ebook Tips & Tricks Part II: Reading Settings & More

One of the great parts about reading ebooks is that you can adjust the settings to suit your own preferences and needs. You can adjust the font, text size, and background color so it suits your comfort level. For example, I prefer to read white text on a dark background. I have floaters in my eyes, and they are less noticeable when I read on a dark background.

When you first open a book in Libby, it will have a preset font, background color, and size. If you’re reading on a phone, it can be pretty tiny. If you tap toward the middle of the screen, you’ll see a few different things. On the top left, it will say “Back.” That takes you back to your shelf. You can also get there by tapping “Shelf” on the bottom right. Tapping “Library” will take you to the ebook catalog.

On the upper right, you will see a magnifying glass, a bookmark, and a menu.

Reading Settings

The menu has several different options. We’ll start with reading settings. This where you can adjust the text size, background color, and font.

To adjust text size, slide the tab up or down. If you need a bigger text size than the ones offered, tap on “include accessibility sizes” below the slider.

There are three background settings – bright (white), sepia, and dark.

If you scroll down, you will see the options for fonts. You can select a serif or sans serif font depending on your preference. Libby also offers the Open Dyslexic font, which is easier for people with dyslexia to read.


If you come across a page that you want to go back to later on, you can tap the bookmark, located between the menu and search icons. You can find your bookmarks later on by tapping on menu, and then on bookmarks.

You do not need to use bookmarks to keep your place in your book. Libby will automatically open up where you left off. In fact, if you return a book you are in the middle of reading and check it out again later, it will remember where you were before it was returned!

Highlights and notes

You can also highlight specific passages in a book. If you tap and hold near the beginning or end of the passage, and drag it to the other end, it will highlight the passage. Then you can select whether you would like to define, highlight, or search. You can select the color of the highlight you would like.

When you select “highlight,” you can also add a note. This is useful if you are using the book for discussion such as book club.


If you are reading and come across a word you do not know, there is no need to get out a dictionary! You have one right at your fingertips. Just tap and hold the word you would like to define, then choose “define.”


Libby also has a handy search function. Just tap on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen, and then type in what you would like to find. It will bring up all of the places you will find the word or words you are searching for throughout the text.

You may not need or want to use all of these functions, but it is nice to know that they are available and how to use them.

As always, if you have any questions, email me at vquist@plumcreeklibrary.net

Happy reading!