Quick Superficial Overview of My Kindle Fire HDs Presentation of The Best American Comics 2013
i’ve been collecting ( Listing ) all The little problems on my Kindle Fire HD that i find, & This Listing has become so long, with so much additional commentary, that it’s gotten completely away from me. ( ! )
Even now; i am very Reticent to even touch any of Those criticisms because they are so lengthy; While what really brought me to my Rants Folder this morning was my Recent Frustration with:
The Best American Comics 2013 / Jeff Smith - Editor
i have loved this Series for many years, But this Issue that i’m Reading for my Fire HD has many, many short-comings !
The Easiest Way to Consider these Annoyances is to Compare The Book Reader to Zinio’s Magazine Reader.
The Zinio Magazine Reader offers The Most Elegant Solution to Reading Big Page Magazines on The Comparatively Tiny Fire HD Screen.
The Zinio Structure allows for The Most Elementary Touch Screen Functions, Such as; Pinch to Enlarge or Shrink— Which The Book Reader does Not !
The Best American Comics Book Exasperates this further by Adding what its Editors may have thought was being Clever, but Results in just Layers & Layers of Frustration.
When you’re viewing The Page of a Magazine in Zinio; Each page is Presented exactly as you’d view it in The Print Versions, & if you want to Examine something in Detail or Read an Article, All you have to Do is Pinch to Expand The Area that you’d like to See. This is Supplemented a little by a Double Tap which Blow up The Section under The Tap, which can then be fine tuned to just The right size & positioning with subtle finger manipulations. With a Little Practice, this becomes purely automatic on The Readers Part.
In Full Disclosure; As much as i Love Zinio; There is a Slight Ambiguity with this Touch System, in that when you single touch The screen ( sometimes ) The Scrolling Editor comes up along The Bottom. This is easily remedied, but i would much rather this feature was more restricted to a specific activation region, such as very near The bottom of The Screen.
This Scrolling Editor is Very useful for ‘Flipping’ through The Magazine, as well as an Additional feature which brings up all The Pages, Side by Side for Examination which is accessed by a Features Menu.
The Best American Comics Book has none of these Features. It has only The Sliding Button along The Bottom which provides No Real Ability to Scan The Book in a ‘Flipping’ Manner.
It doesn’t even have a Table of Contents which is accessible from any Page in The Book. ( Some Books do have this )
It doesn’t have The Synthetic Reader Either.
One Less Significant Annoyance is that The Pages are Presented with a Beige Side Margin which makes The pages look smaller.
With Zinio; These Side Margins are Black, so that The Pages appear to fill The Screen if they are not proportional to The Dimensions of The Fire HDs Screen.
The Method that The Best American Comics Reader uses to ally The Reader to Read ‘Fine Print’ is to have created an Entirely Customized Interface which ‘Pops Up’ Individual Comix Panes when Double Tapped. Once this has been engaged, you can ‘Flip’ Through The Panes one after another, as you would Flip individual Pages.
The Problem is though; That this Method is Very Inconsistent !
i have spent many minutes wildly tapping on The Screen trying to reproduce an Effect which it just performed !
The Most Egregious Flaw though is The Missing Pinch to Enlarge & Shrink ! If it simply included this One Universal Feature, i would be willing to forgive its many other flaws.
And Worse Perhaps !!! Is that it DOES Include this Feature for SOME panes, But NOT All of Them !!!
When you do Double Tap for The Panes that this Works with ( Not All of Them ! ) It Will Only Enlarge a Section to Fill The Screen Width in Portrait Mode ( It won’t work in Landscape Mode !!! ) So that This Enlargement is only very marginal for many Panes.
For SOME of The Panes; You can Double Tap them into an Enlargement Mode that is common for most books, which Separates The Illustration to A ‘Viewing Pane’ which you can Use The Pinch to Enlarge & Shrink Feature, But to ‘Return’ to The Book, you have to Cancel this by Tapping on The Close (x) Button in The Upper Right Hand Corner.
In The Zinio Magazine Reader; You are Always in The Reader Mode. You can Enlarge & Shrink Pages, Navigate around them, & then Move on to The Next page while always in this One Mode.
It annoys me that i have to ‘Open’ an Illustration to View it in Detail in all The Books. And Additionally; The Illustrations are usually presented in their Smallest Imaginable Size, Like on Wikipedia. So that to View any of these Illustrations, you have to ‘Open’ them to A Second Viewing Tier, Then Close that to Return to The Reading Material.
There is something ‘Kind of Like This’ in The Zinio Magazine Reader, In that for Some Articles in Some Magazines, you can Enter a ’TEXT’ Mode, which allows you to Read a Lengthy Article in The Usual Tablet Book like Format. Which is Very Convenient, & its easy to escape from.
Another Thing that is Obviously Different about The Zinio & Book Viewing Formats, Is that when Flipping from one Page in A Zinio Magazine to another Page, You are Sliding from One Page to The Next, which allows you to see both pages during The Slide, Separated by a Thin White Line.
When you Flip from One page in The Best American Comics Book to The Next Page; The First Page will Slide to The Left, But The Next Page will be Blank for Several moments, then Pop Up.
The Zinio Method Demonstrates that this Pause isn’t necessary, so that its especially annoying.
Another Grievance with The Best American Comics Book is that when you Double Tap on A Pane to Enlarge it, Sometimes The Whole page or Section will Enlarge, & sometimes only The Speech Bubble will Enlarge, & very often; When The Speech Bubble is Enlarged, It will Not be Enlarged as The Bubble, but as a Box which Cuts of The Edges of The Bubble. This may seem like a Trivial Complaint, but If i was The Editor that Used this Method, i would insist The Whole Bubble was Extracted & Enlarged. It’s just a Demonstration of Lazy Tablet Reader Editing.
The Definitive Solution would be to allow Pinch To Enlarge to Work on Every Page !!!
This is very Annoying in The Introduction, which doesn’t have The Top Menu Bar, Which ALL BOOKS do ! So that i can’t make The Text Bigger, & in this Native Mode, As Presented, The Text is Very Small, & won’t even allow me to Switch to Landscape Mode, by turning The Device over on its side.
That is Just Crazy ( !!! ) ?
The Missing Top Menu Bar is also Crazy.
The Missing Table of Contents usually featured in This Menu Bar is Also Crazy, Especially Considering what kind of Book this is ! Finding a Given Comic after leaving it, is very annoying & Frustrating !
The Nut of it is; Although this is not The First Graphic Novel that i’ve bought for my Kindle Fire, it will be The Last.
They have tricked me for The Last Time.
The Other Two ( ± ) Hawkeye & Some Samplers, Suffer from these Short comings as well.
All Illustrative Works should Follow The Zinio Method ! ( !!! )