Top apps for comic book fans
Since the 1930s, comic books have captured the imagination of millions of people. Whether you’re a fan of the originals like Superman and Batman or you’re into newer superheroes like Deadpool, here are some apps to help you get your comic-book fix.
ComiXology: No matter if you’re a fan of Marvel, DC or just a newbie, ComiXology covers every genre with more than 75,000 comic titles from which to choose. Users can search for digital comics, graphic novels and manga with a subscription. The app also features a cinematic guided view for reading, enhanced sorting options and smart lists for navigating through your purchased library. ComiXology also allows for users to read their favorite titles offline. Cost: Free to download to iOS and Android. Find it: www.comixology.com
Comics Plus: Comics Plus is similar to ComiXology in that users can purchase and download digital comics from all your favorites. Along with the ability to purchase and download your comics, this app lets users import their own DRM-free comics and CBZ files. Other features of Comics Plus are uView enhanced reading for your touch-screen device and in-app parental controls to keep younger readers away from more mature content. Comics Plus also has the added feature of graphic novel rentals, which can be rented for 24, 48 or 120 hours. Cost: Free to download to iOS and Android. Find it: www.comicsplusapp.com
Marvel Unlimited: If you’re a loyal follower of Marvel comics, the Marvel Unlimited app is the app for you. This app allows users access to the thousands of issues released by Marvel, including Marvel archives, for a monthly subscription. The app features editor-curated reading lists, smart panel technology to read panel by panel, and the ability to bookmark and read up to 12 different titles offline. Marvel Unlimited also allows you to mark titles you have already read. Cost: Free to download to iOS and Android ($9.99 per month subscription fee). Find it: www.marvel.com/unlimited
Google Translate: What do you do if you’re in another country that doesn’t speak your native tongue, but you haven’t had time to learn that language? With the Google Translate app, you won’t have any trouble asking where the bathroom is or reading a sign that warns you to keep out. The app can translate 103 languages by typing in your phrase and can translate 52 languages without an internet connection. Using the camera of your smartphone, you can translate any text written on a sign or a billboard. The app also features a conversation mode which allows for two-way instant speech translation in 32 different languages. Cost: Free to download to iOS and Android. Find it: www.translate.google.com
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