Oh and speaking of digital comics, Google Play just announced the launch of new features that are meant to aid comics reading, and some free comics to promote these features, which mark the first time Google Play has done something just for the comics crowd.  The reading features include:
  • 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.

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