Marvin, the best book reader for iOS, goes universal, price drops

Marvin for iOS universal

Marvin, the most advanced and feature-packed book reading app for iOS celebrates its first anniversary.

The update that has just been released is essential as it simplifies the experience for users with more than one iOS device. Marvin is now universal – one app is optimized for both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch.

So far there were two versions:

  • originally launched a year ago, optimized for iPad, a free download
  • a version for iPhone and iPod Touch, introduced in September, for $4.99

Since now the list price of Marvin will be $2.99 ($2 less than iPhone version before the update). What is important, for a limited time the app will be free to let current iPad users update it at no cost.

There is a simple guide on Marvin blog about how to migrate from Marvin for iPad to the new universal version.

Existing users can continue using Marvin for iPad indefinitely, but it will not be available for new users, and there will be no new updates. As I wrote earlier, the universal app is currently free, so that current users of the iPad app could migrate to the new one at no cost.

Marvin is the app for power readers, or just readers who want their book reading app look and behave exactly as they want.

During this first year, Marvin has been updated almost once every two weeks. Over 360 new features and enhancements were made. My favorite ones are customs commands that let set up most used tasks to be available in one tap.

There are also tons of customization features, a very powerful library management, advanced book analysis tools similar to Kindle X-Ray, Dropbox-powered sync, and Calibre integration.

The new update, besides moving to universal mode, offers several Dropbox and Calibre optimizations. It also has an improved epub compatibility, and further UI improvements were made.

Stay tuned. Later today we’ll publish an interview with the developer of Marvin, Kristian Guillaumier, who will talk about next developments, and share his thoughts about the future of digital reading.

Since the new update, Marvin has also a free edition that lets read one book at a time.

Marvin iOS book reader logoMarvin book reader for iOS

Marvin is an eBook reader for people who are passionate about their books. Get Marvin and find out why readers are calling it “the most brilliant eReader to come out in a long time”

Enjoy your books
– A modern and clean user interface
– Format books any way you like
– High fidelity rendering
– Opens DRM-free EPUB books
– A selection of beautiful reading fonts
– Virtually unlimited combinations of text and background colors
– 2 column layouts in both portrait and landscape (iPad)
– Cloud location sync
– Publisher layouts and embedded fonts
– Full book search
– Control page warmth and tint in addition to brightness for comfortable night-time reading
– Customizable gestures, swiping to control brightness and warmth, page turn directions, snapping to bookmarks and chapters, etc…
– A reading timer
– Powerful highlighting and annotation tools
– Create custom commands with presets to integrate with Google Maps, Bing Images, Tweetbot, IMDb, Lingvo, Goodreads, Facebook, Wikipedia, the Merriam-Webster dictionary and more

Discover and learn
– Artificial intelligence that reads your books and helps you discover great things about them, their authors, characters, places, events and everything else (English only)
– Intelligently search for and pin web content such as articles, reviews and videos
– Build character summaries as separate EPUBs in seconds
– Automatically build a vocabulary as you look up words in the dictionary
– Offline and online dictionaries

Organize
– Incredibly powerful library management tools
– Custom and smart collections (folders)
– Sorting, filtering and grouping
– Group books by word count
– Reads calibre and extended metadata (subjects, series and tags)
– A metadata editor that also lets choose new covers

Share
– Virtually all the content you see, create and find can be exported and shared
– All exported content can be opened in web browsers and word processors for further reference
– Share status, progress, pictures, text selections and highlights to Facebook and Twitter

Your books anywhere
– Find books anywhere in your Dropbox
– Native calibre support with integration that other readers can only dream of OPDS catalogs
– Web downloads
– iTunes and email side-loading

Notes
– Marvin opens DRM-free EPUB 2.0 books
– Dropbox support and location sync requires a Dropbox account

⇢ Marvin $2.99

For a limited time the app is free to let current users update it at no cost.
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