How to view samples of a book with iBooks for iPhone and iPad

Just like physical copies of books, some books in iBooks can be pricey at times. While you can go to a store and open a physical book and browse through it before committing to a purchase, what about buying online?

As it happens, iBooks will let you download a sample of most books before deciding to buy. Follow along and we’ll show you how.

  • Launch the iBooks app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on the Store button in the upper left hand corner.
  • Browse the iBookstore and find the book you think you want to purchase. Tap on it.
  • Tap on the Sample button.
  • You’ll be returned to iBooks and a sample will download to your book shelf. Here you can read it and decide whether or not you’d like to buy the full book.
  • In most cases, samples are pretty good on iBooks and consists of 100 or so pages giving you a good idea of whether or not you’re interested in a book.