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In Safari 5 you could just change the Reader.html file inside of the to use a sans-serif font. This Reader.html does not exist in Safari 6.

How do I manage to change the font of Safari Reader (6)?

I hate to read serif fonts.

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One sure-working way is to delete the font Safari uses, and make a duplicate of the font you want named the same as what Safari uses. –  AMomchilov Aug 13 '12 at 11:42

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Add a rule like this to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Safari.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Reader.html:

.page, h1.title {
  font-family: 'Avenir Next' !important;

The !important is required because a .page div has an inline style attribute that overrides the fonts in Reader.html.

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Awesome, thank you! They moved it to a very obscure location. –  JBX_6 Aug 13 '12 at 18:14

You can also change the Reader.html CSS on iPad, iPhone or iPod, confirmed working on iOS8.1.2 iPad Air 2.

You will need to Jailbreak your iOS device, and download a file system managing app called iFile. Then you'll have full Explorer/Finder functionality on your iOS device.

Next, navigate to the folder:


This is the location on my iPad Air 2 with iOS 8.1.2, it may differ for you. If you upgrade to the paid version of iFile for $4, you can do a search system wide for the Reader.html file, which is what I did.

Open in Text Viewer, now just change the CSS as desired, anywhere you see the "font: -apple-system-*" declaration.

If you want to change the main body typography, add a font-family declaration to the .page tag. For example:

  .page {
        font: -apple-system-body;
        text-align: start;
        font-family: Georgia;


You can do the same thing to edit the page heading under the h1.title tag

h1.title {
        font: -apple-system-headline;
        font-weight: normal;
        text-align: start;
        -webkit-hyphens: manual;
        font-family: Georgia;

Save Reader.html, reload the Safari webpage, and enjoy your new Reader font!

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