BBC ebooks

The BBC’s free-to-download ebooks are an exciting new way of combining video, audio, text and images in an interactive experience that can be viewed offline.

Follow the links below to find out which devices the ebooks are available for and how to download them.

World War One at Home

A video and audio-rich collection of stories, with enhanced interactivity, that depicts life on the home front during World War One. Gathered by local BBC journalists from across Britain and Ireland, these compelling stories offer up fresh insight into what life was like for those living through the global conflict

The right diet?

A ground-breaking personalised approach to dieting which matches people to the diet best suited to their biological and psychological make-up. Drawing on scientific research carried out for a BBC TV series, this ebook will help identify the right diet for you.

Ten Pieces

A video-rich interactive guide to the orchestra for 7 to 11 year olds that complements Ten Pieces, BBC Music's exciting new initiative to open up the world of classical music to a generation of children.

Life Story

Get a behind-the-scenes look into filming this amazing series

Dylan Thomas: The Road to Milk Wood

Discover the story of Dylan Thomas's extraordinary life and the creation of his comic masterpiece, Under Milk Wood, through performances by Hollywood stars, long-hidden archive clips and Dylan’s own words.

A Guide to Your Cat

An owner’s guide to cats, offering expert advice on how to care for your cat alongside the latest scientific analysis, interactive features and plenty of fascinating case studies.

50 Years of Horizon

A celebration of 50 years of Horizon, the BBC's flagship science programme. Featuring an interactive timeline of specially curated clips of some of the twentieth century’s most significant science stories.

D-Day's Last Heroes: In Their Own Words

Veterans of D-Day give their accounts of one of the single greatest military operations the world has ever seen. This updated 70th anniversary edition contains compelling interviews with some of the remaining survivors, with film and BBC radio archive from D-Day itself.

Secrets of Bones

Ben Garrod, a primatologist and master skeleton builder, shares his unique passion for bones as he tells us the remarkable story of how a single, universal body plan, the skeleton, has shaped the natural world.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Production Diary

A behind the scenes account of the BBC production team’s experiences in a country undergoing unprecedented social and political upheaval that gives a new perspective on Egypt's ancient wonders.

Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow

Dan Snow and a team of adventurers rediscover John Wesley Powell’s 1869 voyage along the Grand Canyon in wooden rowing boats. Incredible footage of the team’s journey along the perilous Colorado River.

A CBeebies Christmas Carol

The CBeebies musical adaptation of the Dickens classic, tells the story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Children can read the story, swipe to turn the pages, listen to the audio version of the tale and watch clips of the production.


An ebook is an interactive multimedia digital book designed to be viewed on tablets – including Android, Apple iPad and Kindle Fire HD.* It can also be viewed on Mac computers with OS X Mavericks.

*The first three BBC ebooks (A CBeebies Christmas Carol, Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow, and Treasures of Ancient Egypt) are currently only available for the Apple iPad and on Mac computers with OS X Mavericks.

If you are an Apple user, the free interactive ebooks are available in the iBooks store. You can download them from your iPad or via the iTunes desktop application (version 11.1.3 or later is required) with your iTunes account login information.

If you are a Kindle Fire HD user, the free interactive ebooks are available from Amazon. You can download them from your Kindle with your Amazon account (Kindle Fire HD tablets and up). Please note, this option is not available for A CBeebies Christmas Carol, Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow, and Treasures of Ancient Egypt.

If you are an Android tablet user, you can download the free interactive apps from the Google Play store. Please note, this option is not available for A CBeebies Christmas Carol, Operation Grand Canyon with Dan Snow, and Treasures of Ancient Egypt.

Unfortunately, this content is currently not available for phones, Windows devices or PCs.

All BBC ebooks are available within the UK. D-Day’s Last Heroes is also available in Ireland.

Apple iPad and desktop users: You must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later. If syncing via iTunes desktop application version 11.1.3 or later is required.

Kindle Fire HD users: You must have a Kindle Fire HD or up, running Android 4.0 and up.

Android tablet users: You must have Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up.

Please check the interactive ebook page in your chosen store (iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon) for the file size information.

This content is not suitable for smaller screens (phones) at this time. Unfortunately, the software used to create our ebooks does not support Windows tablets or desktop PC versions. We are exploring ways to expand to more platforms in the future.

Make sure to follow the installation instructions:

1. Keep the tablet in landscape orientation during installation.

2. Let the process finish completely before interacting with your tablet. You will know the process has completed when you see the ebook cover.

3. Ensure you have enough storage memory to accommodate the application.

Please email us back with the some details of your installation process and we’ll advise where we can:

1. Device Make and Model

2. Android Operating System Version

3. Available Memory

4. Error Messages

5. Screen Grabs if applicable

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