Marvin Ebook Reader Formats For Essays

Marvin is proud to be pretty much the most powerful eBook and comic book reader for iOS. Refined by years of reader feedback and suggestions, version 3 is the sequel to the acclaimed eBook reader for iPhone and iPad.

Take a moment to check out all the incredible things, that Marvin can do:

  • Built from scratch for iOS 9 with a brand new interface
  • Opens DRM-free EPUB books, CBX and CBR comics
  • Format books any way you like
  • High fidelity rendering
  • Full support for all the latest iOS devices including iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro
  • Supports Split View and Slide Over on compatible devices
  • ’Now reading’ today widget
  • Touch ID and startup password
  • Dark UI with optional automatic light/dark switching
  • Spotlight integration to find and open any book from the home screen
  • Zero-configuration, reliable iCloud book location sync
  • Book location sync supports more than two devices
  • External Bluetooth keyboard and remote control support including customisable key commands for in-book navigation and control
  • A selection of beautiful reading fonts
  • Side-load your own fonts
  • Virtually unlimited combinations of text, background colours and page textures
  • Reading statistics
  • Reading session time reports
  • Morning and evening reading reminders
  • Six, optional, app UI colour themes
  • Book and author info web searches straight from your library
  • Customisable web and image search providers (Bing/DuckDuckGo/Google)
  • Customisable external web browser, including in-app Safari with readability mode and content-blocker support
  • Multi-column support on compatible devices, including 3-column landscape on iPad
  • Publisher layouts and embedded fonts
  • Full book search, with results exportable to PDF
  • Control page warmth and dimming in addition to brightness for comfortable night-time reading
  • Customizable gestures, swiping to control brightness, page turn directions, snapping to bookmarks and chapters, etc...
  • Reading timers
  • Multi-colour bookmarks
  • Powerful highlighting and annotation tools
  • Create and reorder unlimited custom commands with presets to integrate with Google Maps, Bing Images, Tweetbot, IMDb, Lingvo, Goodreads, Facebook, Wikipedia, the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and more
  • Offline and online dictionaries
  • Normalised language-specific dictionary lookups
  • Context-aware scrub bar for long lists
  • Social network sharing templates
  • Swipe left and right in any text field to move the cursor/caret
  • In-app help in settings, book, and comic screens to explain each setting available
  • Undo/redo location tracking

Reading modes

  • Paginated reading
  • Vertical scrolling, with auto-scroll, and guide bars
  • Text-to-speech
  • Karaoke (speed reading)
  • Guided zig-zag comic mode

Marvin Side-by-Side (SxS)

  • Run a second instance of Marvin
  • Keep a separate library (great for shared devices in the family)
  • SxS libraries can be protected using a password and Touch ID
  • Read or study two books side-by-side on devices that support Slide Over and Split View
  • Easily transfer books to and from Marvin and Marvin SxS


  • Natively supports CBR and CBZ comics
  • Pinch to zoom, and zig-zag viewing modes
  • Customisable and automatic matte colours
  • Supports warmth, extra dimming, and image tinting
  • Image sharpening, contrast, and exposure corrections
  • Thumbnail navigation
  • Zoom widget
  • Bookmarking
  • Metadata and library management
  • Navigation scrubber with page previews

Karaoke (speed reading)

  • Customisable reading speeds up to 720 words per minute
  • Customisable words per line
  • Large text mode
  • Intelligent auto-pause for sentences, punctuation, and long words
  • Sentence rewind
  • Automatically follows paragraphs and chapters in book
  • Karaoke honours reading font, paper and text colours
  • Colourise first letter

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)
  • Build character summaries as separate EPUBs in seconds
  • Export named entities to a PDF file
  • Automatically build a vocabulary as you look up words in the dictionary
  • Offline and online dictionaries


  • Incredibly powerful library management tools
  • Custom and smart collections
  • Wall, list, and cover library views
  • Sorting, filtering, and grouping
  • Group books by word count
  • Reads calibre and extended metadata (subjects, series, and tags)
  • A metadata editor that also lets you choose new covers

Annotations and journal

  • Keep a reading journal
  • Reading maps
  • Export annotations to EPUB and PDF journals
  • Tag annotations
  • Book title, author, and, optional, location auto-tagging for journal entries and annotations
  • Add photos and pictures to annotations
  • Standard, satellite, and hybrid map viewing modes
  • Filter journal entries and annotations by type and colour


