of your audiobooks, tap the Library Library tab. Learn more about how to manage your library

On a Mac or PC, you can use iTunes to purchase audiobooks.

If you purchased an audiobook but it looks like you haven’t bought it in the Book Store, you can find and redownload the audiobook in your previous purchases.

Listen to audiobooks


iPhone showing Now Playing

In the Books app, tap the Library Library tab, then tap the audiobook that you want to listen to. You can control the volume, pause your audiobook, or fast-forward through the current track. Tap Fast forward 15 seconds button to skip forward 15 seconds or Rewind 15 seconds button to skip backward. Tap Playback speed 1x button to change the playback speed. To change tracks, tap Table of contents button in the upper-right corner, then choose the track that you want to listen to. 

If you want the audiobook to stop playing after a certain amount of time, tap Sleep button to set a sleep timer.

If you want to play the audiobook on a different speaker, tap Airplay button. Learn more about using AirPlay audio.

To listen to an audiobook, you need to download it to your device. Learn how to redownload previous purchases.

On a Mac or PC, you can use iTunes to listen to audiobooks.


Discover more ways to listen

  • Use Siri to play audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Play audiobooks while you drive with CarPlay.
  • Some audiobooks are sold with supplemental PDFs called digital booklets. To see the PDF for an audiobook that you purchased, open iTunes on your Mac or PC and choose Audiobooks from the menu at the top. Under Audiobooks Playlists, click Purchased, then double-click the digital booklet.
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