How to Find AudioBooks Purchased from iTunes on the iPad


Audiobooks may not be the most popular format sold on the Apple ecosystem, but people do buy them.  The sales of these audio editions were up 32.7% in 2012 and over 25 million were sold in 2012. iTunes has a large number of audio editions available and when you buy them, where do they go?

If you purchase an Audiobook from iTunes, there is not a dedicated audiobook player that is available.  You may have Audible installed, but they don’t populate in the app unless you buy the books directly from Audible. Instead, you have to navigate to the music icon on your main carousel. When this app opens hit “more” on the bottom right hand side corner and audiobooks will be an option. It is important to note that if you have not purchased audiobooks from iTunes, the audiobook option in “music” will not be available.

The video tutorial included below, shows you exactly how to do it! We have had many emails on this matter, so hopefully it is all cleared up.

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  • Olivia Heartelly

    WOW! Now that’s the walkthrough that everyone should pay attention of… One of the numerous energizing sections on the iTunes Store, the audiobooks classification gives a determination of the world’s best books
    for you to listen to at your needs!

  • Anne

    Thank you so much. I had bought two audio books on fear of flying before a flight and couldn’t find them! Have them now thanks a lot. Anne

  • Tesa

    I can not find them there, just trough the search option on the iPad, I do not know why. Can anyone help me with this matter? I want to be able to open my audiobooks in the proper section: music-more-audiobooks. Thanks