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Hyphen - eBook Reader for ePub

By Mattitiah Curtis

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Hyphen is a powerful, easy-to-use ePub reader designed from the ground up with you in mind, with cross-device syncing, super-fast rendering, effortless customization, and intuitive annotation features.


Start on one device, finish on another. Your entire library - books, annotations, bookmarks, and all - is synced between devices via iCloud.


Hyphen comes packed with a ton of options for custom colors, fonts, font sizes, line heights, paragraph indentations, margins - ...well, you get the idea. You can even use styling on a per-book basis.

And if that’s not enough, you can also add your own CSS. Cool, right?


Tap-and-drag or use the selection handles to highlight in any one of several available colors. Write notes for a highlight and refer to them any time you need to. You can also share highlights as images and post them to Twitter or Facebook, or export all your highlights for use elsewhere.


Use Goodreads? We've got you covered - shelve books, make status updates and post quotes, all right from the app.


Add ePubs using your favorite cloud services - Dropbox, Google Drive, OPDS servers, and more. You can also use the in-app web browser to download ePubs, or add them using iTunes.



Transition Hyphen's reading interface to soothing, darker colors at night.

Edit the title, author, subjects, covers and more of your books. Hyphen can even lookup book covers and metadata for you.

Add books to custom shelves, and sort by author, title, last read, or date added.

Hyphen lets you import both your favorite fonts for use while reading, as well as CSS.

Translations of the text you're reading are only a tap away. Lookup words and terms in Wikipedia, or Google.

Got one of those large, spacious, king-sized, oh-my-lord-this-screen-is-so-big-I-should've-gotten-an-ipad-mini-instead,-its-so-big, why-is-it-so-big-sized screens? Use this setting to make reading more comfortable. You can also optionally only use two columns when your device is in landscape orientation.

Add words to a vocabulary list and export them easily.

Tap and hold a link to open it in the in-app browser, or Safari. Images zoom in, letting you see every detail. Swipe through and jump between images throughout the text with the Image Viewer.

Hyphen utilizes ADE pages, so you’ll always have a cross-reader compatible way of finding and noting where you are in a book.

Download and import books in the blink of an eye. Hyphen’s ePub Rendering System is optimized so that there’s the least delay between you and the text.



Need help or have a question? Tweet me @hyphenreader on twitter, or email me at

What's New in Version 1.2.2

This updates fixes Google Drive sign-in issues.


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Customer Reviews

Great App with One Caveat

This is a fantastic app for both reading and organizing epub formats ebooks. My only gripe is it doesn't know how to ignore the definite and indefinite article (i.e. the and a/an) in book titles. So, for example, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", is listed under the the "t's instead of the far more useful "a's". Similarly, Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities", is listed under the "a's", instead of the "t's".
Since a extremely large percentage of book titles, start with "the" or "a/an", you wind up with a huge number of books filed under "T" and "A".
Hyphen's best competitor, MapleRead SE, ignores the articles and list the book according to the word directly after "a" or "the". It has a nicer display with much larger thumbnails for each book. Hyphen has better metadata and displays epub books that MapleRead SE can't handle.
If you have a lot of epub books, I'd recommend buying both. They compliment each other really well. If you can only afford one, get Hyphen.

Excellent reader

This is the best alternative to the capricious and disappointing iBooks that I have found. It is lovely to look at and pleasant to use. It is similar to iBooks in many respects. I have only been using it a week and don't know yet how it will hold up to heavy use (as in thousands of books). It has some great features that iBooks lacks and the developer is very responsive, so I am hoping Hyphen will continue to improve and be stable. 2017 update- Hyphen continues to outperform iBooks, imo. It has crashed once or twice in the last year, but restored with a hard reset. I do wish you could annotate the file names on the shelf with colored tags or symbols to find books more easily. PS. Support is excellent!

Fast and Fantastic

I have only been using it for a short period, but Hyphen significantly outperforms iBooks in terms of speed, custom features and not being hideous. Kudos to the developer and I hope the app continues to thrive :)

Hyphen - eBook Reader for ePub
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 36.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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