Apple Books on iPhone

Apple Books includes a number of settings that impact the way books appear on your device's screen. If you need large print, a darkened screen at night, or even a different font, you can make Books work the way you want.

Changing how a book appears on-screen

This first group of settings is accessible from within the book you're reading. Open the Apple Books app to get started.

How to control brightness

If the screen is either too bright or too dim, here's how to make it just right.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Tap and hold the slider. Dragging it to the left will dim the screen; dragging it to the right will brighten the screen.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

How to change font size

Need bigger text on the screen? Here's how to get it.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Tap the large capital A to increase the font size. Tap the small capital A to decrease the font size.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

How to change the font

You can change between serif and sans-serif fonts with ease.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Tap the name of the current font.
  4. Tap the font you want.
  5. Tap Back.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

How to change page color

The color of the page can be adjusted from white to sepia to dark gray to black. Here's how to set it.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Tap a page color.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

How to enable Auto-Night Theme

If you're reading a book in a room with low light, you can make books automatically change the page color and brightness. This is very handy if you reading in bed while your partner is trying to sleep.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Turn on Auto-Night Theme.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

Changing settings for layout and navigating books

This group of settings affects the layout of all books and how to navigate a book while you're reading it.

How to turn off Full Justification

Text that has full justification is spread across the full width of a column or page and is typical in printed books. This setting is turned on by default. If you prefer your text to be only left-justified (where the text is aligned only along its left edge, also known as ragged right), turn this setting off.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Books.
  3. Tap the switch to turn off Full Justification.

How to turn off Auto-hyphenation

By default, Books will automatically hyphenate words that are too long to fit on one line in order to prevent large gaps between words. If you'd prefer to turn this off, you can.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Books.
  3. Tap the switch to turn off Auto-hyphenation.

How to enable Both Margins Advance

By default, when you're not using Scrolling View, you advance to the next page of a book by tapping the right-hand margin of the page. To go to the previous page, tap the left-hand margin. If you're reading a book one-handed it might be easier to tap either margin to go to the next page. Here's how to set that up:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Books.
  3. Tap the switch to turn on Both Margins Advance.

If you turn this feature on, you'll need to swipe from left to right across the screen to go to a previous page.

How to enable Scrolling View

If you'd rather not have the book you're reading divided into distinct pages, you can simply scroll continuously through the book. Sometimes this is easier for one-handed reading.

  1. Tap any book. If a row of icons does not appear at the top of the screen, tap in the middle of the page to display them.
  2. Tap the text button; it looks like a small and a large capital A.
  3. Turn on Scrolling View.

Tap anywhere on the screen to go back to your book.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about customizing Apple Books? Let us know in the comments and we'll help you out.

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