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Marvin Classic - eBook reader for epub

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E-readers are great for children. Reading little and often is the best way to improve a child’s vocabulary, comprehension and creative writing skills. Being given a wide variety of sources to inspire is what Marvin does best, and many of the books are available free.

Teacher Review

Marvin is not just an e-reader app. There is an accessible library (click get books, OPDS, internet archive / project Gutenburg) with thousands of free books. Although most are aimed at adults, the classics are here and there are such a vast amount of texts to be discovered, you will be spoilt for choice.
 
Again, parental supervision is recommended as there are books included with a more adult theme and more adult language. Once a book has been downloaded children can read at their own pace and put the usual e-reader tools into practice such as looking up words, book marking pages etc.
 
The creators of this app have really thought about accessibility. Texts can be made larger or smaller, fonts changed (including a choice of dyslexic friendly fonts), background colours can be added and brightness can be altered easily. These aspects combined, make reading much more enjoyable. Pictures can be added in some books.
 
The Deepview option on the app allows children to search for references to individual characters, places, key themes and key events. This makes scrolling through a whole chapter to find relevant sentences, a thing of the past. Be careful here as by hopping around a book in this way can mean that children lose the meaning of the information they find so it is a tool best used after the book has been read.
 
Overall Marvin has something to offer all. It is a great app to encourage reading in less inclined students and wider the horizons or more able or keen readers. Parents can add their own books to the library and show children just how satisfying reading can be. It is an app that can be used from 11+ students (supervised) to A level and beyond. 

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From the Developer

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, designed for iOS 7
  • 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, background colors and page textures
  • 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
  • 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 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, EVERYWHERE

  • Find books anywhere in your Dropbox *
  • Native calibre support with integration that other readers can only dream of (iOS 8.2 and earlier)
  • OPDS catalogs
  • Web downloads
  • iTunes and email side-loading
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