The 20 best books to read on your iPad in 2022

Best iPad books for 2022
Best books for iPad in 2022

Got an iPad? Enjoy new books from Janet Evanovich, Ken Follett, John le Carré or Danielle Steel, using your favorite iPad or iPhone book reading app.

You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You don’t need a Nook e-reader or tablet to read books from Barnes & Noble. You don’t need a Kobo to read Kobo books.

If you have an iPad, you can read books from your favorite ebook store by downloading a free app from the App Store. Or you can download a few book reading iPad apps and optimize the experience, as well as selection of books.

In the following list, you will see the books that are worth reading in the months to come. The roundup is based on several rankings and lists: Best Books of the Year according to Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Apple; the ranking of Top 100 bestsellers in the Kindle Store, Notable Books by The New York Times, as well as the hottest new releases of 2022.

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Under each title, you will see a shortened blurb, length (a number of pages of the print version), category, and release date. Most books have been published, and the rest can be already preordered. We provide links to four major book platforms: Apple Books, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Rakuten Kobo.

When picking up an e-reading platform for your iPad or iPhone, please keep in mind that only Apple Books app has a built-in bookstore, s hat you can buy books without leaving it. To buy books from other ebook platforms, you will have to use their respective websites.

Still don’t know which book app to use to read books on your iPad or iPhone? Here is a quick overview:

Apple Books – it’s Apple default e-reading app. The app is clear and easy to use and it offers not only ebooks, but also audiobooks. It’s the app that has the highest level of integration with iOS and iPadOS.

Amazon Kindle – the app will connect you with the largest and most advanced ebook platform in the world. It offers helpful features, such as X-Ray reference tool, Page Flip in-book navigation, or access to library ebooks.

Nook – the app is a convenient way to access and read Nook books that you have purchased in the Barnes & Noble online store. The platform offers 75 thousand free books from the public domain and you can get the instantly to the app.

Kobo Books – just like Apple Books, the Kobo app can handle both ebooks and audiobooks, so there is no need to download another app from a dedicated audiobook provider. The audiobooks player is beautifully designed, and its integrated with CarPlay.

Which book or books are you planning to read on your iPad, and with which app?

Best books for your iPad and iPhone in 2022


Cleanish - Gin Stephens - best books for iPad

Gin Stephens

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fast. Feast. Repeat. Gin Stephens comes a new book that will help readers on real foods and a healthier home environment free of obvious toxins, without fixating on perfection. By living clean(ish), our bodies’ natural processes become streamlined and more effective, while we enjoy a vibrant life.

Instead of aiming for perfection (which is impossible) or changing everything at once (which is hard, and rarely leads to lasting results), you’ll cut through the confusion, lose the fear, and embrace the freedom that comes from becoming clean(ish).

As you learn how to lower your toxic load through small changes, smart swaps, and simple solutions, you’ll evolve simply and naturally toward a clean(ish) lifestyle that works for your body and your life!

  • Category: Nutrition
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Print book length: 418 pages
  • Release date: January 4, 2022

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The Man Who Died Twice

The Man Who Died Twice - Richard Osman - best iPad books

Richard Osman

From Richard Osman comes the second novel in the bestselling Thursday Murder Club mystery series, soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg.

The members of the club – Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim – are looking forward to a bit of peace after their recent murder case. They head to their posh retirement village to rest.

Soon after, an unexpected visitor arrives, desperate for their help. He’s been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men.

As night follows day, the first body is found. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too?

  • Category: Mystery & Crime
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Print book length: 365 pages
  • Release date: September 28, 2021

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The Recovery Agent

The Recovery Agent - Janet Evanovich - best books for iPad this year

Janet Evanovich

Besides Game On, the 28th book in the Stephanie Plum series, Janet Evanovich is releasing in 2022 a brand new book series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor.

In The Recovery Agent, the #1 New York Times bestselling author is introducing Gabriela Rose. She’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types.

Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it – Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

  • Category: Humorous Fiction
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Print book length: 320 pages
  • Release date: March 22, 2022

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Never - Ken Follett - best Apple books iPad iPhone

Ken Follett

The new must-read epic from master storyteller Ken Follett: more than a thriller, it’s an action-packed, globe-spanning drama set in the present day.

A shrinking oasis in the Sahara Desert; a stolen US Army drone; an uninhabited Japanese island; and one country’s secret stash of deadly chemical poisons: all these play roles in a relentlessly escalating crisis.

