A new vertical scrolling experience in landscape mode that makes following a comic book story easier
New curated series pages for the top comic books to make browsing and finding easier
Free comics, which are available starting today until the 19th, include single issues of Batman, The Walking Dead, Star Wars Previews, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Orphan Black, The X-Files, Jem and the Holograms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
The new shop and scroll is rolling out for Android, but iOS is on the way. It’s available in the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, India, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.
A blog post by Greg Hartrell, Senior Product Manager, Google Play Books offers more information. While Amazon while the digital comics war by purchasing Comixology, Apple and Google have made sporadic attempts to get back into the game; this seems to mark a somewhat dedicated effort by Google.
Today, Google Play Books is getting an upgrade specifically designed for comic book fans, making it easier to read your favorite comics on your phone or tablet. Reading a comic book is all about following the story and enjoying the art, dialogue and pace the way you want. But navigating a comic can be tricky on a small phone or tablet screen. So, we’re introducing a new vertical scrolling experience for comics in landscape mode. Flip your device on its side and you can easily scroll through the story with quick vertical swipes.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.