iBooks turns your iPhone and iPad into the ultimate e-reader. With iBooks, it’s easy to find and download books, and the iBooks reader lets you browse, scan or search at your leisure. All you need to do is know where to look!

How to find and download books.

You can search or browse for new books and download them directly from the iBooks application available at the Apple Retail Store.

Launch the iBooks application from your home screen.

Tap the tab at the bottom of the screen to find a book.  Tap the book you want.

Tap price to buy the book, or tap sample to get a few pages downloaded for free. (If you download the sample and then decide to buy the full book, iBooks will automatically replace your sample with the full book).

Your downloaded book will appear in your My Books Library where all your books will be stored.

How to view your books, audiobooks and PDF files

There are a number of ways iBooks organizes your books. The first is by Collections.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the Collections button, it’s at the top of your screen in the middle.

Tap one of the collections in the list.

All books

Books

Audio books

PDF

Collections you have created.

You can also display your books by property.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the button menu (it looks like three short lines) at the top left of your screen.

Tap one of the options from the top of the screen:

Recent

Titles (in alphabetical order)

Authors (in alphabetical order)

Categories

To return to your shelves, press the menu button (which now looks like six tiny rectangles) at the top left of your screen.

How to read your books

There is a significant difference between reading on an iPhone and an iPad with iBooks. On your iPhone, you will only see one page at a time. On your iPad, rotate from portrait to landscape to see two pages at a time. The rest of the mechanics are exactly the same.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books in the lower left corner of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read. The book will automatically open on the first page. If you return to a book you’ve already started, the book will reopen where you left it.

Scan to the left to turn the page.

How to quickly scan through a book

To quickly browse several pages:

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read.

Tap the page counter at the bottom of the page. Move the blue dot to the right or left along the line, then release it when you reach the right page.

How to bookmark a page

If you need to bookmark a page because you found an inspiring quote, or if you want to review a passage, you can bookmark it.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read.

Tap the bookmark button in the top right corner of the screen. It turns red to bookmark the page.

How to return to a bookmarked page

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read.

Tap the key menu (three short lines at the top left of your screen).

Tap the mark button.

Press the “bookmarked” selection you want to return to.

How to search for words or passages

There are two ways to search for particular words or passages in a book. The first is a simple search, as you would do if you were looking for something online.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read.

Tap the magnifying glass button at the top right of the page.

Type a word or passage in the space provided.

The second way to search a book uses the highlighting feature.

Scan to open a Page of the text.

Press and hold a word or passage you want to search for somewhere in the book.

Touch Search from the options that appear above the word or phrase.

How to enable Scrolling View

If you don’t want to drag to turn the pages, you can scroll vertically through the book in a long-term view.

Launch iBooks from your home screen.

Tap My Books at the bottom left of your screen.

Tap the cover of the book you want to read.

Tap the letter button at the top of the page.

Switch to “Scroll” so that it appears in green.