Best CBR Reader iPad and Comic Book Reader Apps for iPad, iPad Mini & iPhone
Looking for the best CBR reader iPad experience? How about the CBR reader with the most settings, features and file format support on the iTunes App Store? Here is our ultimate guide for getting the best comic book reader experience on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch including screenshots, videos and more.
You simply can’t go wrong with reading digital comics on the iPad. Whether the latest in high definition Retina display (my preferred reading device) or the convenience of the iPhone or iPad Mini, there are numerous comic reading choices – but not all are among the best apps.
Comic Zeal Comic Reader
Considered by many to be the best CBR reader iPad app for iOS with quick response times, a plethora of viewing options and ability to customize and organize collection on the device with a unique slider mechanism. List and Grid views, Search, Tags and solid Settings give you the feel of control without cumbersome over-complication. The only drawback: although this app contains links to comic resources, it does not include a store for modern day content. Reading and organizing your comics is enjoyable and I find when when reviewing other comic book readers, this is the app that I compare all others to.
Comics by comiXology
If you are looking for the best-all-in-one comic book reader app with the broadest integrated comic store selection on iPad, iPhone (and even Kindle, Android and the web), then you need to download Comics by Comixology. A leader in digital comics experiences, including PullList, and helping to pioneer the launch of Marvel and DC Comics on iOS – comiXology is on the cutting edge and always expanding an ever growing catalog. Comics by comiXology delivers on the simple, but powerful idea of buying once and reading wherever you want. Who isn’t comiXology for? Maybe the most militant owner of a personally scanned library because there is no option to integrate a personal collection with a comiXology account. For virtually anyone else, this app should be at the top of your list, no matter your preferred reading device or platform. See Full Review
Manga Rock 2
The most impressive aspect of Manga Rock 2 is the fine craftsmanship and attention to detail in the interface. Although organized differently than other comic or manga reader apps, I found it very easy to navigate, seamlessly responsive to gestures and optimized for either orientation. This is most apparent in regards to advertising: the ads and upsell to the full version reader are beautifully integrated. While the image quality may vary, images are not blurry and fuzzy on Retina even if they are not high quality – the display does a great job of softening – see below for some screenshots. I personally use the service to sample different manga to purchase and with content available in up to 7 different native languages, there is bound to much of interest to manga fans.
iBooks Comics & Graphic Novels
If you are looking for a natively integrated iTunes-like comic and graphic reading experience, then look no further than iBooks. The store experience is as seamless as iTunes on your computer, iPhone or iPad and the ability to sample is well integrated – similar to Amazon or Kindle Fire content. While the selection is not as deep – typically limited to popular graphic novel releases for major publishers Marvel and DC – there is a wider selection of independents. A great bonus is the cross function between devices – picking up where you left off on your iPhone and reading on the iPad. One note on interface style: iBooks uses the Book page metaphor and styling, so you will experience “page flips” and see “page creases” on double page spreads which may not be your preference, especially on smaller iPhone screens.
Powered by the Comics by comiXology platform, this Marvel Entertainment comic book reader app focuses on your favorites like the Avengers, Wolverine, X-Men and Spider-Man. Comics by comiXology is a top in class comic book reader app with a deep Marvel catalog that grows each week, including $0.99 promotions, typically featured on Monday and Friday. Since the Marvel Comics app is powered by one of the first digital comics services on iPad, each feature and update is builds upon an app that was already groundbreaking – see here for a full review on Comics by comiXology. All Marvel Digital Comics Store purchases, whether on the web or Marvel Comics app on iPad, iPhone, Kindle or Android will sync across your devices. If you are a Marvel Zombie, this app is at the top of your list.
Based on the Comics by comiXology app, this DC Entertainment centric app tailors a best in breed app with a focus on your favorites like the Batman, Superman and Justice League. Based on the ComiXology platform, DC Comics is the best all-around comic book reader app and widest integrated comic book store. A market leader, comiXology was one of the first to launch digital comics on tablets including iPad and Kindle. With an ever growing catalog of DC content, you will be able to read your favorites from device to device. On iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone, there is no better DC Comics reading and purchasing experience.
Kindle App for iOS
Read a good selection of favorite graphic novels and comics available from the Amazon Kindle Store on your iPad with the Kindle App – No Kindle device required. The Kindle Store is more than just DC graphic novels – the store now includes Marvel, independents and is expanding to include monthly periodicals. If you are already a heavy amazon customer, then the news is even better: access all of your Kindle content from the cloud and read from device to device without missing a beat. Kindle Comics and Graphic Novels include a panel viewing technology that focuses on the panel within the layout of the page opposed to comiXology’s Guided View technology which treats panels more like a storyboard. So why not 5 stars? The catalog is just now getting broader and landscape viewing still is not supported – these can be minor points for most and a bit of an inconvenience for others.
Comic Book Reader Apps Not Yet Reviewed
Keep tuned for more reviews, but in the meantime, here are apps we will be taking a closer look at and recommend you do the same. Have a favorite or one you would like us to tackle next? Contact Us or let us know in the comments.
An extension of ComicBookLover for Mac OS X, ComicBookLover for iPad lets you transfer digital comics through iTunes File Sharing or using ComicBookLover Sync. Other transfer methods include FTP, WebDAV, Box, Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive. ComicBookLover supports the top most popular digital comic formats: CBR, CBZ and PDF across iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone.
Comic Glass lets you transfer CBZ, CBR and PDF digital comic and manga formats (referred to on iTunes and Comic Glass Help as “viewing zip-files without decompressing”) to iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Comic Glass supports three transfer methods: iTunes File Sharing, Wireless WiFi sharing through Web Sharing, HTTP Server or HTTPD and over USB with a third party application.
CloudReaders is a digital comic book reader optimized for iPad with support for iPhone and iPod Touch. The app supports the top comic formats (PDF, CBZ and CBR) and a whole host of other media formats, including: ZIP, MOV, MP3, M4V, MP4 and 3GP. iTunes File Transfer is supported, but you will need to purchase the P2P File Transfer feature via Bluetooth from within the app.
Comic Reader Mobi includes support for ZIP, RAR, CBR and CBZ comic book file formats and can stream comics from a WebDAV server. Other comic viewing and image features include: draggable autosizing lens for zooming, automatic bookmarking and image fit by width, height, best fit or stretch.
Comic Viewer allow you two ways to add digital comics: an integrated web browser experience to search free comic archives and via USB through iTunes File Sharing. Comic Viewer supports a number of digital comic book and image formats including: CBZ, CBR, ZIP, RAR, PNG, JPEG and GIF, but no support is listed for the popular PDF format.
Comic Flow is an open-source comic book reader for iPad with support the three major digital comic book file formats: CBR, CBZ and PDF. It appears Comic Flow recently removed support for WebDAV, so there are two ways to transfer: iTunes File Sharing via USB or Web Server over WiFi, which will require an In-App purchase for unlimited transfers and use.
GoodReader is the most robust PDF viewer and also handles quite a few random image formats, but unfortunately not CBR or CBZ files. GoodReader offers Auto Sync to quickly manage your files and folders over DropBox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, box.net, WebDAV, SMP, FTP or SFTP server.
Comics Reader Pro
NOOK by Barnes & Noble
Star Trek Comics
G.I. Joe Comics
Dark Horse Comics
The Walking Dead
Comics + Kids
Madefire Digital Comics
Comics Apps on iTunes
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- Comic Book Reader Guy
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