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.
■ CROSS-DEVICE SYNCING
Start on one device, finish on another. Your entire library - books, annotations, bookmarks, and all - is synced between devices via iCloud.
■ PERSONALIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE
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?
■ HIGHLIGHT AND ANNOTATE EFFORTLESSLY
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.
■ GOODREADS INTEGRATION
Use Goodreads? We've got you covered - shelve books, make status updates and post quotes, all right from the app.
■ ADD BOOKS WITH EASE
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.
OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES:
■ NIGHT MODE
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.
■ SHELVE & SORT
Add books to custom shelves, and sort by author, title, last read, or date added.
■ CUSTOM CSS & FONTS
Hyphen lets you import both your favorite fonts for use while reading, as well as CSS.
■ DEFINE & TRANSLATE
Translations of the text you're reading are only a tap away. Lookup words and terms in Wikipedia, Dictionary.com or Google.
■ TWO COLUMN SUPPORT
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.
■ ADE PAGES SUPPORT
Hyphen utilizes ADE pages, so you’ll always have a cross-reader compatible way of finding and noting where you are in a book.
■ INCREDIBLY FAST
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.
CONTACT & SUPPORT
Need help or have a question? Tweet me @hyphenreader on twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixes Dropbox Integration
Ratings and 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.
This is a pretty good reader but has a couple of fatal flaws. First, footnotes have to be tap-and-held instead of just tapped, and when jumping to the notes, there's no indication which note is the one jumped to. The former violates normal use and every other reader out there, and the latter means we have to search around for the one we wanted. The combination makes using footnotes painful. First rule of a reader: make it easier, not harder.
Second, as others have noted, it doesn’t take articles into account when sorting, which, in 2017, is unforgivable.
There is also a weird screen thing when moving between chapters which I find way too distracting, especially on books with a lot of small chapters. Again, Hyphen is alone in this, so it’s not necessary.
Since all of those flaws are in the actual reading part of the reader, they’re fatal. Which is too bad, because in many other ways this is a very nice program.
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!
- Mattitiah Curtis
- 45.3 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2015 Matt Curtis
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.