Read comics using Bubble Zoom on Google Play Books

To make reading comics easier, you can make speech bubbles bigger and expand your comic to fill the whole screen. 

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. Bubble Zoom is not available on web. 

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 the comic you want to check.
  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. 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.

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. Scroll down to "Features" to find if "Bubble Zoom" is enabled.

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, 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. Open the comic that uses Bubble Zoom.
  2. Tap the center of the page.
  3. Tap Display options Display options.
  4. Turn Bubble Zoom on.
Step 4: Contact Google
  1. Open the Google Play Books app Play Books.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Help & feedback and then Send feedback.
  3. Describe your issue.
  4. 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 when you hold your device on its side.

Note: Bubble Zoom doesn't work if you're reading the comic expanded on its side.

  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. Select:
    • Fit Width Fit width
    • Two-page layout Two-page layout
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