Summertime is pretty much the perfect time to indulge in reading your favorite genre or category of books. One popular these days is comic books, which make perfect sense to enjoy during your free days this summer as they are fun, addicting (for which you’ll have the time now!) and plentiful. In case you wanted any, we have plenty of recommendations for fantastic comics, including Saikat’s list of impressive HTML5 comics and comic blogs, as well as Angela’s roundup of worthwhile web comics.
Not only do we have some great recommendations, we also have a great resource to assist those who are unsure of where to get digital comic books. If that’s what you are also wondering, guess what? MUO has a thorough guide for you in the form of a free PDF manual, BAM! Your Guide To Digital Comic Books by Lachlan Roy.
For tablet-owning users, we have further goodies: recommendations to highly rated comic viewers, which you can use to read the great comics you encounter in the aforementioned articles, as well the online stores that we also briefly discuss.
There are many comic viewer apps for Android-powered smartphones, but how about a few for tablets? Komik Reader is a tablet-optimized app that lets you view your downloaded comics and manga. It might sound simple, but Komik Reader also includes lots of features that will make your comic-reading experience a lot smoother.
From multi-touch features to dual-spread pages, this app is obviously the work of someone who has used it and thus, improved it upon knowing potential and handy extras (probably from reader suggestions or the like) without the need for addons. At 779k, it’s a seriously lightweight application that still displays images (in my case, the screenshots are showing Flashback Universe) in crisp condition. This free, ad-supported viewer supports comic book compressed files like CBR and CBZ, and image directories. Find ads annoying or want to support the developer? The $1.99 version will delight you with no ads and basically let you send virtual hugs to the app’s creators.
For more tablet-optimized Android comic viewers, check out ComiQ and the open-source A Comic Viewer. For comics that are released straight from the publishers, check out the apps for Marvel Comics, ComiXology Comics (and the related DC Comics), and Archie Comics.
ComicBookLover for iPad, Free
Simon highlights this app specifically because it doesn’t just work on both Mac and iDevices. It actually works like iTunes (without the sluggishness) in that you can synchronize the content on your desktop ComicBookLover library with that of your iDevice. The desktop client also has some extremely useful tagging features to more easily organize your comics wherever you are. For the full review, check out the original ComicBookLover article on both the desktop client and the iPad app.
You can also check out this review of 8 (talk about comic book galore!) apps released by comic publishers. Each of these apps feature stores, like Marvel, where you can obtain the store’s official comics. Many of them have a few comics that are completely free. The 8 apps reviewed by Steve include:
- Comics By comiXology, which comes with 80 free comics,
- Marvel Comics, you know, the publishers of popular characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man (pictured above),
- iVerse Comics, with over 40 free comics,
- IDW Comics, with 10 free books,
- Transformers Comics, with 3 free books,
- Star Trek Comics, with 3 free titles (pictured above),
- G.I. Joe Comics, with 3 free titles as well, and
Archie Comics, with 4 free books.
Make sure to check out the original article with details on these 8 comic-viewing apps for the iPad.
For additional reader apps that can let you view comics, there’s the Kindle App for Android and iPad that recently made headlines for being updated to better support graphic-heavy books, and the Nook app for Android and iPad that also has comics and graphic novels for purchase (though there are some for free). Both are one-stop shops for many of your reading needs, whether it be for books, magazines, newspapers, and you guessed it, graphic-oriented books, like comic books.
Got any recommendations for tablet-friendly comic readers? We are all ears.
Image Credit: Screenshot from Flashback Universe Web Comics