Apple Books on iPhone

In iOS 12, Apple has revamped the iBooks app we've all come to know and love in previous versions of the operating system. The app has a fresh look, improved organization, and a new name: Apple Books—or Books, for short. The iBookstore has also been renamed as the Book Store.

How to download a book from the Book Store

As we explore the features of the Books app, let's start on page 1: Finding something to read.

The Book Store has been reorganized into sections, including For You (recommendations based on previous purchases), New & Trending, Top Charts, Book Store staff recommendations, genres, and more.

  1. Tap the Books app.
  2. Tap the Book Store tab to browse the virtual shelves.
  3. Tap the Sections button to get a list of sections in the Book Store.
  4. Tap a section to browse.
  5. Tap a book to download.
  6. Tap Get (if the book is free) or Buy if the book has a cost. If you'd just like to download a sample chapter from the book, tap Sample. You can see more information about the book by scrolling up within the book's card.
  7. Authenticate with your Apple ID, and the book will begin to download.
  8. Tap Read to read the book.

If you know the name of the book you're interested in (or its author), you can simply search for it and get results for books and audiobooks both in the Book Store and in your library.

  1. Tap Search.
  2. Enter the search text.
  3. Tap Search or a suggestion in the list of matching results.
  4. Tap a book to begin the steps to download the book.

How to read a book

Now that you've got a book, it's time to get reading.

You can access any book on your device by tapping the Library tab. You can also use the new Reading Now tab to continue with the book you're currently reading, resume other books you've recently been reading, and recommendations for books based on what you've bought before.

  1. Tap a book to open it.
  2. Tap the right margin or swipe from right to left to go to the next page.
  3. Tap the left margin or swipe from left to right to go to the previous page.

You can change this margin-tapping behavior in the Settings app. When you're done reading, tap the back button in the upper left-hand corner to go back to your library. Your place in the book will be saved automatically—no bookmark required.

How to quickly scan through a book

You can flip through the virtual pages in your book with one finger. Try that with a regular book.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the bottom of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold the blue dot in the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen
  3. Drag left or right to move through the pages of the book.

How to use the Want to Read Collection

One of the new features of the Apple Books app in iOS 12 is the Want to Read collection. Think of it as a wish list containing books that you're curious about or that other people may have recommended to you.

Books that you've downloaded but haven't finished are automatically added to the Want to Read list. You can add other books to this collection. Here's how to do it when browsing the Book Store.

  1. Tap Book Store.
  2. Tap a book you're interested in.
  3. Tap Want to Read.

The book will be added to your Want to Read collection.

How to set a bookmark

Not too many people can finish a book in one sitting, and that's why bookmarks were invented. You can set a bookmark—as many of them as you want, actually—quickly and easily in Books.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the Bookmark icon in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.

The bookmark icon will turn red and will be added to a list of bookmarks for that book. To remove the bookmark, tap it again.

How to see a list of bookmarks

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the list icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Bookmarks

To go to a particular bookmark, tap it. To remove a bookmark from the list, swipe left, then tap Delete. To return to the page you were reading, tap Resume.

How to see a table of contents

Most books have a table of contents. If your book does, you can use it to jump to a particular chapter without having to scroll through the entire book.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the list icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Contents.

Tap the table of contents entry to go to that page.

How to highlight text in a book

You can use the tip of your finger as your own virtual highlighter—in different colors!—to mark significant passages in a book.

  1. Open a book.
  2. Touch and hold at the starting point of the text you want to highlight, then drag to the end of the text.

How to change the color of a highlight

Tapping highlighted text reveals a menu of options to work with that highlight.

  1. Tap the Highlighted text that you want to edit.
  2. Tap the colored circles to display a palette of colors.
  3. Tap a color. The underlined A button will remove the color highlight and underline the text instead.

How to remove a highlight

  1. Tap the Highlighted text that you want to delete.
  2. Tap the delete button.

How to add a note to a highlight

Once you have highlighted the text, you can also add a note to it.

  1. Tap the highlighted text that you want to add a note to.
  2. Tap the note button.
  3. Enter your text.
  4. Tap Done.
  5. To open a note, tap the colored square next to the highlighted text.
  6. Read or edit the note if need be.

How to review notes in a book

The list button at the top of the page in your book provides handy access to all the notes in your book.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the list icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Notes.

To go to a particular note, tap it. To return to the page you were reading, tap Resume.

How to remove notes from a book

There are two ways to remove notes from a book.

  1. In the book, tap the highlight for the note you want to delete.
  2. Tap the delete button.
  3. Tap Delete to remove both the note and its highlight.

Another method is to use the list of notes.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the list icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Notes.
  4. Swipe left on the note you want to remove and tap Delete.

How to find text in a book

One of the biggest benefits of an electronic version of a book is the ability to search for text and find it almost instantly. Here's how to do it.

  1. If the controls do not appear at the top of the page of the book you are reading, tap in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap the find icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Enter the search text.
  4. Tap the entry of your choice to go to it in the book.

You can also use the links at the bottom of the list to search the web or Wikipedia. And if you put a page number in the search field, you can tap the page number in the search results to go to that page.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to download and read ebooks using Apple Books? Let us know in the comments and we'll help you out.

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