I am reading an .ibooks file which I downloaded from the iBooks Store in the macOS iBooks app. On iOS, to zoom in on the text you can simply double tap or use a pinch gesture. However, it doesn't seem like you can zoom in on an iBook in macOS iBooks with those same gestures on the trackpad. Choosing Window > Zoom only affects the size of the window, and unfortunately not the size of the text.

So, is there any way to zoom in on a book in macOS iBooks?


It's not natively supported in the iBook app to zoom or change text size of .ibooks files

However I found a way to zoom in. It's maybe not the most elegant solution. But it can be very useful. I also suggest you play with the Zoom settings to get the mode that's best for you.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Accessibility, and then click Zoom.
  2. Select “Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom.”
    • To zoom in use alt + cmd + =
    • To zoom out use alt + cmd + -

Accessibility > Zoom

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  • This iBook doesn't seem to have an option for that. Remember – it's an .ibook file, not an .epub – Skeleton Bow Aug 7 '17 at 17:32
  • So I've edit my answer. I overlooked the fact that it was an .ibooks file. – lighthouse16 Aug 7 '17 at 17:54
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    Okay :/ I guess that's how it'll go. I've tried converting the file to a PDF to read it much more easily, but it seems like there aren't any good converters out there. I could take screenshots but that's not elegant IMO – Skeleton Bow Aug 7 '17 at 19:02

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