How to Change Themes in the Apple Books App on iPhone (2023)

Here's how to customize your reading experience in the Books app on your iPhone and iPad.

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Reading in the Apple Books app just got more customizable! Choose between six Books themes on your iPhone and iPad with different background colors, fonts, and boldness. 

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Choose a different background color in the Apple Books app while reading books.
  • Use the Bold theme if Original isn't legible enough. 

How to Customize Themes in the Apple Books App on iPhone & iPad

Here's how to change themes in the Books app (formerly iBooks) so you can focus on your reading in the way that works best for you. 

  1. Open the Books app.

    open the apple books app on your iphone or ipad
  2. Open the book you'd like to read from the Want to Read in the Reading Now tab, or from the Library tab.

    tap the book you want to read in reading now or library
  3. Tap the Menu icon at the bottom-right corner of the page. 

    tap the menu icon in apple books app
  4. Tap Themes & Settings.

    tap themes and settings to customize iphone theme for reading books
  5. Now you can choose from Original, Quiet, Paper, Bold, Calm, or Focus themes.

    choose from six apple books app themes for reading
  6. Tap each Books theme to get a preview, then tap the X when you've chosen. 

    tap the x once you've chosen your apple books theme

The Books app will save the theme you've chosen, so all of your books will display in the theme you like the best.

Related: Free E-books: The 7 Best Apps That Bring a Library of Books to Your iPhone

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.