DC has also set up its own all-you-can read subscription service with DC Universe. Not only does DC Universe offer a wide selection of comics from its catalog, but the app also allows you to stream animated series, movies, and live action adaptations of DC's many comic characters. And that's the bigger draw, to be honest, as the library of comics that you can stream or download for reading isn't as extensive as competing offerings from Comixology or Marvel.
Alternatively, why spend money on a digital storefront or subscription service if your local library has access to digital comics in its collection? Libby is the latest incarnation of Overdrive's popular digital media management system, allowing users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks, and yes, digital comics in supported formats from participating libraries. Simply sign in with your library card and then you can browse your library's digital media collection, allowing you to search for titles, set holds, borrow ebooks and audiobooks with a tap. You're also able to return or extend a lend just as easily. You can preview books from the app, downloading borrowed titles or stream them to your phone or tablet if you prefer to save space.
Chunky is a free and feature-packed comics option for the iPad. On the technical side, Chunky supports CBR, CBZ and PDF comics, as well as metadata tags from ComicRack and ComicBookLover. A smart upscaling mode does its best to render even low-res files as crisp as possible, while multiple view modes (single page, two page and right to left) let you read how you like. There's even an auto-contrast/tint fix to adjust for faded comic scans. The app can download comics from your cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, straight into the app's self-organizing library. Plus, a parental lock allows you to flag and hide titles behind password protection. It's a fantastic free package whose only fault is a lack of iPhone support. 2b1af7f3a8