Now that I have my very own iPad, I am going to post my thoughts on an app type that was the main reason for me getting an iPad in the first place - the comic reader apps. For more info on the concept of digital Comics, including formats, read the Wiki here. Digital Comics Comic scans could be bought from places like Amazon and Forbidden Planet (the ones at FP seem to be sadly withdrawn now) so perhaps eBay or other stockists. Iron Man : DVD Digital Comic Book Archives 1 - £15.86 : Forbidden Planet International, Your Online Entertainment Superstore for Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more Amazon.com: 40 Years of the X-Men: Software Of course, you can do your own as well, and more recently, Humble Bundles have appeared that are in PDF/CBZ/CBR formats. There are currently two types of Comic Reader. Those like Comic Zeal, Comic Glass etc which you use to read your own scans, and those like Comixology, DC and the Marvel apps that have a built in store. These comic readers all import via iTunes and are simply dragged and dropped via the File Sharing section of the Apps tab on your iPad. All of my reviews are carried out with about 90 comics, a mixture of CBR and CBZ's from the GitCorp scans I listed above. Many of these readers can also handle Manga, but I do not own any Manga in digital form at all, and even my original comics such as Akira or Mai the Pyshic Girl are westernised, and not the traditional right to left reading, therefore none of the reviews I have written take this into consideration. Dropbox Intergration Most readers also have intergration for Dropbox support - a free cloud based sharing application. Although the cbr/cbz file does not open within Dropbox, and comes up with a 'cannot open' message, clicking the button to the top right will allow you to 'open with' and then simply select your reader of choice. More details and screenshots here. CBR/CBZ Readers Reviewed I will make sure I review any reader again after any major updates and note it below. Reviews are in review date order, and if updated, the older review is removed so not to confuse things. ComicBookLover £Free Cloud Reader £Free Comic Book Reader £1.19 Comic Book Pad £5.99 ArcReader £Free Flatbox £2.39 Bookman £Free Comic Reader! £2.49 [6th Jan 2012] Comic Glass £1.99 [Updated 10th Jan 2012] Comic Express £0.69 [20th Jan 2012] Cover Flow £Free [26th Jan 2012] Comic Viewer £2.99 [31st Jan 2012] Comic Zeal £2.99 [Updated June 7th 2012] Sidebooks £free [21st August 2012] Comic Smash! £2.99 [V1.1 - 13th March 2013] Chunky Comic Reader £1.99 [V1.8 - April 2014] Store Readers Reviewed Comics (Comixology) £Free Digital Comics £Free Marvel £Free DC £Free Image £Free The Walking Dead £Free Commando £Free Other Comic Readers This is a list of Comic Readers that I am watching, and most likely will purchase and then review if they go on sale or if I get some 'free' cash through iTunes deals. There are also Stores such as Comics + (which used to be called iVerse), etc, but this a smaller publisher than Comixology and in most cases use the same underlying engine other than the store content. iComic Viewer HD [-]£5.99[/-] £6.99 iComic Viewer ComicKing £2.39 http://comicking.twbbs.org/ myComic £2.39 Aquafadas - iPhone Apps Comic Reader Mobi £Unavailable unless jailbroken Comic Reader Mobi for the iPhone, Windows Phones, and Blackberry Stanza £Free Stanza: a Revolution in Reading | Lexcycle GrassGames Comic Reader - £Free iComic - £0.69 Theydons Thoughts: April 2014 The following is a summary of all the comic viewers I have reviewed, and I will update these comments should a comic reader change as new readers are released. Comic Reader App Well its taken the best part of four years for me to change my views on who should be top of the Comic Readers - and now Comic Zeal has passed the crown to Chunky Comics. It has more of the required features that a Comic Viewer should have all wrapped up in a very easy to use frontend and brilliant engine that has pan assist and 2 page viewing. The importing via Dropbox or other cloud based storage is supurb and along with its other features and price, it's captured the top spot easily. The runners up in no particular order are: Comic Zeal, Comic Glass and Comic Viewer Comic Zeal has a brilliant front end and a supurb pan assisted engine, followed by Comic Viewer, with a brilliant front end and excellent reading engine with meta data options and Comic Glass with its huge amount of customisation and good reading engine and more detailed Managa options. Basically, if you are yet to upgrade from a freebie viewer, then please grab an iTunes voucher and pick up any of the ones I mention above, you will not be dissapointed with any of them. April 2014: Free readers are to be tested again shortly, but as Bookman (the previous best freebie) has become a paid app, then Sidebooks looks to be the best choice. I will expand on this section shortly. Comic Store App For a store based solution, Comics by Comixology is the clear winner, having all the comics that are available in the seperate Marvel or DC apps under one roof. With over 10,000 comics and regular weekly updates adding around 300 comics per week, this years addition of the Monday Marvel Sales and now retina display for those of you with the iPad 3 there is nothing else to touch it. Comic App Creator Info A heads up to anyone that is making a comic reader app, please make sure that your app can manually collate comics. By this I mean move and edit folders manually including renaming them - for instance the ability to merge Iron Man comics and Tales of Suspense comics into one folder called Iron Man. Ideally, there should be an automatic import into folders as well for all like named comics. The use of comic images rather than bland or non existent icons is a massive bonus, as well as either comic boxes or shelving for the presentation of your collection, as this makes a huge difference - who wants to look at a windows explorer type list of comics when they could emulate flicking through the shelves of a dark comic book store? Add extra features such as side swiping to take you to the next box of comics, or comic streaming from a server (think AirVideo for Comics), make sure you have the ability to custom zoom (and retain these settings) or automatic fit to width in either portrait or landscape modes, preferably with the ability for a two page spread as well. The reason why this is so important is that a comic is slightly larger than an iPad, so you want the maximum viewing experience and fit to width rather than fit to height dimensions make this easier on the eye. Get these few points correct, and you will have the app that people should be buying. If you want my opinion, then create an app based on something like this: Auto import to folders based on the title names (but allow moving as required) Have an friendly GUI such as a bookcase view or shelves with comic boxes and large image thumbnails Have a fit to width or custom zoom modes that are kept on page transition Double comic page spread or fit to width options in landscape Customisable RSS comic feeds Proper Dropbox (or other cloud services) support within the app, and the ability to have multiple imports Contextual wiki links to series, title, character, artist etc based on comics I have in the app. Not much then!