Top places in the Books category of Apple iTunes App Store are occupied by free apps from major ebookstores, such as Kindle, Kobo, or Nook. It’s easy to overlook the most versatile and advanced independent book-reading app for iPad and iPhone – Marvin.
Marvin, now in the 3rd generation, is packed with so many features you are guaranteed to discover and admire new ones months after you download the app to your iPhone or iPad.
In short, Marvin can read DRM-free ebooks (epub format) and comics (cbx, cbr formats), and sync them via either iCloud or Dropbox.
The app offers tons of personalization options, including several themes to choose from (premium version), beautiful fonts, page formatting options, and automatic night theme switching. It has something you can call a built-in Night Shift. You can adjust page warmth, dimming, and brightness on top of Apple’s default blue light control feature.
The biggest advantage of Marvin for power users is extensive key command management. You can customize the commands you are most frequently using while reading a book. The number of options at hand is impressive (Amazon would rather call it “unlimited”). You can customize translation or sharing options, with ready-to-use preset integrations to Goodreads, Wikipedia, Google Maps, or Merriam-Webster dictionary. You can customize the template message you share on social media or via email.
It’s amazing to discover that an independent app developer has managed to create a highly advanced feature giants like Amazon would be proud to offer. Just read: “Artificial intelligence that reads your books and helps you discover great things about them, their authors, characters, places, events, and everything else.” Doesn’t it sound like Kindle’s X-Ray?
Marvin is always first keeping up with the latest possibilities iOS gives to users. The app is optimized for latest iOS models (iPad Pro and iPhone X among them) and technologies (Split View, Today Widget, Touch ID).
Marvin 3 gives the user so many personalization options that at some point one could start thinking who created the app – the developer or the reader.
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