How to Make an E-book & Audiobook Wish List in the Books App on the iPhone

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The native Apple Books app, formerly iBooks, has the ability to save e-books and audiobooks to a wish list for later purchase. This feature, called Want to Buy, is perfect for keeping track of which e-book or audiobook you'd like to read or listen to next. Let's get started learning how to save audiobooks and e-books to purchase later in the Books app on your iPhone or iPad. 

Related: Free Audiobooks Online: Stream Great Audiobooks with the OverDrive or Libby App on iPhone

We love reading and listening to books; that's why we've written articles about where to find free e-books, and free audiobooks. Now, we'll show you how to use the Want to Buy feature of your Books app to save the e-books and audiobooks you want to a wish list, so you can purchase them later.

  1. Open the Books App.
  2. Tap the Book Store tab to browse suggestions from Apple or genres, or Search if you have a specific e-book or audiobook in mind.

    ipad and iphone books appbook store tab and search tab in books app
  3. Tap an e-book or audiobook you're interested in. 
  4. Tap Want to Read to add it to you book wish list.

    tap the ebook or audiobook to add to your wish listtap want to read to add the book to your wish list
  5. To find this selection again when you're ready to purchase it, tap the Reading Now tab.
  6. You'll see your title in the Want to Read section.

    reading now tab in apple books appview your want to read selections

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.