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Books And Graphic Novels On Your Android and Apple Tablets

/ Jan 14th, 2013 No Comments

Kindle Fire

Reading Text and Graphic Novels on your Tablet

Kindle Fire

Reading is fun!

One of the advantages of today’s tablets is the great quality display of the screen. Although some may say that the screens are not as good as the e-ink displays in e-reader’s such as the Amazon Kindle or Kobo Touch, the Apple iPad family of tablets, along with all the latest Android tablets, make great devices for reading. Along with being ideal for reading text novels, the screen size and the inclusion of full color also means that reading graphic novels is ideal on today’s tablets. So much so, that companies such as Marvel and DC Comics have their own applications which allow users to digitally download new comics as they are released on paper in the real world.

What are the the best applications for both iPad and Android that allow the reader on the go to read various sorts of books? It is important that these apps are easy to use and offer a user interface that will make it second nature, so that reading feels natural and not as though people are reading on an actual tablet.

Amazon Kindle App

[adsense250itp]Amazon’s Kindle is a great e-reader, and thankfully they supply an app that users can use on their mobile device or tablet. It’s got a brilliant layout, is easy to use and those who use Amazon’s ecosystem will have access to all the books they have bought on Amazon.

Amazon offers over a million books on the Kindle, and amongst the books for purchase, there are also thousands of free books available. Prices on Amazon’s store seem to be very competitive and Amazon quite often have special offers which allow buyers to buy books cheaply.

Amazon‘s app offers a great deal of benefits, including looking up words, syncing pages, borrowing library books (dependent on country), searching within a book for specific content and reading personal documents in the supported formats.


Although Amazon seems to hog the limelight, Kobo has a bookstore which is vastly superior to Amazon’s offering. The Kobo bookstore offers over one million free books and over three million books to buy.  What Kobo lacks is the advertising power of Amazon. Thus, people seem to think of it as a poor cousin, when in fact terms of pure numbers of books, Kobo really is the king.

The Kobo app is a brilliant app that is a lot more fun to use than the Kindle app. Readers can unlock various trophies based on their reading habits plus other little things that makes reading simply more fun than it can sometimes be. The app is well laid out and the font choice, although not as diverse as the Kindle’s, is very impressive.

Prices on the Kobo store are on par with the Kindle store, and again there are many special offers to be had. The Kobo app offers many features just like the Kindle, including book-like page turning, dictionary, annotations, highlight text, multi-touch gestures and press and hold for more information. It’s once again a free application, and it is strongly recommend to download alongside the Kindle app.


Graphic novels aka comics look stunning on a tablet. There’s no denying that this form of literature really makes the most of a tablet and brings reading to life. The Marvel app is a brilliant place to start should anyone wish to read through some of the best graphic novels that Marvel has to offer.

The Marvel app includes an online store, plus a book shelf (as in all the other reading apps) which allows people to buy, preview and read Marvel Comics such as those containing Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Deadpool and so many more. There is a selection of free comics available too, which is quite small, but will give new users a taste of just how great using the Marvel app really is.

The Marvel app is laid out nicely and is smooth in operation. Graphic novels downloaded with the app can be read in full-screen or people can use the touch to window-pane, which flicks through each pane of the art-work bit by bit to reveal the story. There is a large selection of graphic novels, although not big when compared to the amount of books available on the Kindle or Kobo.  The selection is varied and is a good place to start for anyone experiencing graphic novels for the first time.


The DC Comics app is very similar in look and concept to the Marvel app. Once again it brings together a host of super-heroes to tablets. DC offers 1000 comics and graphic novels annually, and 80 titles every month. This is another free app, and another app recommended for fans of graphic novels. It features a full-screen mode which looks amazing, along with the touch to open window-pane view also found on the Marvel app.

The DC app comes with a built-in store offering the very best of DC, and prices vary greatly depending on the title you wish to download. There are a number of free titles to download, which again will lead you into the world of purchasing titles and spending more money than you ever thought you would on a book!

Alternative Readers

There are many alternative readers out there which allow users to either access different stores, download free books or view comics. These readers also allow tablet aficionados to side-load books and graphic novels that people may have downloaded from elsewhere. One of the best alternative ebook reading software programs in Aldiko, which is simple to use and offers almost everything the Kindle and Kobo readers offer. For graphic novels there is Comic Viewer, plus a whole lot more.


Just like all software, it’s best to try out a few different readers and choose what is best for you. There is a vast selection out there, and many of them are free and easy to use. Whatever someone decides to download, remember, it’s good to read…and a good idea to put a reading application on their children’s tablets!

Mark Adams
Mark Adams been gaming since 1977 and owned almost every console since the original Pong machine. Gaming has always been part of his life and he enjoys a variety of games and his mind is always open to new experiences in the gaming world. Over the years he has written gaming articles for blogs and local newspapers, and he always tries and add something a little bit different from your usual review. He works in IT for a small local company in Wales, and when he's not working, he's gaming!
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