I "bought" a free book on iBooks Store, the book is on my iCloud.
Now I would to remove it, but I cannot find a way to do it.

  • have you tried selecting it and hitting the delete key?
    – amergin
    Apr 23, 2014 at 23:58
  • @amergin: yes, no way.
    – enzotib
    Apr 24, 2014 at 7:52
  • I have the same problem. It can't be removed. Logic is that when one "buy" something electronically, it can't be thrown away. It's in list of your purchases remaining there forever. You can just hide it.
    – doubleE
    Aug 6, 2014 at 17:53
  • This is very annoying. I also have quite some free books I "bought" that sit in my iBooks and there is no way to permanently delete them. Some book titles are very embarrassing and I'd like to have those completely removed. I am not looking for hide and unhide. Any solutions? Dec 23, 2015 at 19:59
  • That's hide only. My research seems to tell me there is no way to delete any. Dec 24, 2015 at 18:05

6 Answers 6

  • On a Mac, open the iBooks app.

  • Go to the iBooks Store (left of the toolbar, at the top).

  • On the right-hand-side, in the Quick Links list, click the Purchased link.

  • Books will appear; find the one you want to remove and hover your mouse over the cover.

  • A little 'x' will appear; click it to remove the book.

The book will no longer come up in iBooks (or any other locations), no matter whether you have set iBooks to show or hide iCloud items.

  • It sounds like this process requires a Mac? How does one do this on an iPad/iPhone? Some books on my iPad have the "Delete" button greyed out. lauhub describes a way to "hide" them on iPad, but perhaps only a Mac can delete them permanently?
    – Simon East
    Apr 23, 2016 at 0:19
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    I can't see a way of doing it on iOS, unfortunately.
    – John Coxon
    Apr 24, 2016 at 15:15
  • This only hides the book but does not delete it.
    – AlexGrafe
    Jan 5, 2018 at 14:04

Under iOS, it is possible to achieve the same thing according to this page

  1. Open the iBooks app.
  2. Tap "My Books" at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap "All Books" in the middle of the upper bar.
  4. Switch on "Hide iCloud Books" at the bottom of the screen.

That's it !


On the Mac you can tick Menu > View > Hide purchases (I work on a Dutch system, so I hope this is correct); on iOS you can do this in Preferences > iBooks > Show all purchases.

You can hide all unwanted books in iTunes on the Mac forever…

  • The OP was asking about iBooks, not iTunes. iTunes in Mavericks only deals with audiobooks, not PDF files or iBooks purchases.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Apr 25, 2014 at 17:56
  • This is simply not true:-) if I open iTunes on the Mac and view my purchases, I can view all my purchased books and hide them. If you prefer iBooks on the Mac, you can do exactly the same thing from the iBooks Store > Purchases tab.
    – Eelco
    Apr 25, 2014 at 18:04
  • I think I found what the OP was looking for. I've updated my answer.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Apr 25, 2014 at 18:45

First, delete the local copy by selecting it and pressing delete and then confirming by pressing the "Delete" button in the confirmation dialog.

Now if the book is displaying with the iCloud icon you can hide the iCloud purchases, by clicking on the "Sort By" menu and making sure "Show Purchases in iCloud" is unchecked. If that was already unchecked, then the book's icon will simply disappear.

  • a bug or a feature? :)
    – enzotib
    Apr 24, 2014 at 16:20
  • It's definitely intentional, so I'd call it a feature.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Apr 24, 2014 at 17:08
  • I already found how to remove the local copy and how to hide the iCloud copies, but I would to remove the iCloud copies. Thanks anyway
    – enzotib
    Apr 26, 2014 at 7:04

For iOS, what worked for me was: ibooks / library / choose the view=pdf's or books (note that pdf are always downloaded but books can be in app store aka cloud only) / click button on right 'select' / choose one or more books to remove / click 'delete' / choose the kind of deletion. I choosed keep in cloud and just remove the download. This just saved me almost a GB.


To Delete a book from the iBook library :

  1. Click on iBooks

  2. Click on the desired book you want deleted (But be sure the book does not pop up )

  3. Now right click , Click on delete

Now The Book Is Deleted

  • 1
    For books on iCould there is no Delete in the pop-up menu.
    – enzotib
    Sep 7, 2014 at 9:50

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