6 Best Ways to Personalize Reading Experience in Books App on iPhone

Apart from enjoying your favorite literary work, the Books app also lets you save PDF to Books on iPhone and iPad. The Books app got a major overhaul and feature upgrades with iOS 16. You’ll have a lot more options to customize your reading experience.

If you’re an avid e-book reader or just starting to read books, this article will show you the best ways to personalize your reading experience in the Books app on your iPhone.

Screenshots were taken on an iPhone running iOS 16 Public Beta. Features are available for iPhones running iOS 16 or higher. Also, if you are using iPadOS 16 on iPad and macOS Ventura on your Mac, you can use the same customization features mentioned below.

1. Change text size in Books app

One of the handiest options is to change the text size in the Books app. This is very useful, especially if you are using an iPhone with a screen size smaller than 6 inches. Increasing the text size can also help with better readability and you won’t have to squint when reading the text. Follow these steps to use it.

Step 1: Open the Books app on your iPhone.

2nd step: Select any book from your library and tap it to start reading.

Step 3: Once the player opens on your screen, tap the toolbar icon in the lower right corner.

You will notice a whole new list of customization options on your screen.

Step 4: Select Themes and Settings.

Under Theme and Settings, a tab will give you the option to increase or decrease the text size.

Step 5: Tap the options to change the text size.

Step 6: After making changes, tap the “x” icon to close the Themes & Settings menu.

2. Change Reading Theme in Books App

The Dark Mode for Books app was made available with the release of iOS 12 itself. But with iOS 16, you can change your reading theme with more options available in the app. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Books app on your iPhone.

2nd step: Select any book from your library and tap it to start reading.

Step 3: Tap the toolbar icon in the lower right corner.

Step 4: Select Themes and Settings.

Step 5: Under Themes and Settings, tap the Theme icon on the right side.

A list of theme options will appear on your screen. You can select one.

Step 6: After selecting the theme, tap the X icon to close the Theme & Settings menu.

3. Change Page Background Color in Books App

The next feature that allows you as a user is to change the background color of the page in the Books app. It’s a great way to change the look of the layout while reading a book. Follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Books app on your iPhone.

2nd step: Select any book from your library and tap it to start reading.

Step 3: Tap the toolbar in the lower right corner of the player interface.

Step 4: Select Themes and Settings.

Step 5: You will see five more options along with the default one to change the page interface background color.

Step 6: Select a background according to your choice. Then tap the X icon to close the Themes & Settings menu.

4. Change font style of text in Books app

After selecting the page background, you will also notice a change in the font style of the text. But you can also make changes to the font style of text in the Books app. Here’s how.

Step 1: After selecting the page background of your choice, tap Options under Themes & Settings.

A new window will open on your screen revealing more customization options.

2nd step: Tap Font to change the font style.

Step 3: Select from the list of fonts. Changes based on your font style selection will be reflected at the top.

You can also scroll down and select Bold Text.

Step 4: Tap Done in the top right corner.

You will notice the new font changes when reading your book.

5. Change Line, Character, and Word Spacing in Books App

The Books app also lets you change the layout of pages to enhance your reading experience. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Books app and a book in it. After selecting the page background of your choice, tap Options under Themes & Settings.

2nd step: Scroll down and enable Customize under Accessibility and layout options.

After enabling it, you will see different options appear on your screen to change the layout.

Step 3: You can change line spacing, character spacing, and word spacing by dragging their respective control sliders.

You can scroll down and change the settings for “Text justification” and “Allow multiple columns”.

Step 4: After selecting your preferences, tap Done in the top right corner.

6. Reset Page Theme in Books App

If you want to return to your selected theme’s default layout settings in the Books app on your iPhone, follow these steps.

Step 1: Click on the toolbar in the lower right corner and select Themes and Settings.

2nd step: Select Options under Themes and Settings.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap Reset Theme.

Step 4: Press Reset again to confirm your choice.

Step 5: Tap Done.

Improve your reading experience

These new features make Books app like Kindle eBooks Reader app and others. You can download your favorite book titles and start reading them with a distinct theme and layout. If you ever face a storage crisis due to many book downloads, you can check our article on how to delete books from your iPhone and iPad.

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