Struggling to prevent the outbreak of world war are a young woman intelligence officer; a spy working undercover with jihadists; a brilliant Chinese spymaster; and Pauline herself, beleaguered by a populist rival for the next president election.

  • Category: Military Thrillers
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Print book length: 813 pages
  • Release date: November 9, 2021

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story

The 1619 Project - Nikole Hannah-Jones - best books for iPad

Nikole Hannah-Jones

In late August 1619, a ship arrived in the British colony of Virginia bearing a cargo of twenty to thirty enslaved people from Africa. Their arrival led to the barbaric and unprecedented system of American chattel slavery that would last for the next 250 years.

This is sometimes referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the source of so much that still defines the United States.

The 1619 Project reveals truth around American society’s founding and construction – and the way that the legacy of slavery did not end with emancipation, but continues to shape contemporary life in the USA.

  • Category: Black & African American History
  • Publisher: One World
  • Print book length: 539 pages
  • Release date: November 16, 2021

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Silverview - John le Carre - best iPad iPhone ebooks

John le Carré

In his last completed novel, John le Carré turns his focus to the world that occupied his writing for the past sixty years – the secret world itself.

Julian Lawndsley has renounced his high-flying job in the city for a simpler life running a bookshop in a small English seaside town. But only a couple of months into his new career, Julian’s evening is disrupted by a visitor.

Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and is rather too interested in the inner workings of his modest new enterprise.

  • Category: Espionage Thrillers
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Print book length: 223 pages
  • Release date: October 12, 2021

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Smart Growth

Smart Growth - Whitney Johnson - best iPad books

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of boutique consultancy WLJ Advisors and an expert on helping high-growth organizations develop high-growth individuals. In Smart Growth he shares tips helping people and organizations grow their potential and become the self they want to be.

But how do we grow? It turns out it happens in a predictable way, which means we can understand where we are in our growth and chart a way forward.

The book explains the three phases of the growth: the Launch Point, the Sweet Spot, and the High End. Compelling examples of successful people will show you when and why growth is slow, how to keep going, what to do when growth and learning are almost too fast to keep up with, and how to leap from one growth journey to another.

  • Category: Business Teams
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Print book length: 278 pages
  • Release date: January 11, 2022

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Termination Shock

Termination Shock - Neal Stephenson - best books for iPad

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping new novel transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of super storms, rising sea levels, global flooding, and deadly pandemics.

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming.

One man – visionary billionaire restaurant chain magnate T.R. Schmidt – has a big idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work?

  • Category: Disaster Fiction
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Print book length: 736 pages
  • Release date: November 16, 2021

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Run, Rose, Run

Run Rose Run - Dolly Parton and James Patterson

Dolly Parton, James Patterson

From America’s most beloved superstar and one of the world’s greatest storytellers comes a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her.

Lisa Gardner calls the novel “taut and exciting.” She appreciates Parton’s insider knowledge that’s cleverly combined with Patterson’s suspense mastery.

  • Category: Southern Fiction
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Print book length: 448 pages
  • Release date: March 7, 2022

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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Atlas of the Heart - Brene Brown - best iPad books this year

Brené Brown

In Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human.

As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances.

Brené Brown believes that if we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is what Atlas of the Heart is about.

  • Category: Personal Success
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Print book length: 318 pages
  • Release date: November 30, 2021

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The Sentence

The Sentence - Louise Erdrich - top iPad books to read

Louise Erdrich

In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store.

Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

  • Category: Ghost Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Print book length: 416 pages
  • Release date: November 9, 2021

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Quicksilver - Dean Koontz - best books iPad iPhone

Dean Koontz

#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz takes a surprising and exhilarating road trip with a man in pursuit of his strange past.

Quinn Quicksilver was born a mystery – abandoned at three days old on a desert highway in Arizona. Raised in an orphanage, never knowing his parents, Quinn had a happy if unexceptional life. Until the day of “strange magnetism.” It compelled him to drive out to the middle of nowhere. It helped him find a coin worth a lot of money.

And it practically saved his life when two government agents showed up in the diner in pursuit of him. Now Quinn is on the run from those agents and who knows what else, fleeing for his life.

  • Category: Conspiracy Thrillers
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Print book length: 365 pages
  • Release date: January 25, 2022

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How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them

How Civil Wars Start - Barbara F. Walter - iPad books

Barbara F. Walter

In How Civil Wars Start, a leading political scientist Barbara F. Walter examines the dramatic rise in violent extremism around the globe and sounds the alarm on the increasing likelihood of a second civil war in the United States.

