Delete book and audiobook downloads from your device

If you no longer want a book or audiobook that you downloaded, you can delete it from the Books app or the Settings app.

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

You can delete downloaded books and more from within the Books app. Or you can delete audiobooks from the Settings app.

Remove Download option in the Books app on iPhone

From the Books app

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. Tap Library, then find the item that you want to delete. If the item is part of a series, first open the series.
  3. Tap Edit in the upper-right corner.
  4. Tap the item, then tap the Trash icon Trash icon.
  5. To remove the item from your device, choose Remove Download. (If the item is a PDF or didn't come from the Book Store, you can also tap Delete Everywhere to delete it from your Library.)

From the Settings app

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General, then tap iPhone Storage or iPad Storage.
  3. Scroll to Books, then tap it.
  4. Swipe left on any audiobook download and tap Delete.

If you can't delete an item

  • Hide a purchased book or audiobook: If you see the iCloud icon iCloud icon next to an item, it's stored in iCloud and not downloaded to your device. Hiding the item removes it from your device. To access your hidden items, tap the Sign In button Sign In button or your photo at the top of the screen, then tap Manage Hidden Purchases.
  • Turn off synced books from a computer: If you use your computer and a USB cable to manually sync books and audiobooks to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can turn off syncing to remove those items.

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

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. In the sidebar, look under Library and find the item that you want to delete. If the item is part of a series, first open the series.
  3. Click the item, then from the menu bar choose Edit > Delete.
  4. Confirm when prompted.

If the option to Delete is dimmed after you click Edit, that item isn't downloaded to your Mac.

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