Amazon has hundreds of thousands of ebooks available to purchase and download. If you have the Kindle app for iOS, you can download and read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how.

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The Guide

How to buy Kindle books on Amazon

The first step to reading books through the Kindle app for iPhone or iPad is to buy them. The best place to start is Amazon's Kindle ebooks page, where you will find more than one million books, magazines, and newspapers to choose from.

  1. Open Safari or your preferred web browser on your iPhone, iPad, or your computer.
  2. Navigate to the Kindle ebooks page.
  3. If you haven't already, log into your Amazon account:

    • Tap the Profile icon in the upper right of the Amazon web page.
    • Tick the box for Login.

    • Enter the email address or phone number associated with your Amazon account.
    • Tap Continue.

    • Enter the password associated with your Amazon account.
    • Tap Sign in.

  4. Once signed in, navigate back to the Kindle ebooks page and select an ebook you want to purchase.
  5. Under Deliver to: change the device to Kindle Cloud Reader.
  6. Select Buy now with 1-Click.

You will receive a notice that your selection is waiting for you in your Kindle library. It will be available in the Kindle app immediately.

How to download your Kindle Library books in the Kindle app

After you have purchased at least one ebook and added it to your Kindle library via the Kindle Cloud Reader, it will automatically appear in the Kindle app.

  1. Launch the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Library to see all of the eBooks in your Amazon library.
  3. Tap the book you wish to download onto your device.

  4. When it's finished downloading (it will have a checkmark next to it), tap the book to open it.
  5. Read the About this book section to find out the books' features.
  6. Tap the X in the upper right corner or tap Done to close the About section and start reading your book.

You can download as many ebooks as you want on your iPhone and iPad as long as you have enough room on your device to fit it all.

How to search your ebook library in the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad

If you have a large collection of books already built up in your Kindle library, you may need a little help finding the title you are looking for. Luckily, there is a search feature.

  1. Launch the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the More icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap the Search field.
  4. Type a word or phrase associated with the book you are looking for. A list of library results will appear.

Once you've found the book you are looking for, tap it to download it to your device or start reading it if it's already downloaded to your device.

How to remove books from your device in the Kindle app

Ebooks don't take up a whole lot of space on their own, but once your collection starts to swell it can really add up. Maybe you want to clear out that space, or maybe there's a book you started and had to put down because it was really awful and you just want it out of your face. Either way, you can remove a book from your device when you are done with it.

  1. Launch the Kindle app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Downloaded in the upper right.
  3. Touch and hold the title you wish to remove from your device.
  4. When the window pops up, tap Remove from device.

Removing a book from your device will not delete it from your Amazon Cloud Reader book library. You can re-download them on any device at any time.

Our top equipment picks

If you want to read a digital book from Amazon's vast and inexpensive Kindle library, you don't have to own a Kindle device to do it. You can download them directly to your iPhone or iPad using Amazon's Kindle app. It's got everything you need to read digital books and it's the most important thing you need to get ready for all those Kindle books.

The App

Amazon Kindle

You need it to read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad

Amazon shares its digital ebook library with iPhone and iPad users through the Kindle app for iOS. You get most of the same great features you would directly on a Kindle.

Though an iPad has a much larger screen, the iPhone 8 Plus is barely smaller than the pulp novels you used to pick up at the grocery store. Its screen is large enough to see plenty of words on the page, but still small enough to be the most portable option for all of your needs. Whether you're cozied up by the fire or standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a commuter train, the iPhone 8 Plus is perfect for reading your Kindle eBooks on.

The Device

iPhone 8 Plus

The biggest screen you can get without moving up to an iPad

The iPhone 8 Plus has the most screen landscape you can get while still being able to fit in your pocket. It's perfect for your daily commute on the train, standing in line at the DMV, and any other time you want to read on the go.

Additional Equipment

Of course, when it comes to reading ebooks, you don't strictly have to use your iPhone. These are our picks for digital devices that are also perfect for reading Kindle ebooks.

Kindle Paperwhite ($120 at Amazon)

The Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect device for reading ebooks. You'll still need your iPhone because it's only an e-reader, but the crisp matte pages are easy on the eyes and it works great outdoors.

iPad mini ($399 at Apple)

If the iPhone 8 Plus screen is still a bit too small for you and you'd like a tablet that's more than just an e-reader, the iPad mini is an ideal option. It's about the size of your average book, but can be used for a lot more than just reading.

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