Reading books on iPhone: 10 useful tips


In iOS 12, Apple redesigned several system apps at once. One of them is the standard iBooks reader. The program received a new name – Books – and a number of new functions.

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Apple Books – what is it?

This is Apple’s premier book reading app. In it, you can read self-downloaded books, purchased e-books, buy new ones and – for the first time in history, this has never happened before – listen to audiobooks.

The program “understands” files in ePub, PDF and proprietary (developed by Apple) IBA format – a format for books created in the proprietary iBooks Author application.

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1. Navigate

From iOS 12 to Books a new navigation menu has appeared. To access it, while reading, simply tap the screen anywhere. Right after that, you will see five icons at the top.

Apple Books (iBooks) - the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

The far left – in the form of an arrow – will return you to the library. The icon next to it is responsible for displaying the tables of contents of the book you are reading, bookmarks and notes. The other three buttons give access to increasing-decreasing fonts, searching and creating bookmarks, respectively.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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2. Take notes in the Book reader on iPhone and iPad

The standard iPhone and iPad reader has the ability to create notes as you read and return to them at any time. This is a very convenient function for students and those who work with “large” files and complex texts.

To create a note, press and hold your finger on the first word of your future note. Next, select the entire desired fragment completely. When you’re done, release your finger and select the option Highlight, and then click the quote icon.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Search by notes is also possible. To do this, open the navigation menu (recall: touch your finger anywhere on the screen), click on the icon Content and select the tab Notes

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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3. Highlight text

This process is very similar to adding notes. Tap the word you want, hold your finger on the screen, and then select from the menu Highlight and click on the icon with the image of multi-colored circles.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Several colors are offered to select text – yellow (default), green, red, blue and purple. If desired, the text can also not be highlighted in color, but underlined in red.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

You can also share or deselect the selection.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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4. Bookmark in the Book reader on iPhone and iPad

Another way to quickly return to what you have read (although not so convenient) is with bookmarks. To add a bookmark, open the navigation menu and select the bookmark icon in the upper right corner.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

After you add a bookmark, its icon turns red.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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5. Dictation

If right now you want to read, not listen, and your document does not have an audio version, turn on Apple dictation, and a computer voice will read all the information. Of course, it is better not to subject fiction to such “torture”, but with educational materials, legal documents, etc. information to do so is very possible.

In order to enable dictation, select the required text fragment and select the appropriate option in the menu that appears.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

In case the option To pronounce is not among the possible options, you must enable the parameter Pronunciation along the way Settings -> Accessibility -> Oral Content

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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6. Customize the display for reading in Books on iPhone and iPad

Apple knows that it’s difficult for people to read on displays for extended periods of time. Therefore, the Cupertinians are constantly adding new tools to iOS to combat eye fatigue, from which, according to statistics, 9 out of 10 computer users suffer. Have Books there are six per-theme settings:

  • Brightness. Use the slider to adjust the app to a brightness that is comfortable for your eyes.
  • Font size. Here you will have to decide what is best for you – so that more text fits on the screen (but it will be smaller, and your eyes will strain harder) or more often “turn” pages, but enjoy large and comfortable text for the eyes.
  • Fonts. Nine fonts are available in the app – Original, Athelas, Charter, Georgia, Iowan, Palatino, San Francisco, Seravek and Times New Roman.
  • Background color. White strains the eyes more, so in Books there are other background screensavers in sepia, granite and black colors.
  • “Night” (auto mode). When activated (it is already on by default) in the evening, the iPhone will automatically change the “harsh” blues on the screen to softer yellows.
  • Vertical scrolling. Why flip through pages when you can read them like web pages – by scrolling down? :).

These settings are accessed from the navigation menu (the letter icon “AA”).

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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7. Audiobooks with Siri

Books tightly integrated with Siri, so you can easily ask your personal assistant to turn on the audiobook on any device.

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8. Content Synchronization

What does this mean? That all the books you read or read will be available on all your devices – from the place where you finished reading, with all bookmarks, text selections and other changes. Synchronization is carried out through Apple’s proprietary cloud service – iCloud. To enable it, open on all devices Settings, click on your account icon, select iCloud and activate the switch next to the captions iCloud Drive and Books

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ICloud Settings

Note: If you only want to sync your Apple Store purchases and not your ePubs and PDFs, don’t activate iCloud Drive.

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9.PDF Manager in the Books app on iPhone and iPad

New Books also works as a PDF reader. PDFs and emails are saved directly into the app – to do this, in Mail or Safari, simply open the PDF and then click on the icon Share this and select option “Books”

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

It is also possible to add handwritten notes to PDF files by clicking on the pen icon at the top of the screen. In this way, it is very easy to electronically sign documents and send them back without printing and scanning.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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10. New menu in the Books program starting from iOS 12

The updated Books have four new tabs: I am reading now, Library, Book store and SearchContent store Russian-speaking readers are not yet very interesting – only books in English are available there. It’s a pity – after all Books created in the image and likeness of Apple Music, and the more you tell the program about your preferences with the help of “likes” and “dislikes”, the more interesting books it offers you.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

Another interesting option is located in Library… Go to that tab and click on the icon that says Collections at the top of the screen. Here are all the books you read on your iOS devices – even those you forgot about long ago! Also noteworthy is the section I want to read – here you can put those books for which you do not have time yet.

Apple Books is the best ePub eBook reader for iPhone

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