A lot of people are saying it’s a great time to be a comic book fan now. People who love the movie and TV adaptations are discovering the joy of reading it, while long time comic geeks are enjoying the validation of their geekdom (well, some aren’t that happy but well…). Reading digital comics though can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a tablet but will just rely on your smartphone. Google Play Books has updated its app so that reading a comic will be seamless and enjoyable.
The update brings a vertical scrolling experience now for readers and all you have to do is turn it into landscape mode by flipping it on its side. The comic book will now then be easily scrollable through quick vertical swipes instead of you having to constantly zoom in to read the text or something. It is now optimized so that it feels more natural as you read through your digital comic, just like you would a physical one.
It’s also now easier to find comics on the Google Play Store since it has a “new comics destination” organized by volumes, issues, and other editions. There is even a beautifully curated series pages where you can see titles from DC Comics, Marvel, Image, IDW, and Dark Horse. Of course there will also be recommendations for you based on your previous purchases so you can discover new characters and new series as well.
Over the next few days, there will also be free comics from The X Files, Lazarus, and Jem and the Hologram among others. The updated Google Play Books will roll out in the next few days to users in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, India, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. No word on whether it will also expand to other countries.