Read books and more with Apple Books on your Mac

View your personal library and discover new authors in the Books app on your Mac.

Discover new favorite books and grow your collection with Apple Books. You can use the Books app on your Mac with the latest version of macOS.

You can also read and buy books and listen to audiobooks in the Books app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

You might not be able to purchase books and 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

On your Mac, browse your Library using the buttons at the top of the Books window.

  • Click All Books to view all of the books, book series, and PDFs that you buy from the Book Store or manually add to your library. To view or listen to your audiobooks, use iTunes.
  • Click Collections to view just a certain media type. If you want to organize your books manually, click the Plus icon at the bottom of the left sidebar to create a new collection, then add books from your Library.
  • Click Authors to view all of the authors of the content in your Library.
  • Click Categories to view your Library by genre.
  • Click List to view all of your content in list form. You can resize, add, remove, and move columns to customize this view.

Book Store

Click Book Store in the upper-left corner to browse and buy books.

To read a sample of a book (if available), click any book, then click Get Sample below the book's price button. Wait for the sample to download, then click Read Sample to open the sample.

Read books

Double-click any book in your library to open it and start reading in a new window. If you close the book, Apple Books remembers where you stopped and starts there when you start reading again.

An Apple Books window open to the book A Game of Thrones.

To go to the next page, move your pointer to the right side of the book and click the Right Arrow icon or use the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Show and hide controls

While reading, move your pointer to the top of the book to view the controls.

  • Click the Library icon to bring your Library to the front.
  • Click the Table of Contents icon to open the book's table of contents.
  • Click the Notes icon to view your highlights and notes.
  • Click the Appearance button to change how the window looks. You can increase or decrease the font size; change to a different colored background, including a dark one; or change the book's font.
  • Click the Search icon to search within the book.
  • Click the Page Bookmark button to save your place. Click the the Down Arrow icon next to the Page Bookmark button to view your bookmarks.

Get more out of your book

Double-click any word in a book to open the Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Click the other options at the bottom of the Dictionary window to find related information, media, and more.

More ways to read

Download or delete content

You can download a book to your computer if you want to read it when you're not connected to Wi-Fi or the Internet.

You can also delete items from your devices.

Download books

To download a book, find the item in your Library, then click the Cloud icon in the upper-right corner. If you don't see the Cloud icon, the book is already downloaded to your device.

An Apple Books window open to the All Books section of a Library.

Delete books or PDFs

Control-click or right-click an item, choose Delete, then choose Remove Download.

If the item is part of a series, you might need to open the series first before you can delete it. You might also see an option to Delete Everywhere if it's a PDF or other item that you added to your Library from a source other than the Book Store.

You can also hide purchased books from your Library.

Change your settings

To sync Apple Books content across all of your devices, first turn on iCloud Drive: From the menu at the top of your computer screen, choose Apple () menu > System Preferences. Click iCloud and select iCloud Drive. Then, open the Books app and choose Books > Preferences from the menu at the top of your computer screen and select "Sync collections, bookmarks, and highlights across devices."

Choose Books > Preferences to change other Apple Books settings, such as Automatic Downloads and Parental Controls.

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