How do I adjust iBooks audiobooks controls?

If you're just diving into the world of audiobooks, you may be surprised to know at all the cool customization options iBooks' has to offer.

How to change Skip Forward and Skip Back time

You can customize how much time your audiobook will skip back or ahead. If you don't want to miss much, start with a 10 second jump. If you can't remember what you listened to last, set the skip-back time a full minute.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap the iBooks button.
  3. Scroll down and tap Skip Forward.
  4. Tap the time you wish to skip ahead. A blue checkmark will appear.

    You can skip ahead 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60 seconds.

    Launch Settings, tap iBooks, tap Skip Forward, tap time.

  5. Tap iBooks to return to the Settings menu.
  6. Tap Skip Back.
  7. Tap the time you wish to skip back. A blue checkmark will appear.

    You can skip back 10, 15, 30, 45, or 60 seconds.

    Tap iBooks, tap Skip Back, tap time.

How to change the playback speed of an audiobook in iBooks on iPhone and iPad

If you are a busy person and want to get through your audiobooks a little bit faster, you can speed up the playback. You can also slow it down a little if you want to take your time getting through one.

  1. Launch iBooks from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the audiobook you want to play.
  3. Tap on the Playback speed button in the bottom right corner of your screen.

    Launch iBooks, tap on the audiobook you want to play, and then tap on the Playback speed button until you reached your desired speed.

You can keep pressing the Playback speed button to rotate through the options, which are in order, as follows:

  • 1x
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
  • 0.75x

How to set a sleep timer on an audiobook in iBooks on iPhone and iPad

If you like listening to audiobooks before bed, or just tend to fall asleep while they are playing, you can set a timer to automatically stop playback so you don't miss out on anything important in the story.

  1. Launch iBooks from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the audiobook you want to play.
  3. Tap the Sleep button at the bottom of your screen. It looks like a crescent moon.
  4. Tap the option you would like.

    • Off
    • When current track ends
    • 5 minutes
    • 10 minutes
    • 15 minutes
    • 30 minutes
    • 45 minutes
    • 1 hour
    • Custom

      Launch iBooks, tap on the audiobook you want to play, tap on the sleep button, and then tap on the option you want.

How to set a custom sleep timer on an audiobook in iBooks on iPhone and iPad

If you don't like the pre-made timer options available to you, you can create your own custom timer for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes. Are there any audiobooks that last that long? I'll bet Dune comes pretty close.

  1. Launch iBooks from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the audiobook you want to play.
  3. Tap the Sleep button. It's at the bottom of your screen and looks like a crescent moon.

    Launch iBooks, tap on the audio book you want to play, and then tap on the Sleep button.

  4. Tap Custom
  5. Adjust the picker for your desired amount of time.
  6. Tap Done.

    Tap custom, adjust the picker to your desired time, and then tap done.