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Amar Chitra Katha's ACK Comics App Will Take You Back to Simpler Times

10.05.2014 11:44 EDT
One of the oldest and most well-known comic book publishers in India, Amar Chitra Katha has been making comics on subjects like mythology and Indian history since 1967, and over the last few years, the company has been taking steps to digitise its library.
The ACK Comics app was launched on the App Store, Google Playand the Windows Storefor Windows 8 tablets and PCs on Saturday, May 3, Free Comic Book Day.
The free app gives readers access to Amar Chitra Katha comics, ranging from its archive but also including the latest books that Amar Chitra Katha publishes, with both free and paid comics. The company also plans regular giveaways for some of the paid titles, so there's a lot of value to be had from the app.
So how does the app measure up against international offerings? We used the app on an iPad for over a week, and here are our impressions.
The ACK Comics app isn't going to win any awards for design, but it has a very competent user interface nonetheless. Everything is marked clearly, and you don't have to hunt around the screen to find out how to navigate.
The design appears to take its cues from the Windows 8 UI, with large squared-off tiles and text links. It's very neat, if a little dull, and there's a bar of text links on top to let you drill down into different categories. You can also easily see categories like "Most Liked" and "Free Comics", which helps in case you didn't have something specific in mind.
Thanks to a simple design, browsing is fast and easy, and once you've found something you like, just tap it and you come to a page for that title, with information, a summary, and a download/ buy button. Most comics are either free or Rs. 60, with some being Rs. 120, all available as a one-click in-app purchase, unlike Amazon's Kindle or Comixology.

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