Read comics with Bubble Zoom on Google Play Books

To read comics easier, you can make speech bubbles bigger and expand your comic to fill the whole screen. Bubble Zoom is available for Marvel and DC collected volumes in English and some popular comics in Japanese.

Important: Bubble Zoom is not available on computer.

Watch this video to see how Bubble Zoom works.

Find out if a comic book has Bubble Zoom

  1. On your iPhone or iPad's browser, go to play.google.com/store/books.
  2. At the top, search for a comic.
  3. Tap the comic.
  4. Scroll down to Additional Information.
  5. Under "Bubble Zoom," check if it says "Enabled."

Turn Bubble Zoom on or off

If you turn off Bubble Zoom, it will turn it off for all the comics on that device.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open a comic.
  3. Tap the center of the page.
  4. At the top, tap Display options Display optionsand then Text.
  5. Turn Bubble Zoom on or off. If there's no option to turn it on or off, Bubble Zoom is not available for that comic book.

Zoom in & move through speech bubbles

You have to be in full-screen mode to move through speech bubbles.
  • Move forward: Swipe up, tap the right side of the screen.
  • Move backward: Swipe down, tap the left side of the screen.
  • Make a text bubble bigger: Double tap a speech bubble.

Expand your comic to fit your screen

You can make sure a comic takes up your whole screen when you hold your device on its side.
Tip: Bubble Zoom doesn't work if you're reading the comic expanded on its side.
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open a comic.
  3. Tap the center of the screen.
  4. Tap Display options Display options.
    • Fit Width Fit width
    • Two-page layout Two-page layout.

Fix problems with Bubble Zoom

Step 1: Check that the comic uses Bubble Zoom
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Search for the comic you want to check.
  3. Tap the comic to enter the detail page.

If Bubble Zoom is available but isn't working, try the steps to fix book loading issues. If that doesn't work, go to step 2.

Step 2: Check whether Bubble Zoom is working
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, go to a page with speech bubbles on it.
  2. Tap the screen, or swipe up or down.
    • If a bubble gets bigger, the feature is working.
    • If it doesn't get bigger, go to step 3.
Step 3: Check if Bubble Zoom is on
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the comic that uses Bubble Zoom.
  2. Tap the center of the page.
  3. Tap Display options Display options and then turn Bubble Zoom on.
Step 4: Contact Google
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Help & feedback and then Send feedback.
  3. Describe your issue and then Send Send.
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