How to Find and Read Comic E-Books Online

Jeffry Thurana 11-09-2008

Normal guys like me usually love comic books. I mean, come on, super powered babes in tight suits, which one of you guys could turn your eyes away from that? And as with everything else in our lives, comic books have also moved into e-territory – the computer and net. There are also web comics 5 Great WebComics you Should Read Read More .


While nothing can beat dead tree printed comicbooks during ‘morning rituals’, reading your friendly neighborhood heroes on-screen could also be nice. Doing it on the Mac makes everything even more nicer.

Searching the Sagas

Before reading, you must first obviously have the comic books. Here are a few ways to find the electronic version of your favorites.

1. Use torrents

There are many torrent portals out there, but if you are a Demonoid member you are lucky because they have a special section dedicated to comic books.

2. Use a search engine


Any of them – cough! Google! Cough! – will do, just use the search string

-inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” “Last modified” “Title” comics cbr.

Make sure that you change the “Title” into whatever title you are searching for. Additional note: ‘CBR’ is the common compression extension for electronic versions of comic books.

Other popular extensions are CBZ, ZIP, and RAR. Try changing the extensions during the search if you don’t find what you’re looking for.


3. Try online storage sites

The popularity of online storage services makes them ideal places to keep digital collections. Try searching inside some of them. If you want suggestions on lists of online storage sites, Make Use Of has covered many of them. Or better, use Rapidshare search engines.

4. IRC

This old chatting world has been and still is one of the best resources of any kind of files – comic books included. One caveat is that you have to know exactly where to look. I’m not an IRC expert so I can’t help too much on this. If you can share some knowledge, please use the comments below.


Viewing and Reading the Virtual Pages

Now comes the fun part – reading comic books online! As a Mac user, I can recommend a few reading programs which run under the Mac.

1. FFView

One of the favorite comic readers among Mac users.

comic reader for mac


2. Jomic

A Java based comic viewer. So it can run under other platforms as well. Just be sure to have Java 1.4 or later. But as with other Java apps, this one too can be a bit ‘heavy’ on older machines.

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3. Sequential 2

This one is an image viewer originally designed for opening a folder of images and displaying them in order.

How to Find and Read Comic E-Books Online sequentialnew

4. Simple Comic

This one is my personal favourite. I like the ability to view two pages of a comic. It makes you feel like you are reading the hardware version. Also the ability to get the sneak peek of pages using the thumbnail on the progress bar.

comic reader software

For Windows users, aside from Jomic, try Comic Rack. This app display your comic collection iTunes-style. I can’t seem to find any other better options – the same goes for Linux. But then again, maybe I didn’t search hard enough. So, does anybody have any better suggestions?

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  1. Jehangir
    December 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    CoView allows you to read comics almost in any format: it supports special comic file types such as CBR and CBZ, but also images stored in archives or simply saved in folders. You can browse through them and read just like you turn the pages of a real comic. The first key you need to know is F1, to open the menu, and then i, to change language.Press 8 for two-page layout.

    Coview extensions: cbr, cbz, rar, zip, bmp, jpg, gif, png, ico, dib, wmf.

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  2. mj
    August 16, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Comix is a great comic reader for Linux. It should be in the Ubuntu repositories.

  3. savindi
    June 13, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    i like a lot of comics -arechie.

  4. nayrnn
    April 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Well, you've at least answered my question about what is an E-Comic, as I haven't yet joined the paperless generation completely and still rather find my happy place with a real comic, with real panels drawn in, sans graphic novel format. But alas I'm a old fuddy duddy and past my prime.LOL! But I'm honestly debating if I should be insulted by your opening line and suggesting that only normal guys love comic books. Ya know with me being a girl and all.... I make no claims on normality.

    • Jeffry
      April 28, 2009 at 12:27 am

      The statement "Normal guys like me usually love comic books." doesn't suggest that only normal boys love comic books while normal girls don't. I've lots of girl 'buddies' (not using the word 'friends' here to avoid misintepretation) who just love reading comics.

      So, guess you're still within the boundary of 'normal'? LOL.

  5. Cujo
    November 9, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Picasa 3, by Google, has a super-sweet image viewer outside of their software. It basically replaces Windows Picture Viewer. Just double click on an image in Windows Explorer and a very spiffy interface pops up. Key features: left and right move to the next image in order, up and down zoom. Works like a charm and is only a small part of a spiffy image manager.

  6. Seru
    September 12, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I use Comic Book Lover. It's like iTunes for comic books.

  7. Manni
    September 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Great article! Thanks

  8. Famf
    September 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    How can you have an article on comics and not mention CDisplay or CDisplayEx?

    • Aibek
      September 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

  9. Avid
    September 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    CDisplay for example