How to Buy E-books & Audiobooks with the Books App on Your iPhone

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Did you know that the Apple Books app (formerly iBooks) lets you buy e-books, audiobooks, and even radio-plays? When you’re stuck at home, listening to audiobooks and reading ebooks is an enriching way to pass the time, especially as a family. Apple’s Books app doesn’t get much love, but it’s got a great collection of books to buy as well as some freebies! Let’s dive in with how to make purchases in Apple’s Books app.

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 How to Make Purchases in the Books App

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. Select Search on the bottom right.
  3. Enter the title or author’s name in the search field.

  4. Select the name you're looking from the list or select Search on the bottom right.
  5. You’ll see a gallery view of e-book and audiobook titles relevant to your search.
  6. Select the e-book or audiobook you want to buy.

  7. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete your purchase. If you’re having trouble, you may need to update the credit card associated with your Apple ID.
  8. Your purchased e-books and audiobooks can all be found under the Library tab.

Now, you can read or listen to your books wherever you are and add new content to your library without having to leave your house. You can even pause recordings and create bookmarks so that you can pick up right where you left off. If you're still wondering whether your iPhone or iPad is the right device for your e-reading needs, why not take a look at our article comparing iPad to Kindle for e-reading?

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.