How to listen to audiobooks on your iPhone using the Apple Books app

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  • You can easily access and listen to audiobooks on your iPhone using a third-party app or the built-in Apple Books app.
  • Here’s how to get started downloading and listening to audiobooks in the Apple Books app.
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It’s quaint to think of the days when listening to an audiobook meant keeping track of — and not scratching  — multiple compact discs. 

Today, access to an audiobook is as easy as having access to an iPhone. 

And while there are lots of quality third-party apps out there for listening to audiobooks, the iPhone’s proprietary audiobook platform, Apple Books, is a worthy app as well.

If you’re ready to add more than music and podcasts to your iPhone’s audio lineup, here’s how to get started downloading and listening to audiobooks in the Apple Books app:

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How to listen to audiobooks on your iPhone

1. Open the Apple Books app on your iPhone. If you’ve never used it and aren’t sure where it lives on your iPhone, swipe right from the middle of the screen to pull up the search bar.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

2. Tap “Audiobooks” from the menu at the bottom of the screen. You can also tap “Explore Audiobooks” from the “Reading Now” tab, which is the page that opens anytime you launch the app, to be taken to the same page.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

3. Here, you can find an audiobook by exploring categories, like “New & Trending,” the top charting audiobooks, or special price deals.

4. If however, you know what audiobook you’d like to download, go straight to the “Search” tab, on the far right and type in the name.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

5. Tap the book that you’d like to listen to, making sure the title is under the “Audiobooks” category.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

6. You can choose to preview the book, gift it, add it to a wish list, and more. If you’re ready to buy, tap the black “Buy” button, which will include the price of the audiobook.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

7. The book will usually start downloading immediately if you are connected to Wi-Fi. Tap “Listen” to start listening right away.

If you want to come back to the audiobook later, you can find it in “Library” within Apple Books.

How to listen to audiobooks on iPhone

 

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