Get started with iBooks

Read and listen to your personal library at home or on the go with iBooks. 

 

Use iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to buy and download books, manage your purchases, organize your library, and more. Find audiobooks in the iBooks app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and in iTunes on a Mac.

 


     

Add books to your library

To download and buy books from the iBooks Store, you need an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account you use to access Apple services. If you've used other Apple services such as iCloud or the App Store on your Mac, you should sign in to the iBooks Store with the same Apple ID. If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one.

In iBooks, you can also read DRM-free files, like PDFs and ePubs, that you find in other apps.

Get books from the iBooks Store

When you're in the iBooks app, you can browse books in the Featured or Top Charts tabs, or search for a specific title in the Search tab. Tap any book to learn more about it, read reviews, or see related titles. If a sample is available, tap Sample on the right side of the screen to read a few pages.

To buy a book, tap the price on the right side of the screen, then tap Buy. To get a free book, tap Get on the right side of the screen, then tap Get Book.1

To find a book that you bought in the past, or to get the latest version of a book that you own, tap Purchased at the bottom of the screen.

1 If you use Touch ID or Face ID for purchases, you might not see Buy or Get Book.

Read and listen

When you read books in iBooks, you can set the font size, adjust the brightness of the device's display to read your books in any lighting, or change your books to different color themes. You can also play audiobooks that you buy from the iBooks Store, iTunes Store, or that you import from other sources.


   

Read and listen on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

In the iBooks app, tap My Books, then tap a book cover to start reading or listening. When you stop reading or listening, iBooks remembers where you stopped and starts there the next time that you return to your book or audiobook. 

If you would like iBooks to remember where you left off on your other devices, go to Settings > iBooks and turn on "Sync Bookmarks and Notes."

Read books on a Mac

In iBooks, double-click a book cover to start reading. When you stop reading, iBooks remembers where you stopped and starts there the next time that you return to your book. 

If you want iBooks to remember where you left off on your other devices, choose iBooks > Preferences from the menu at the top of your computer screen. Click the General tab, then select "Sync bookmarks, highlights, and collections across devices."

Listen to audiobooks on a Mac

In iTunes, choose Audiobooks from the menu in the upper-left corner. Double-click an audiobook to start listening. When you stop listening, iTunes remembers where you stopped and starts there the next time that you return to your audiobook. 

If you would like iTunes to remember where you left off across devices, choose iTunes > Preferences. Click the Store tab, then select "Sync playback information across devices."

Enjoy iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV

iBooks StoryTime gives your family a different way to experience classic kids' books and discover new favorites. With Read-Aloud narration and beautiful illustrations, every handpicked title in the app transforms Apple TV into an engaging place for young readers to enjoy the stories that they love.

Learn more about iBooks StoryTime on Apple TV.

Look up definitions

You can look up information about specific words in your books, including their definition.

  • On your iOS device: Tap and hold the word, then choose Look Up.
  • On your Mac: Double-click the word.

 

     

Change your theme or text size

While reading a book, tap  to adjust how your book displays on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. From this pane, you can adjust screen brightness, font size, change your font, or change your color theme. If you turn on Scrolling View, you can scroll through your book continuously without worrying about turning the page.

     

Add and view bookmarks, highlights, and notes

While reading, tap  on your iOS device or click  on your Mac in the upper-right corner to bookmark a specific page. You can also highlight any text within a book or create a Note from your highlighted selection.

To see your bookmarks, highlights, and notes:

  • On your iOS device: Tap the   in the upper-left corner.
  • On your Mac, click  in the upper-left corner to see highlights and notes. Click  next to  in the upper-right corner.

You can automatically sync your Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes with your other devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID.

  • On your iOS device: Go to Settings > iBooks and turn on "Sync Bookmarks and Notes."
  • On a Mac: Choose iBooks > Preferences from the top of your computer screen. Click the General tab, then select "Sync bookmarks, highlights, and collections across devices."

    

Organize your library

Your iBooks library includes books, audiobooks, and PDF files that you save to iBooks. You can keep user guides, proposals, project plans, and more in your iBooks library for easy access.

By default, your iBooks library is organized into pre-determined collections: All Books or by file type (Books, Audiobooks, PDFs). Books that you have in iCloud, but aren't downloaded to your device, automatically show up in your library. Learn how to hide these books.

Create, view, and organize collections

Use collections to organize your books into groups. To create custom collections on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap All Books or the file type menu at the top of the screen, then tap New Collection. In iBooks on a Mac, click Collections, then click the + icon in the lower-left corner of the screen.

If you want to reorganize the items in a collection on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap and hold the book that you want to move and drag it to its new location. On a Mac, make sure that Sort Manually is selected in the Sort By menu, then click and drag the book that you want to move to its new location.

To automatically sync your Collections with your other devices, sign in to all of your devices with the same Apple ID. Then, on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > iBooks and turn on Sync Collections. To sync from your Mac, choose iBooks > Preferences from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen. Click the General tab, then select "Sync bookmarks, highlights, and collections across devices."

Access your books on all of your devices

Before you can access your books and audiobooks on all of your devices, make sure that you're signed in to all of them with the same Apple ID.

Books that you buy from the iBooks Store are automatically available in the iBooks app across all of your devices. Audiobooks that you buy from the iBooks Store or iTunes Store are automatically available in the iBooks app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch using iOS 9 and later, and in iTunes on a Mac with iTunes 12.4 or later.

If you use iCloud Drive, you can access your imported ePub, iBook Author books, and PDFs across all of your devices.

You can also manually sync Audiobooks that you didn't buy from the iTunes Store using iTunes and USB.

If you're part of Family Sharing, you can share purchased content with other members of your family.

Delete books and audiobooks

If you want to delete a book or audiobook, open iBooks on your iOS device, then tap Select. Scroll to find the item that you want to delete, then tap it. Choose Delete, then tap one of the options:

  • Tap Remove Download to delete it only from your device.
  • Tap Delete Everywhere to delete the item from iCloud and automatically remove it from all of your other devices.

Learn more

  • Learn more about what's available in your country or region.
  • iBooks supports the ePub file format, iBooks Author books, PDFs, MP3 audiobooks, AAC audiobooks, and Audible.com audiobooks. 
  • If you want to add books, audiobooks, and PDFs that you didn't buy from the iBooks Store, iTunes Store, or Audible.com to iBooks, they must be DRM-free. 
  • Enjoy books downloaded from the iBooks Store using the accessibility features built into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Parental Controls are available for books that you read on iOS 6 or later and in OS X Mavericks or later.
  • You can send iBooks as gifts via email.
  • You might not be able to redownload a previous purchase if the item is no longer available from the iBooks Store or iTunes Store.

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