  • Virtually all the content you see, create and find can be exported and shared
  • Extensive export to CSV, EPUB, and PDF
  • 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, everywhere

  • New Dropbox browser with improved performance and new sort options
  • Download all books in your Dropbox in one tap
  • Improved iOS cloud picker support to access your documents from iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and other services
  • OPDS catalogs
  • Auto-OPDS catalog detection
  • Web downloads
  • iTunes and email side-loading

Improved export and interchange

  • Custom text menu commands configured on a device can be AirDropped or sent to another device
  • Custom fonts, including font files, configured on a device can be AirDropped or sent to another device
  • Web browser favourites on a device can be AirDropped or sent to another device
  • OPDS favourites on a device can be AirDropped or sent to another device
  • Book annotations and bookmarks can be AirDropped or sent to another device


  • Marvin opens DRM-free EPUB books with basic support for EPUB 3
  • Marvin opens DRM-free CBR and CBX comics
  • Dropbox support requires a Dropbox account

If you're into DRM-free books, we've worked hard to make Marvin the best way to enjoy them.

(available for iPhone and iPad)

Earlier this year, on the recommendation of former TUAW lead Megan Lavey Heaton, I gave iBooks the heave-ho and installed Marvin on my iPad. A US$3.99 app, Marvin, Megs insisted, was the ebook reader I'd been waiting for, and one that I could easily fall in love with.

She was right.

Feature rich, beautifully realized, Marvin quickly migrated to my iPad home page, and from there, onto my launch bar. It offered all the reading control I needed to immerse myself in stories. There are too many incredibly useful features to mention, so go look at the product page.

Among my favorites are the slide-to-dim when moving from a bright room to a dark one, perfect font adjustments, progress tracking, and so forth. It's an absolutely fantastic app for reading DRM-free EPUB. Marvin does not support Mobi or PDF reading at this time.

When developer Kristian Guillaumier approached me to take an early look at his new ereader app Gerty, I was surprised. Marvin is excellent. What more needed to be said or developed in this space? Malta-based Guillaumier explained his motivation. Over time, Marvin had grown and grown based on user requests, created a very purposeful code base that really couldn't be re-directed the way he envisioned. Although Marvin has in no way reached its end of life, Gerty would re-imagine this space for a new audience.

To Guillaumier, reading wasn't just an end-point, it was the beginning of an experiential process. To him, books involve the space, the reader, the learning, and the environment as well as the material on the rendered page. Gerty, his new passion project, would allow users to bring those elements into their books, creating annotations and journals related to book content.

Users could annotate texts, add tagging, detail their progress, and more. Whether in the class room or on a real-world journey, the greater book experience could be collected and incorporated to build a richer ebook library.

Like Marvin, Gerty (free with $3.99 IAP to unlock all features) is packed with product highlights. Guillaumier has spent a lot of extra effort adding these in with great subtlety. You discover items almost accidentally, as the interface graciously defers to your natural interactions, offering features you hadn't thought to look for yourself. A tap on the page brings up a set of tools for adjusting your presentation. Another tap dismisses it. A drag on the book overview screen reveals statistics about your reading sessions. Little quotes here and there enliven the interface, emphasizing a profound connection between reading and the love of books.

In terms of visual design, Gerty puts Marvin to shame. When using the app, I kept wishing more and more features would migrate back so Marvin could share the beautiful menus and font choices. Every menu, every presentation, every feature has been enhanced for visual clarity. While I may not agree with all the choices made, it's clear that Gerty was grown to put design first. (Guillaumier assures me that the improved Gerty design sensibilities will migrate back to Marvin over time, particularly in the upcoming Marvin 3.0 update.)

Simple taps enable you to add journal entries, photos, and geotagging. Built-in Dropbox linking makes importing books a snap.

One of the features I much prefer in Marvin is its traditional page by page presentation. Gerty defaults to scrolling chapters. This is an ebook reading style that I acknowledge is quite popular, even though it's not really my thing. There are elements that are still being developed, and others that will likely change as users gets their hands on the app and start offering feedback.

For me, I haven't quite decided whether I'm now primarily a Marvin user or a Gerty user. I suspect over time I'm going to begin exploring more of the Gerty-style journaling features on my iPhone. Marvin remains, however, my ereader app of choice on my iPad. I'm really glad I have access to both.

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