Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Buy E-Books on iPhone or iPad Using the Books App Purchase books directly from your device with Apple Books By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated March 02, 2020 Hero Images / Getty Images Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email Buying e-books through the Apple Books (iBooks) app is easy; open the Book Store area of the app and tap the Buy button. Before you buy e-books on your iPad or iPhone, read a sample of the book so that you can get at taste of the book before committing to it. Reading e-books you've purchased is straightforward; use the same app that you used to buy the book. Instructions in this article apply to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 10.0 or later. How to Buy E-Books on iPhone or iPad The Books app must be installed on your device to order e-books. Download the Apple Books app if you don't already have it. Buying iBooks content is similar to buying things from the iTunes Store, with one key difference being how the store is accessed. Open the Books app. Tap Book Store. Find and select the e-book you want to order. Tap Buy, then confirm the order to purchase the e-book. How to Read Your E-Books If you purchased a book or downloaded a free e-book, the information screen for the book changes to show a Read button. Tap Read to start reading the book. Another way to read a book is to go to the Library. Every book you add to the Books app is stored there. This is true for books you ordered from the Books app, transferred to your device from other apps, or copied to your iPad or iPhone via iTunes. Once you're in the Library, select the book you want to read. It opens immediately. Swipe left and right to turn the pages or tap once to access the menu. To return to your other e-books, tap once to show the menu, then select the back arrow from the upper-left corner of the screen. Tips on Buying E-Books With Apple Books There's a lot to the Apple Books app, here are a few tips: Grab a free sample: Go to the download page for the book and tap Sample.Download free books: Apple Books contains free e-books. To download free books, go to the information page for the book, then tap Get.Find e-books: Go to the Browse Sections area at the top of the Book Store tab. Locate new and trending books, e-books coming soon, books categorized into a specific genre, the top e-books people are buying, and free e-books.Do more: Every e-book download page has options to send an e-book as a gift, add it to your Want to Read catalog, view more e-books (and audiobooks) by that author, view the top e-books in the same genre, see when the book was last updated, and read the system requirements needed to read the book.Wait for the download: Some books take a while to download, so wait a little bit for it to become fully available to read. Watch the download progress bar for those books.Update your Apple ID: An Apple ID is required to make e-book purchases from the Books app. Reset your Apple ID password if you don't know it.