Barbara F. Walter has spent her career studying civil conflict in places like Iraq and Sri Lanka, but now she has become increasingly worried about her own country.

Political violence rips apart several towns in southwest Texas. A far-right militia plots to kidnap the governor of Michigan and try her for treason. An armed mob of Trump supporters and conspiracy theorists storms the U.S. Capitol. Are these isolated incidents? Or is this the start of something bigger?

  • Category: History of Individual Wars
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Print book length: 306 pages
  • Release date: January 11, 2022

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Flying Angels

Flying Angels - Danielle Steel - best ebooks iPad iPhone

Danielle Steel

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, comes a World War II story that brings together six remarkable young flight nurses, who face the challenges of war and its many heartbreaks and victories as unsung heroes.

Risking their lives on perilous missions, they join the elite Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron and fly into enemy territory almost daily to rescue wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

Audrey and Lizzie make enormous sacrifices to save lives alongside an extraordinary group of nurses: Alex, who longs to make a difference in the world; Louise, a bright mind who faced racial prejudice growing up in the South; Pru, a selfless leader with a heart of gold; and Emma, whose confidence and grit push her to put everything on the line for her patients.

  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Print book length: 288 pages
  • Release date: November 23, 2021

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The Lives of Literature: Reading, Teaching, Knowing

The Lives of Literature - Arnold Weinstein - best books for iPad

Arnold Weinstein

Why do we read literature? For Arnold Weinstein, the author of The Lives of Literature, the answer is clear: literature allows us to become someone else. Literature changes us by giving us intimate access to an astonishing variety of other lives, experiences, and places across the ages.

Reflecting on a lifetime of reading, teaching, and writing, the book explores, with passion, humor, and whirring intellect, a professor’s life, the thrills and traps of teaching, and, most of all, the power of literature to lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the worlds we inhabit.

Mixing passion and humor, this personal work of literary criticism demonstrates how the greatest books illuminate our lives.

  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Print book length: 350 pages
  • Release date: January 18, 2022

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The Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway - Amor Towles - best books for iPad in 2022

Amor Towles

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’s third novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson who has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter.

Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car.

Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction – to the City of New York.

  • Category: Coming of Age Fiction
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Print book length: 588 pages
  • Release date: October 5, 2021

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Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive

Immune - Philipp Dettmer - best books for Apple iPad

Philipp Dettmer

Immune is a gorgeously illustrated deep dive into the immune system that will forever change how you think about your body, from the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Kurzgesagt.

Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days.

Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer.

Philipp Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.

  • Category: Anatomy Science
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Print book length: 312 pages
  • Release date: November 2, 2021

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Bewilderment - Richard Powers - best books for iPad

Richard Powers

The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife.

Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He’s also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face.

As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin’s emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain.

  • Category: Political fiction
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
  • Print book length: 287 pages
  • Release date: September 21, 2021

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The Books of Jacob

The Books of Jacob - Olga Tokarczuk - best books for iPad this year

Olga Tokarczuk

The Nobel Prize–winner’s richest, most sweeping and ambitious novel yet follows the comet-like rise and fall of a mysterious, messianic religious leader as he blazes his way across eighteenth-century Europe.

In the mid-eighteenth century, as new ideas—and a new unrest – begin to sweep the Continent, a young Jew of mysterious origins arrives in a village in Poland. Before long, he has changed not only his name but his persona; visited by what seem to be ecstatic experiences, Jacob Frank casts a charismatic spell that attracts an increasingly fervent following.

In the decade to come, Frank will traverse the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires with throngs of disciples in his thrall as he reinvents himself again and again, converts to Islam and then Catholicism, is pilloried as a heretic and revered as the Messiah, and wreaks havoc on the conventional order, Jewish and Christian alike, with scandalous rumors of his sect’s secret rituals and the spread of his increasingly iconoclastic beliefs.

  • Category: Metaphysical Fiction
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Print book length: 992 pages
  • Release date: February 1, 2022

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Cloud Cuckoo Land

Cloud Cuckoo Land - Anthony Doerr - best iPad books 2022

Anthony Doerr

A highly anticipated novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See.

The book’s plot is set in three dimensions: Constantinople in the fifteenth century; a small town in present-day Idaho; an interstellar ship decades from now.

Constantinople. Thirteen-year-old Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story.

In a near future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon. She has never set foot on our planet.

  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Print book length: 637 pages
  • Release date: September 28, 2021

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