Google Play Books to Launch a New Veritcal Scrolling Feature for Comics Readers

By Maryann Yin Comment

Scroll (GalleyCat)Google Play Books will introduce a new feature to make it easier to read comics on digital devices. Henceforth, users will be able to view a comic in “landscape mode” and vertically scroll as they read.

Here’s more from the blog post announcement: “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…Flip your device on its side and you can easily scroll through the story with quick vertical swipes.”

For the time being, this upgrade will only be available to Android phone users. The Google team is celebrating by offering a selection of issues from a variety of popular comic series free of charge for the next week. The free comics will come from The X-Files, Lazarus, and Jem and the Holograms.