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Amazon Makes Kindle App Even Uglier And Adds Support For Comics

Amazon Makes Kindle App Even Uglier And Adds Support For Comics

Amazingly, Amazon thinks the view on the right is better.

The Kindle app has been updated to – supposedly – improve the reading experience on the iPad, and to add support for books with pictures: essentially kids books and graphic novels. And while the second is welcome the first – -to my eyes – actually looks worse.

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Comic Zeal Gets Retina Update And Better Organization

Comic zeal retina

Comic Zeal is now much easier on the eyes.

Along with Instapaper, the iPad gets another big app update today. Comic Zeal — long my favorite comic-book reader — has gotten Retina support for the new iPad, along with a few interface tweaks which makes organizing your comics easier and sometimes a little less confusing.

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Marvel Inks Deal To Exclusively Distribute Digital Comics Worldwide With comiXology

Marvel Inks Deal To Exclusively Distribute Digital Comics Worldwide With comiXology

We have some great news for those of you who aren’t ashamed of purchasing digital comics. Marvel has signed a multi-year deal with comiXology, the largest digital comics platform, to exclusively distribute single issue English-language digital comics worldwide. Marvel fans will have a plethora of sources to obtain these digital comics, including the Marvel apps available for Android and iOS .

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Marvel Brings 80 Graphic Novels To The iBookstore

Marvel Brings 80 Graphic Novels To The iBookstore

Comic book junkies rejoice: Marvel has brought 80 graphic novels to Apple’s iBookstore. Titles like Civil War, Avengers, Dark Tower, Spider-Man, X-Men, and more are now available in the iBookstore for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

More titles will be added to the iBookstore every week, and Marvel is offering a full issue of New Avengers for free to wet your appetite.

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Dilbert And Steve Jobs Agree: Phablets Suck [Humor]

Dilbert And Steve Jobs Agree: Phablets Suck [Humor]

Steve Jobs called then tweeners: too big to be a phone, too small to be a tablet. Others have coined a better portmanteau to describe them: “phablets.” It’s a wonderful word, isn’t it, somehow evoking both expectoration and flabbiness?

Anyway, we’re going to be seeing a lot of phablets next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (and make sure to stay tuned for our on-site reporting all next week), and my guess is that with most of them, the rationale that manufacturers have employed in making them will be eerily similar to the thought process described in the latest strip of Dilbert.

[Thanks, Mike!]

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Gnash Gnash! The Beano’s On The App Store With Five Free Issues [Review]

Beano freebies

Iconic Brit kids comic The Beano has made its debut on the iOS App Store, with a hidden treat inside for kids: five free issues for the grabbing.

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Comic Life for iPad Is Half Price All This Week [Review]

Comic Life for iPad is half price this week. It's a great little comic making app.

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ComicNerd is a Best-in-Class Reader for Mac

ComicNerd is a Best-in-Class Reader for Mac

The paper-based comic book has been, for at least a decade, an absurdity. Each 32-page issue takes up a significant amount of space without delivering very much story. And the idea of taking a fat stack of them on vacation or a plane ride is as bad an idea as it appears on its face. Even more so than the novel, comics and electronic readers are a natural match. And the Mac now has a signature way to read comics in the form of ComicNerd, a new app from A Nice Cut of Tea and a Sit Down LLC. As the owner of a huge comics collection, much of it digitized at this point, I can state unequivocally that this is pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for. And it’s hard to imagine anyone doing it better.

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‘Comic Life’ Comes to iPad for Awesome Comic Book Creation On The Go

Comic Life iPad

Remember Comic Life – the awesome application for creating comic books out of your photos that used to be bundled with Intel Macs? Well, now it’s available on the iPad; taking the latest functionality from the desktop application and wrapping it up into an easy to use touch interface.

Comic Life for iPad has everything you need for creating and sharing comics, including fun and quirky templates, stylized image filters, and an easy-to-use drag and drop placement. You have full control over the design of your comics with a huge selection design options – colors, fonts, gradients, balloons, captions, panels and more.

Create comics out of the photos in your device’s photo library, then add balloons, captions, lettering and templates to tell your story; while the smart text layout and image filtering functions ensure your projects always look fantastic.

Use the integrated e-reader to view your creations in fullscreen, and when they’re ready for the big time, share them with your friends via Facebook and email. You can also print your comics via AirPrint and share them between other iPads with the intuitive ‘drag & drop’ feature.

Comic Life from Plasq is currently on sale for a limited time to celebrate its App Store release. Grab it now for $7.99!

iPhone, iPod Comics for Kids

iPhone, iPod Comics for Kids

Calling it the world’s first monthly comic series for children on the iPhone and iPod touch, EyeCandy is available on iTunes.

The $.99 comic, described as “goofy” by creator PJ Holden as he walks through features, can be stripped down to the ink or pencil layers for digital finger painting. It exploits the iPhone platform for sound, vibration and an accelerometer. Each issue comes with extras, like a pony toy (shake the iPhone and it whinnies) in the cowboy-themed first issue, so a lot of busy time for your buck.

EyeCandy is a heroic come back by Infurious Comics, whose MURDEDROME was rejected by Apple for sale on iTunes out of concern over adult content.

The boys in Belfast are valiantly trying to put a positive spin on the situation, describing safe for children release as “hot on the heels of the rejection” of the adult comic.

While we’re not against kiddy apps, it’s a shame there isn’t more for grown-ups who need a little displacement activity during meetings.