I decided to see if I could find out how to read comic book scans on my iPhone. First stop: see if there is a comic book reader iPhone app that does the trick...hopefully an iPhone app that can read cbr cbz and pdf comic book scans. A Google search brought up a couple candidates, but they're hacks that require you to "jailbreak" your iPhone (in other words, hacking the iphone software and reprogramming it yourself). Look...I just spent a good chunk of change on this pretty gizmo...I'm not interested in "cracking" it! Nope...not going THAT route.
Good idea, but when I viewed the comic pages on the iPhone, I found them to have been magically degraded in resolution...so much that images were too blurry to comfortably read. What gives? Turns out that the iPhone automatically "optimizes" (=ruins) the images when you import them. No workaround for this yet.
PDF files don't get degraded when you import them into your iPhone, but the iPhone needs a native PDF reader even more than it needs a comic book reader application. The only way to get a PDF file into your iPhone right now is to email it to yourself and read it as an attachment. I don't want to wait for a 35Mb download over the iPhone's bandwidth. Not a viable solution IMHO.
All of the images above are panels from Foxy Fagan #1, imported into the iPhone by the last method I described.
I'm sure there's gotta be a better way... if any of you readers have any suggestions on how to read comics on an iPhone, I'd love to hear about them in the comments section!
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for regular updates to the
iPhone comic-app scene.
how to read comics on your iPhone,
check out the following links:
- Comic Book Reader for iPhone discussion on MacRumors
- iPhone to Ride the Manga Wave in Japan
- iPhone Comic Reader
- Animated comic reader coming to iPhone
- Comic books galore on iPhone and iPod touch
- Use your iPhone as a Comic Book Reader
- Comic Books coming to your iPhone 3G
- iPhone: Your New Comic Shop?
- New Comic Books Release List on iPhone
- iPhone Manga Converter
- Reuters Article about Reading Comics on the new iPhone
- British Comic Books for iPhone
- Manga reader for Japanese iPod/iPhone
- Use your iPhone/iPod Touch as portable manga reader
- More about iComic Comic Book App for iPhone Jailbreak
- pretty as a picture: WOWIO ebooks on the iPhone
- jComix Comic Book Reader Jailbreak
- iPhone Hacking Terms Explained
- iPhone Comic Book Reader link-o-rama