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Initial post: Apr 27, 2013 4:54:33 AM PDT
Garry says:
Hi, I bought a series of comic books for kindle for my android tablet, for the most part it's fine, but there are a few double-page spreads where I can't see what's going on. The orientation for the whole document seems to be locked in portrait, which is fine for most of the pages, but when it's a double-page spread, the page is centered with big white gaps at the top and bottom, everything is tiny, and I can't seem to rotate it or zoom in on it to get a better view, so, there's a few pages in the middle of the story I can't read.

Is there an option to enable this somewhere, or is this a feature that's likely to be added in future?

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 6:53:48 AM PDT
Fud53 says:
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Posted on Apr 28, 2013 4:22:07 PM PDT
Garry says:
Yes, I have, that's why I thought I could get a helpful answer here.

The rotation lock isn't on, pinching to zoom doesn't do anything as it's not a PDF, double-tapping to enable virtual panels isn't doing anything either. Those were the only references to zooming in the kindle for android instruction documentation.

So, I take it you mean the answer is no, those features are not supported?

Posted on May 15, 2013 8:12:48 PM PDT
PhilB says:
I would like to know this as well. Fud53's comment is useless and unhelpful.

Posted on May 19, 2013 6:51:28 PM PDT
P. Scott says:
Anyone figure this out? The comics feature on Kindle is about ten times less enjoyable than normal comic-viewing apps.
Stuck in portrait, the spotlight feature is severely lacking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2013 4:28:38 PM PDT
gilbert says:
I'm about to return some graphic novels I purchased as they are nearly unreadable on the ipad kindle app. I expected something akin to the xcomics app, or at least the ability to zoom and rotate, but this is ridiculous.

I'd prefer to get comics on kindle vs xcomics as its easier for me and they seem to be cheaper, but this is a deal breaker unless sorted out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2013 5:02:14 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I haven't tried the comic I bought in my Ipad Kindle app but I have on the Kindle Fire HD. I find it much clumsier to use than any of the usual comic apps but it seems to have all the same features. It's just hard figuring out how to find them when you want them.

I don't read comics much so every time I open one I have to figure it out all over again. But if I spend a couple of minutes playing with it I finally do remember how to use it and it's okay after that.


Posted on Oct 22, 2013 2:33:16 PM PDT
fbarich says:
I just bought and immediately returned my first and only Comic Book purchase from Amazon today. I cannot believe how poor the navigation is since you are forced to read with the native ereader app. Hope they fix this soon. Perfect Viewer for me.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 3:27:16 PM PDT
CatChat says:
I've gotten 2 comics so far for my kindle fire hd 7. double click on a panel will enlarge it and the usual swipe to turn a page will switch it to the next panel. I've had no problem reading the one's I've purchased using those techniques.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 4:44:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2013 4:48:02 AM PDT
fbarich says:
I understand the functionality, but with no Landscape Mode, the comic I purchased was really hard to read even tapping for zoom. I normally use Perfect Viewer to read which allows for a Landscape mode and touch pinch/stretch zoom. I tried opening the comic thru Perfect Viewer but could not find the comic file. Need to dig a bit further on this...

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 10:11:56 PM PST
RDA says:
Being able to go into landscape is a must-have feature. It's really hard for me to enjoyably read comics.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 6:15:43 AM PDT
Has no one figured out how to rotate into landscape mode or pinch and zoom? Is it possible to take the file and install it on another comic viewer? Thanks

