Recently, we explored the growing phenomenon of digital comic books. One of the coolest products for digital comic books is the Comixology Guided View digital comic reader. Available for free through Comixology.com, the Guided View digital comic book reader is an easy-to-use application that comic book readers use to buy and read digital comic books on any or all computer devices they own.
Guided View is a reader, much like the well-known Adobe readers, but to date Guided View is exclusively for digital comic books. Guided View has two distinct advantages other digital comic book readers do not have. The first is that because Digital View is through Comixology and not an individual publisher, readers may easily and inexpensively purchase digital comic books from various publishers with a consistent platform. It is a huge advantage for readers who have favorite characters from DC Comics, Marvel and the independents to not have to switch platforms or create multiple accounts just to read the comic books they love.
The other serious advantage of Guided View is that the Comixology-created platform is fully transferable. When you create an account with Comixology.com, that account is accessible from all of your computers, smartphones or other mobile devices. That universal account access provides you with the ability to read your digital comic books with whatever device you have on you at the time. If your laptop computer runs out of battery power, that is not a problem! Simply continue reading your digital comic book on your tablet computer or smartphone. That access is a convenience that allows readers to be assured they will only pay for their digital comic book once, but have the ability to read it in perpetuity.
Guided View has two reading modes: full page and guided. The full page reading option provides the most true comic book experience, as readers are able to see the full two-pages of panels and may easily follow the movement and depth of the panels the way the artist originally intended readers to experience it. The full page option is ideal for larger devices, like reading the digital comic books on your widescreen television through your Internet-connected game console.
The second reading mode is the guided view option from the Guided View reader. The guided view option transforms every digital comic book into a panel by panel movie. Readers see a panel; they click “Forward” and Guided View slides to the next panel or does a wipe into the next panel. The guided view is ideal for smaller devices, like reading digital comics on a smartphone. Serious readers are likely to miss the way the artwork connects, but the simple sense of motion the guided view provides will engage children.
Guided View requires no computer support to install or operate. Comixology is doing a real service to the environment and independent comic books by advancing digital comic books. At the forefront with their Guided View, Comixology is undeniably cool.
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