Now armed with a bigger real estate thanks to my 9.7 inch Proline Jellybean Android Tablet (which Google says identifies as a Rockchip QPAD9700), reading digital comic books now becomes a more viable, and more importantly, more enjoyable reality.
But what to read? Well, thanks to Comixology, legally purchasing comic books is now a pretty simple affair, and their excellent guided view makes it hard to argue against what is probably king of the digital comic book experience right now. With such a great platform it is no wonder that both the Big Two approached them for their own distinctive online digital comics presence, meaning that you shouldn’t be alarmed when after installing the Comixology app, the DC Comics app, and the Marvel Comics app, you notice the interface pretty much exactly the same!
The ability to search through various filters, the animated, panel-by-panel guided view, the offline storage, and ease of purchase really makes Comixology a sure fire hit.
Of course, what to do if you buddy hands you a flash drive full of bundled .cbz and .cbr comic book scans? Well in the past I was rather fond of the ACV (A Comic Viewer) app, but have since switched to the far superior and extraordinarily good Komik android app.
Komik does an excellent job of managing a file library, dual page layouts, easy navigation and a clever zoom mechanism, making it one of the best comic/manga viewer currently in the market. Highly recommended.
So that should just about cover it when it comes to how to enjoy comic books on your shiny new Android tablet then!
An good little .cbr comic book archive reader for Android devices is Droid Comic Viewer (previously known as Android Comic Viewer), a free and full featured mobile comic book reader from the good folks over at Robot Comics.
It has all the normal stuff (as well as a few nice touchscreen niceties) that you would expect from a comic book reader, including:
- Opens CBZ/ZIP, ACV, CBR/RAR, JPEG, PNG and BMP files
- Left-to-right or right-to-left (manga) reading direction
- Use the touch screen and trackball to zoom, scroll and navigate
- 19 custom controls with 18 possible actions
- Various screen transition and image scaling modes
- Next and previous page cache: read comics without load interruptions
- Multi-language: English, French, German,Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish
It can easily be added to your Android device by a simple search and install on the term “Droid Comic Viewer” via the Android Market.
Related Link: http://www.robotcomics.net/android-comic-viewer/
An good little .cbr comic book archive reader for Ubuntu (or for any other Linux distro at that) is Comix, a lightweight and free image archive viewer by Pontus Ekberg, a computer science student from Sweden.
It has all the normal stuff (as well as a ton more) that you would expect from a comic book reader, including:
- Fullscreen mode.
- Double page mode.
- Fit image to window width, height or both.
- Rotation and mirroring.
- Magnifying glass.
- Image enhancements.
- Both left-to-right and right-to-left reading modes.
- Bookmarks support.
- Archive comments support.
- Archive editor.
- Comic book library.
- Reads most common image formats.
- Reads ZIP and tar archives natively, and RAR archives through the unrar program.
- Runs on Linux, *BSD and virtually any other UNIX-like OS.
It is easily added to your Ubuntu installation by a simple search and install on the term “comix” via your Ubuntu Software Center.
Related Link: http://comix.sourceforge.net/