How to Save E-books to Purchase Later in the Books App on iPhone & iPad

Apple's iBooks app has gotten some major renovations with iOS 12 and is now just called Books. In addition to a new look and updated interfaces, there are lots of new features to explore including the ability to save books to a Wish List for later purchase. Let's get started learning how to save audiobooks and e-books to purchase later in the Books app on your iPhone or iPad. 

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To use the Wish List feature of your Books app:

  • Open the Books App.
  • Tap Book Store at the bottom of the display.


  • Tap on a title you're interested in, then scroll up and tap Want to Read.
  • To find this selection again when you're ready to purchase it, tap the Reading Now tab at the bottom of your display.

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  • You'll see your title in the Want to Read section of Reading Now.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.