For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found ten great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included five apps for reading PDFs, CBR and CBZ files for your digital comic book collection, as well as five virtual comic book store apps for those still building their digital comic book collection in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.
1. GoodReader for iPad ($4.99) While not technically a comic book app, GoodReader is a must-have for any comic book fan. There are plenty of comics that have been turned into PDF files on the Internet and GoodReader lets you download right from Web pages with simplicity. At PadGadget and everyone else in the world consider this app a “must” app for your iPad. With GoodReader on your iPad, you can read virtually anything. The app is perfect for your online comic experience. Soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad without GoodReader.
2. Comic Zeal Comic Reader ($7.99) This CBR and CBZ file reader is probably the best one in the App Store. The price might be a bit of a turn off but it is well worth every penny. For titles that have more than one issue, Comic Zeal puts them in a virtual box for you so that you can easily browse through your collection without getting overwhelmed. You can also put them in your own box. So, if you have a stack of unread comics, you can keep them all in one place and move them when you are ready. Anyone who reads digital comics at all will love this app.
3. CloudReaders, pdf, cbz, cbr (Free) The great thing about this app is the peer-to-peer transferring capabilities. Users can send comic files between devices and computers without having to physically hook them up. The peer-to-peer feature costs $2.99, but is worth it for people who don’t want to use file sharing in iTunes to get their comics. There is very little title organization and users cannot move files around at all. This can become cumbersome for those with a large comic collection. The basic bookshelf is free, however, so don’t expect too much.
4. Comic Viewer ($4.99) If you are looking for the functionality of Comic Zeal, but don’t want to pay the premium price, Comic Viewer is a close second. It has a lot of the same comic organization features and file compatibility as Comic Zeal. There are a few features missing, like a slower load time and no virtual boxes, but overall it is a great app. If you don’t want to pay the higher price of Comic Zeal, Comic Viewer will do just fine.
5. Comic Express Fast Reader ($0.99) The thing that makes this comic book reader is the speed at which one can download large quantities of comic files. It has a clean interface design that really makes the colors pop. Files will organize into titles automatically, but can also be manually organized. Comic Express is really the biggest bang for your buck. The price is low and the features are full. This is a solid, simple and good reader for your iPad comics.
For those of you that don’t already have a digital comic book collection, or don’t know where to get them, the following is a list of apps by distributors or virtual stores.
6. DC Comics (Free) No true comic fan should be without DC’s vast library of digital comics. This app is a virtual store where fanboys can get their fix without having to leave their house. Prices range from $3.99 or $2.99 for new releases to $0.99 for some of the older titles. There is a smattering of free first issues for you to try out. DC posts new comics every Wednesday, the same day the physical copies hit the street. DC has thrilled readers with fantastic tales for years and your iPad will benefit from decades of great content.
7. Marvel Comics (Free)This app is just like the DC Comics app except they make it much easier to find trade paperbacks (TPB). When a series is selected the TPBs are the first on the list. Buying your comics in this format is great for saving a few bucks off individual books. Marvel also posts digital comics on the same day that print copies are on sale. Marvel Comics have been a hot ticket item for years. Get ready to take the Marvel Universe with you anytime and anywhere!
8. Dark Horse Comics (Free) This app is the virtual store for the Dark Horse library. The best part about the way Dark Horse designed their app is the ‘browse” feature, which includes a “free comics” section so users don’t have to spend so much time trying to track down the freebies. Dark Horse offers cloud storage for space saving. They do not post new title the day they are released in print, but they have a vast collection of titles to keep comic fans happy.
9. Image Comics (Free) This app is your go-to for all of the Walking Dead titles, which I know you want because you just got into the TV show and now you want to know what the comic is all about. Image is full of the best creator-owned titles around. This app also includes a free section, which is enormous because the company offers nearly every one of their first issues in a series for free. This app is fully compatible with Comics by comiXology and the comics.comixology.com website.
10. Comics + (Free) This app has the biggest collection of independent comics around, as well as a few from the majors. Most titles range between $1.99 and $2.99, but there is also a huge collection of free first issues. Pick up titles from IDW, Arcana, Red 5, Top Cow, SLG and more. If you read more than just DC, Marvel and Dark Horse, which ever fanboy should, this is the app for you. Comics+ is a comic book store in your pocket! Get the best selection of titles available anywhere inside one app.
Notes: For additional information, check out the PadGadget Apps Tracker. Our tracker provides an easy way to constantly monitor the App Store to find the best iPad apps for you. If you loved these apps, be sure to check out our Weekly Series list of apps for the iPad.