What are audio book apps for your iPhone

Play audiobooks in Apple Books

Learn how to buy and download audiobooks and control audio playback.

Find and buy audio books

Find and buy audiobooks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

To browse audiobooks, open the Apple Books app and tap the Audiobooks tab at the bottom of the screen. Explore new audiobooks or tap at the top of the screen "Browse Section" to see all genres and book categories. Tap Strong Voices to find audiobooks with your favorite voice over artist, famous speakers, or radio plays. You can also click the Search tab at the bottom of the screen to find specific audiobooks.

If you find an audiobook that interests you, you can listen to an audio sample. Tap an audiobook, then tap PREVIEW. To buy an audiobook, tap it, then tap the price.

If you purchased an audiobook but it doesn't appear as a purchased item in the Book Store, you can find the audiobook in your previous purchases and reload it.

Find and buy audiobooks on your Mac

Open the Apple Books app and click Audiobook Store at the top of the screen. To search for an audiobook, click Highlights, Top Charts, Categories, or Top Authors. Use the search box at the top of the screen to find a specific audiobook.

To play a sample of an audiobook, double-click the book to open its info page, then click Preview below the book price. To buy the audiobook, click the price.

Listen to audiobooks

To play an audiobook, you need to download it to your device. To do this, proceed as follows:

Download audiobooks to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

  1. In the Books app, tap Read Now, then tap your profile icon.
  2. Under My Purchases, tap Audiobooks, then tap All Audiobooks.
  3. Find the audiobook you want to download and tap the Download button.

Download audiobooks to your Mac

  1. Open the Books app.
  2. At the top of the window, click Audiobook Store.
  3. Under “All in One Click”, click “Purchases”.
  4. Find the audiobook you want and click the "Download" button in the top corner.

Listen to audiobooks on your Apple Watch

Use the Audiobooks app on your watch to stream your audiobooks or play audiobooks that you sync from your iPhone. Learn more.

Control audio playback

When an audiobook is playing, you'll see playback controls on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. On your Mac, the playback controls are located at the bottom of the sidebar.


Fast forward or fast rewind

Tap or click the Fast Forward 15 Seconds button or the button "rewind 15 seconds".

Change title

To switch to another title, tap or click the Table of Contents button. Then select the title you want.

Adjust the playback speed

To change the speed of the audiobook on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the "Playback Speed" button. On your Mac, click Controls> Playback Speed.

Set a sleep timer

If you want the audiobook to stop after a certain amount of time, set a sleep timer. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap the Sleep button. On your Mac, click Control> Sleep Timer at the top of the screen.

Play on a speaker

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can tap the AirPlay button to play an audiobook on another speaker. Learn more about AirPlay audio.

Find digital booklets

Some audiobooks come with accompanying documents in PDF format called digital booklets. Find your digital booklets:

  • On your iOS or iPadOS device, open the Books app, tap Library, Tap Collections, and then tap PDFs.
  • On your Mac, open the Books app and click PDFs.

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