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 4:11:50 PM PDT
johnny says:
I really wish I had found this discussion before buying a graphic novel. On my Samsung Galaxy 4 I can not zoom or rotate the image. The cloud reader is not any more helpful. Using my browser to zoom in I can read the text but I can't navigate around the page to bring more of the image into view. Amazon should probably not even sell graphic novels for digital viewing. It's a horrible experience.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 7:20:37 PM PDT
How do I get a refund on this?? I bought a graphic novel and can't read some of the pages because they are so small. Really disappointed.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 5:00:24 PM PDT
Ron Price says:
It has been quite a while now and Amazon still has not done seemed to do anything to help fix this issue. I think I'm going to have to try to find out if there is a way to send my Kindle graphic novels to a another Comicviewer app. If there's no way to fix this problem I am going to have to stop buying graphic novels from Amazon. So sad.... :(. Is still hard for me to properly read certain passages or even see certain panels properly if the comic is only allowed in portrait mode. Plus the lack of an ability to zoom makes it also a little irritating.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 8:04:14 AM PDT
gilbert says:
I use Comixology, it works (and well) on android, ios, and in web browsers. I'd rather buy from Amazon, but they don't seem interested in addressing this at all. Alas, I'm not sure what you can do with you Kindle graphic novels.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 8:14:45 AM PDT
Ron Price says:
I agree. Comixology is definitely the best in my opinion. I tested the Kindle for iPad app and the Kindle for the iPhone app and they were not too much better than reading on the Kindle. I realize now that with the touch zoom option, the Kindle Fire is indeed the best of these devices when buying Amazon Comics. I can tolerate it on my Kindle, but it would be so much better if Amazon would fix the issue for their customers. I guess that well have to continue to patently wait.... To add landscape and better zoom functions to the comic reading experience would make it so much more superb. I would like to think that the Kindles goal is to be the best ereader of all right? These changes would help keep them ahead in the game.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 12:46:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2014 5:35:12 AM PDT
Lateo says:
Albeit very good, Comixology or other reading apps are not the correct solution. It is not only a matter of (cheaper) price: some comics that exist in Amazon Store, simply can not be found in Comixology. I have already tried that. Amazon Store is very well stocked, and some peculiar comics can only be bought there.
The real issue is that Amazon Kindle for Android does not work well with every comics. When I owned a 6'' Kindle (standard, basic version) I bought several different comics from Amazon Store, and could read / zoom / rotate any of them with no problems whatsoever. But reading on a 6'', black and white only, without backlight, is not a very comfortable experience, so I switched to an Asus Android 10'' tablet, only to discover (to my dismay) that some of the comics I had already bought could not be zoomed or rotated correctly using the Amazon Kindle for Android application, as I had been doing with my Kindle. Moreover, those comics are DRM protected, so you can not open / read them using anything else but Amazon Kindle for Android. In addition to this, the PC version of Amazon Kindle can't even download them! ("the item is not compatible with this device")
It is clear that Amazon has no real intention of correcting this issue, because they subtly want you to buy a Kindle, in order to "achieve the best reading experience ever". I'm sad and disappointed, but in truth I can not really blame them for this.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 5:25:27 AM PDT
Ron Price says:
You know. I think they you are right. It does seem like Amazon wants us to stick with the Kindles to read comics. The other devices don't seem very supportive of the Amazon comics. I Agee.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 9:48:49 AM PDT
quartet1977 says:
Not only is there a problem with zoom and screen rotation, there's also a problem with general readability. I find it harder to read Kindle versions of comics/graphic novels than those I get elsewhere. For example, I bought a Hellblazer book this morning (Kindle daily deal), and I can't read the table of contents. The page is not sharp enough. I got a copy elsewhere to compare, and I have no problem. This is similar for other Kindle comics. I expected HD versions that I could read comfortably on my Galaxy Tab S, but that's not what I've got so from the Kindle store.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 11:08:34 AM PDT
Ron Price says:
Oh yes. I am definitely loving the Hellblazer books. I ordered the Kindle version with the special too, but haven't tried it yet on my iPad/iPhone. I tested it on the Kindle HD and it looks good on there. I also bought it specifically to watch on my Kindle paperwhite so I can't read while walking outside. I'm now beginning to buy Comics specifically for my Paperwhite since I enjoy how they look on there.

It does indeed seem like Amazon's devices work pretty decently on their Kindle devices, but sad to say they don't always read the best in my opinion in other devices such as the iPad, Galaxy Tab, desktop computers, and etc. I don't think that's quite fair though being that there are other books work fine on the other devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2014 1:16:07 PM PDT
quartet1977 says:
It definitely does not look that good on my Galaxy Tab S. Neither does the Flash, another recent Kindle daily deal. Annihilation looks fine, though, as does vol 1 of Gotham Central. Too bad they're not all uniformly fine. I've already returned my copy of Hellblazer. I don't want to support lousy copies. I'll email amazon shortly to register my concern.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2014 1:26:15 PM PDT
Ron Price says:
At least they'll hopefully allow you to return the book... It definitely is not worth anything if it can't be read..... Maybe they'll eventually get the hint that their App devices need to have excellent quality too if they want to keep customers... Especially those who may not have the Kindle devices. Can u please let me know if they allow you to return the book? I'm curious to know how it turns..

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 1:31:08 PM PDT
quartet1977 says:
Returning it was easy. Just to go the section of your account where you manage your kindle content. You'll see all your books there. You can get a refund on anything you've purchased within the previous 7 days.

I probably would have been able to read the book, well, most of it, but the quality was noticeably lower than the other copy I managed to find. I'd give it 2 stars for readability.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2014 1:38:18 PM PDT
Ron Price says:
Yay! I'm glad that it worked out. They really need to fix that issue. They'd get even more satisfied comic readers! :)
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