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Marvin - eBook reader for epub

By Appstafarian

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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"

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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

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

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

What's New in Version 2.7.2

Please remember to update your reviews. They keep Marvin going!

- [iPhone] Swiping up with two fingers on the bottom banner of the home screen reveals the theme picker.
- Backup and restore your library and settings using the calibre connector and Marvin XD. More info about this at

- Improved rendering fidelity.
- Improvements to calibre connector.
- Prevents device sleep during restore.
- Updated Google translate custom commands.
- Whenever Marvin accesses web content using a web view, it appends "[COM.MARVINAPP.IOS/???]” to the User Agent where ??? is Marvin’s current version. This allows websites to detect and provide custom content to Marvin’s web catalogs and Deep View browser screens.

- In-book toolbar colours wouldn’t update when switching to publisher’s layout mode.

- Removed support for Readmill cloud (the Readmill service is shutting down).


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Customer Reviews

Your Best Option

I've been saying it for months now: Marvin is the best epub reader available, and it just keeps getting better. I spend about five hours a day on average reading books, so I need an app that can hold a lot of books (I currently have over a thousand), keep them organized, provide a space for metadata and storyline summaries, show covers, allow me to take notes, look up words in a dictionary of my choosing, save new vocab, rate books using the same 5 star system used by Goodreads, translate words and phrases in different languages, allow integration with Dropbox, and so much more. Marvin has all of these features and more. If you've been looking for a good e-reader, don't waste anymore of your time. This is the best.

A raity in this space: an app with excellent design

My experience with e-book programs was limited to the Kindle app and iBooks. Both programs are serviceable, but set a low bar.

After using those, I've been very pleasantly surprised by Marvin. It just *feels* nice to use. It's a little hard to identify exactly why that's so, but in the case of Marvin I think that's a sign of good design. It gets out of the way, but it also just feels nice to use. In my experience good design like that is rare.

And that may get at part of why I like the app. One of the things you give up with e-books vs physical books is that sense of design, that sense of holding something in your hand that someone put some thought into.

Marvin can't make up for all the limitations of the epub format in terms of allowing that uniqueness of design to come through,but it's like having a leather book cover that you move from book to book. It just feels nice to open.

Reigning ebook reader champ

I’ve been reading ebooks since around 2003 and this is the best mobile app I have ever used. I wish all apps were as good as Marvin. The integration with Calibre/OPDS feeds is excellent and I’ve not found a single epub that doesn’t work well. The author is incredibly responsive to user requests and there is even a github setup where users can add feature requests and other users can provide input. Many of Marvin’s great features originated from community requests.

Marvin - eBook reader for epub
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2014
  • Version: 2.7.2
  • Size: 22.4 MB
  • Languages: English, German
  • Seller: Appstafarian Limited
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Theme Pack$4.99
  2. Late Night Blue Theme$0.99
  3. Sand Theme$0.99
  4. Royal Purple Theme$0.99
  5. Cool Blue Theme$0.99
  6. Hollywood Pink Theme$0.99
  7. Spring Grass Theme$0.99
  8. Glorious Gold Theme$0.99
  9. Sunset Orange Theme$0.99

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