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Old 12-27-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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Comic Book / Graphic Novels: problems

There's an app in the App Store simply called "Comics" and according to reviews, it has some showstopper problems. Sometimes you cant download a comic book you just purchased. Other times and in such cases, you have to completely uninstall and re-download your entire collection to fix the bug. This sounds very half-baked to me and not something I want to get involved with. Not yet.

There are always the .CBR (Comic Book Reader) files you can find elsewhere on the Net. You can convert them to .MOBI format using an application called Calibre. Problem then, is that the images don't scale very well and you end up with tiny dialogue and text you can't read.

Any comic book types out there? How do you read?
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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Maybe this thread will help:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=157187
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Use Perfect Viewer, read in landscape mode. Problem solved.
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Old 12-28-2011, 07:26 PM   #4
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Use Perfect Viewer, read in landscape mode. Problem solved.
Thanks for the tip. Problem solved, indeed. This app is well worth the $3 donation. (I noticed the free versions I could sideload but they took forever to load the book and I suspected I could get better performance off of the full-fledged "Kindle App Store version." Sure enough.)
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I've been using ComiCat, love it. very usable interface, scans your device and builds a library, etc.

I've been very happy with it. Have read so far something like 30 comics using it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:47 PM   #7
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I haven't been able to find an APK of DailyStrip and I don't have the Android Market installed so that's not an option either. I did, however, buy Comicat, and I really like it over Perfect Viewer. The picture quality seems better, the gestures and zooming are better, and it's aimed at Comics so there's library functionality.
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My daughter has had a blast reading on the comixology app, I heard about problems downloading books and the like but I never ran into any (they may have been fixed before we gave her the fire for Christmas). Support for .cbr would be nice and all but she is young and I think frame by frame is just a superior reading experience than pinch and zoom on this size screen.

We got the device mainly for her to play games on, she loved playing them on the iphone but she has really warmed up to reading digital comics in the last two weeks. Mostly old school ones like Archie and Sabrina but she has also read Mouse Guard and Gwaii (I think its called Gwaii) and now asks for more comics at least as much, if not more so, than she does for new apps to play with. A pleasant unexpected surprise to be honest.

I doubt I will ever get her to read an actual book on the thing...but a comic is better than nothing and I have picked up her fire to read the Mouse Guard series as well, the frame by frame is actually pretty nice.

If it was just me...I would probably go with a .cbr reader and download free comics but for her the comixology app seems to work best. They have enough free comics (a few good ones mostly annoyingly incomplete "previews") to make it worth checking out as you don't actually have to set up anything it all works directly, and seamlessly, from the fire without having to set up an account with comixology.
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