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To make reading comics easier, you can make speech bubbles bigger and expand your comic to fill the whole screen. These features only work on Android devices.

Make speech bubbles easier to read

You can make speech bubbles or speech balloons bigger with Bubble Zoom. Bubble Zoom is available for Marvel and DC collected volumes in English.

Watch this video to see how Bubble Zoom works.

Find out if a comic book has Bubble Zoom

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Search for the comic you want to check.
  3. Tap the comic.
  4. Look for the banner: "Part of the Bubble Zoom tech preview."

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, or press the volume down button.
  • Move backward: Swipe down, tap the left side of the screen, or press the volume up button.
  • Make a text bubble bigger: Double tap a speech bubble.

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. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open a comic that uses Bubble Zoom.
  3. Tap the center of the page.
  4. At the top right, tap Display options Display options.
  5. On the slider, turn Bubble Zoom on or off.

Stop using the volume button to move through speech bubbles

  1. Open the Google Play Books App Play Books .
  2. Tap Menu Menu and thenSettingsand then Use volume key to turn pages.

Fix problems with Bubble Zoom

Step 1: Check that the comic uses Bubble Zoom
  1. 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.
  4. Look for the banner: "Part of the Bubble Zoom tech preview."

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. Go to a page with speech bubbles on it.
  2. Tap the screen, swipe up or down, or press the volume key.
    • 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. Open the comic that uses Bubble Zoom.
  2. Tap the center of the page.
  3. Tap Display options Display options.
  4. Make sure Bubble Zoom is on.
Step 4: Contact Google
  1. Open the comic where Bubble Zoom isn't working.
  2. If it’s just not working on a specific page, go to that page.
  3. Tap the center of the page.
  4. Tap More Moreand then Help & feedback and then Send feedback.
  5. Describe your issue and tap Send Send.

We'll use your feedback to help make the feature work better in future releases of the app.

Expand your comic to fit your screen

You can make sure a comic takes up your whole screen using Fit Width. Fit Width works when you hold your Android phone on its side.

Note: Bubble Zoom doesn't work if you're reading the comic in Fit Width mode.

Turn Fit Width on or off

  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Open the comic you want to read.
  3. Hold your phone on its side.
  4. Tap the center of the screen.
  5. Tap Display options Display options.
  6. Adjust the display setting. You can choose Fit Width or Two-page layout .

Dan is a Google Play expert and author of this help page. Leave him feedback below about the page.

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