Here is a list of 5 best free comic book reader apps for iPhone. Using these apps, you can easily read all your favorite comic books of different formats like CBR, CBZ, PDF, etc. right on iPhone. For all the comics lovers like me, it is very important to have a perfect app for reading comic books on iPhone (or Android) as most of the time we spent are on smartphones. There are literally dozens of comic reader apps available for iPhone but most of them are paid or limited. But, I have dug up 5 of the best free iPhone apps to read comic books which don’t cost you a penny for reading comic books.
Some of these apps also allow you to import comic files from various cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and more. One of these apps named, “Comic Book Reader” also lets you import comics from various network services such as FTP, SFTP, etc.
So, let us get started with the comic reader apps for iPhone.
Comic Book Reader is probably one of the best apps for iPhone which allow you to read comics seamlessly. It supports various comic formats like CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT and also archives like RAR, 7Z, ZIP, TAR, etc. You can either import comics from your iPhone storage, photo album, or various cloud storage including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, etc. Apart from that, it also lets you use various network services like FTP, SFTP, SMB, and more to import and read comics. The best part is that you can directly open the files from all these network services and cloud storage.
It also lets you choose different page layouts (single page, double pages, and also double pages with comic cover), apply comic effects (monochrome, color controls, and sepia), adjust screen brightness of the reader, rotation lock, bookmark pages, and more. Some of the unique features of this app are auto recovery of non-standard or bad files, auto page scaling, import comics from other apps, etc. At last, the elegant design and faster (user-friendly) navigation of this app makes it a perfect reader for comics.
Just like Comic Book Reader above, iComix is also a free iPhone app to reader comic books. The supported file formats are limited to CBR and CBZ only which you can import from the following cloud services: Pogoplug, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and Box. You can easily connect all these services and download all the comics to read them using this free comic reader app. Apart from that, you can also import comics from other similar apps using the “Share” option or use iTunes on your PC to add comic files to this app. You can then simply open the comic files and read them using iComix reader.
The user interface offers two different themes (bright and dark) which are perfect for reading comics in daylight and at night, without straining your eyes. You can also select the page turn style (either as Stacked or Scroll), choose page background color (as light, dark, or dynamic), and choose a landscape mode for the reader (1 page and 2 pages). It doesn’t support any network services like FTP, SFTP, etc. from which you cab transfer comics files, but if you generally use cloud services to store your comics then this app is for you.
CloudReaders is another useful comic reader app for iPhone using which you can read comic books right on your iPhone. You can import comics of CBZ, PDF, CBR, ZIP, and RAR file formats to this app for reading. It lets you import comics using the “File Transfer” feature of iTunes, transfer comic files over Wifi via the default ComicReaders URL, or you can open up comic books on this app from other external apps.
It lets you easily switch between two different view mode i.e. left to right and right to left, whichever you feel is perfect while reading comics. You can also add tags to comic books for organizing them in a better way. The interface is pretty elegant and lets you read comics in fullscreen mode as well. One of the unique features of this app is that it lets you annotate on comics and then share them with others. But, in order to use the annotation feature, you would need to install neu.Notes+ app first on your iPhone.
Reader is another simple app which lets you read comic books as well as magazines. It allows you to read any comic files in either PDF, CBZ or CBR formats. You can only import comic books using iTunes or open them from external apps or similar comic reader apps. However, if you’ve any cloud storage app installed on your iPhone, then you can open up the comic books from the cloud storage to Reader app. While reading comic books, you can also bookmark pages, add notes to pages, view grid content to switch to any page you want, and change the page transition either as vertical or horizontal.
One of the unique features of this app is that while reading a comic book if you go back or close the app, then it will automatically save your last read and you can start directly from where you left without any need to scroll through pages. You can also add notes and then share the comic books with others via WhatsApp, Email, etc. This app is perfect for reading Marvel’s and DC comics as it supports the standard comic file formats CBR and CBZ.
GrassGames’ Comic Reader is one of the simplest comic reader apps for iPhone. You can use this app to read your favorite comic books on your iPhone. Currently, it supports CBR, CBZ, and PDF comic file formats which you can import to this app via iTunes. You can simply open up iTunes on your PC and then go to the app section to add comic files to this app. Once you do that, you can start reading them on iPhone.
It also offers a few customization options like you can change the reader screen brightness, fit pages to the screen, lock/unlock page rotation while reading in portrait or landscape mode, etc. Unlike other similar apps, it doesn’t have any option to change the page transition style which I think is pretty important for comics lovers. Otherwise, the app is great for reading comic books.
My Final Verdict:
If you’re looking for apps to read all your favorite comic books on your iPhone, then you can start using any of these apps right away. Personally, I like Comic Book Reader as it comes with an intuitive interface and also allows you to import comic files from cloud services and network services. That means no matter where you have stored your comic books you can always use this app to import and read them on iPhone.