6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2013 7:56 PM by zebetz
julz63 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I permanently delete an ibook from purchased books?

iPhone 4 (8GB), iOS 6.1
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (95,042 points)

    You cannot.


    You can hide purchases

    iTunes Store: Hiding and unhiding purchases

  • jie917 Level 1 (0 points)

    i heard that you send a request online to delete it forever. how can send the request?

  • userremoved Level 1 (1,000,000 points)

    roaming is right. You CANNOT delete the iBooks purchases. However you can hide them using this link:



  • jie917 Level 1 (0 points)

    yeah, i know that. Thanks anyway.

  • Balloonatick Level 1 (0 points)

    This is a major blunder on Apple's part.  If someone, in a moment of weakness downloads a book with an embarrassing title (or cover), it's like getting a tattoo!  It cannot be undone! - EVER.  What's worse, it keeps coming back.  If I had know this, I never would have used ibooks!  I just know this is going to show up on my iphone, Mac, or worse MY APPLE TV some day when my entire family is looking!  This cloud haning over me is actually causing me some physical anguish!  I WANT THAT BOOK GONE FROM MY LIFE FOREVER! 

  • zebetz Level 1 (0 points)

    This question has been asked a lot, and the answer is always the same - you can hide, but not delete purchased content.  But the fact that it is being asked with the frequency it is indicates the scope of the problem.  If I purchase a hard copy of a book and I want to rid myself of it, I am free to do so.  If I then regret the decision to destroy the purchased content, then of course I will have to pay for it again - the same result will of course apply if someone I know destroys it (eg my little brother decides to burn my favorite novel) against my will.  The argument that Apple is trying to avoid having to deal with spurious complaints resulting from accidental deletion and/or malicious deletion of purchased content doesn't answer these charges, it sidesteps them.  Put enough safe-checks (are you really, really sure you want to delete Thighmasters III?) and you can effectively prevent accidental deletions, and if you give your password to your boyfriend and he deletes your copy of Twilight after a fight, it's your own fault for giving him the password.  We can't sue Google for lost emails when someone hacks our accounts - the same obviously goes for Apple.


    The fact is that this is something of a privacy issue and, more to the point, it's easily remedied.  Apps and books shouldn't be able to follow us around long after we've decided we're better off without them.  We should be able to decide for ourselves what we want to hold on to and what we want to trim away.  There will be the argument that all such account details are private and that Apple holds such privacy sacrosanct but, even if this were true, if someone wanted to dig up your dirt badly enough, I reckon it wouldn't bee too hard to get past the iron bars.  Allowing users to decide what they want to keep and what they'd rather consign to oblivion isn't just the ethical choice, it's the only one that makes any sense.


    I know Apple isn't known for listen to the public, and the closest thing we'll get to an official response is likely to be a 'community ambassador' or some such other unpaid end-user Apple have deputized, and that's a shame.  As more and more people are drawn to use their products, Apple becomes the Microsoft of the age, and choice becomes less and less of a factor, and people who are paying as much as we are for products and services deserve responsive ears and answers when what we get are brushed aluminium walls of silence.  Most people asking this question at this point were probably already grown when the internet era truly got underway, and only have one or two questionable decisions hanging around their necks, but the coming generations will have spent all of their foolhardy youth zipping around the net downloading this and that, and they are the ones who will doubtless really need answers to these questions.