Read your own ebooks or download new titles for free. Tomes (formerly BookShelf) is an e-book reader which provides many features that set it apart in the AppStore:
* Hands-free auto-scrolling
* Download supported formats direct from the Internet or save any web page for later reading
* Built-in access to, the Baen / library and Project Gutenberg
* Handles large multi-megabyte ebooks without a problem
* Supports Numerous ebook formats with images & formatted text (see below for list)
* Transfer your own ebooks from any Mac, Windows, or Linux computer (WiFi Required)
* Follow Hyper-links in documents
* Lookup works in on-device dictionary or on Wikipedia
* Search book contents
* Table of Contents & custom bookmarks
* Custom color, font, and background pattern themes

Supported formats:
* Plain text (in various character encodings) [DL]
* Palm OS (Plucker, PalmDoc, and most Mobi, no-DRM) [DL]
* ePub (no-DRM) [DL]
* FB2 [SS]
* CHM & MHT [SS]
* RTF, MS-Word DOC (not DOCX) [SS]
* PDF (text-only) [SS]

Formats marked with [SS] must be downloaded via ShelfServer on your Mac, Windows, or Linux PC (Java 1.6+ required).
Formats marked with [DL] can also be downloaded direct from the web without requiring a computer.

Using the free ShelfServer from, e-books with pictures and clickable links are transferred from your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer over WiFi. Books are automatically compressed and optimized for best display. Even large, multi-megabyte e-text files open and display in seconds.

Reading in Airplane Mode is no problem. No Internet connection is required once books are transferred.

Important Information on PalmOS Format Support:

Supported Palm etext formats currently include Plucker, PalmDoc (Aportis), and many non-DRM (non-encrypted) Mobi files. Most purchased Mobi files including those from or Kindle will NOT work. Anything which required a "PID" or "reader ID" at time of purchase will not work. Notably, purchased Mobi files from and the Baen Free Library DO work fine. Support for the newer "HuffDict" compression format in Mobi files is limited. Many HuffDict files work fine, but some display with visible HTML tags and other artifacts. Other PDB and PRC file types including iSilo and eReader are NOT supported at this time.

Getting help:

Be sure to checkout the website ( for instructional videos and tutorials. Email or use the support forums on the website if you need any help.

What's New

Version 3.2

• iOS 7 compatibility
• Fix night mode toggle when reading a book
• Fix a crash when downloading multiple books at once

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Love this app, but


Update: More than a year later, I still can't create new folders to sort my documents to. I really, really love this app - the configuration options are much better than most ereader-type programs out there, but I really do wish I could sort all the stories I've saved.

With IO7, I can't create new folders (using an ipad) to sort my documents. I click Move-->New Folder then it asks me to select a parent folder, which I do, and then it prompts me to put in the name of the new folder. However, there is no place to type it in, and my keyboard does not come up. So I have to 'cancel'.

My favorite reading app


I've tried them all and like this one most. My favorite feature is being able to size the printing by points. This is important on the iPhone screen size -- where I do most of my recreational reading -- when the base print size varies from book to book.

The only minor glitch is that occasionally the text just stops, and the remaining screen is grey. This glitch appeared with IOS 10. The "fix" is to fully close and reopen the app. Tomes returns to the proper place and the text is fully visible.

Update for ISO 7 needs help


I love Tomes, never had even a hint of a problem with it until the latest update. Since then my ipad has completely frozen while using it & needed a reset and now, mid chapter, the app closed & won't open.


HPC Technologies, Inc.
10.2 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2008-2013 HPC Technologies, Inc.


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