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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Comics and Tablets: Your Thoughts?

I've recently become interested in reading comics again.  I used to read them as a youngin', but sort of gave up on them for one reason or another (I used to collect all the trading cards from Marvel, too, and probably still have some floating around -- there's a box of comics somewhere in my closet).  But rather than jump in to whatever is going on right now, I want to read a lot of the backlist to get a sense of how things have progressed.  Understandably, that means doing so digitally (through the Marvel database, etc.), as trying to buy all those older comics would probably bankrupt me.

What I'm wondering is whether any of you have experience reading comics on any tablet.  I know there are a lot of different types out there, from the ASUS Transformer to the iPad to the Galaxy, but reviews can only go so far for me.  I need a bit more before I make that investment.

If you have read comics on a tablet, or at least have experience with one, let me know your thoughts about that particular device:  pros, cons, recommendations, etc.  I am partial to tablets that are connected to a vibrant app community, as reading comics will probably requiring the use of apps (PDF and CBR/CBZ readers).

Thanks!

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7 comments:

  1. I have a few graphic novels on my first gen Kindle Fire and they look amazing. That being said, I've also read a few on a friend's retina iPad and it was AH-MAZE-ING.

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    1. Well, I will never own anything by Apple, so that's out :P

      Care to elaborate on the Fire?

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  3. Ha ha, I also won't ever own anything by Apple, but the iPad is, unfortunately, the best comic reading experience to be had thus far. I'd look into the Samsung Galaxy tablets for an Android system tablet (Samsung is the closest to an iPad to date, in some ways even superior, in other ways not) and the Google Nexus tablets for the next best (and cheaper) option.

    Then look into the Android apps for COMICRACK and DROID COMIC VIEWER for the best CBZ/CBR/PDF readers. Plus check out the Wormworld Android app for one of the best original tablet comics out there.

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    1. Will do. I'll probably go for a walk to Bestbuy and what not tomorrow and just play around. Probably won't get anything until Christmas, by which time new tech will probably have hit the stores.

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  4. I have a blog post about exactly this topic: http://ogresfeathers.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/preliminary-observations-on-using-the-kindle-fire-to-read-comics/

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    1. Oh! Thank you, Aaron. That's very helpful :)

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