Five Best Desktop Comic Book Readers

Reading paper comics is fun, but if you want to take a ton of great reads with you on your laptop, or read your favorite titles on your computer’s huge display, you need a solid comic reader. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.


ComicRack (Windows)

ComicRack is a free, feature-packed comic reader for Windows. It made the roundup the last time we looked at your favorite desktop comic readers, and it was a popular nominee this time around as well. The app supports and can export almost any comic book file, and also supports image viewing through ZIP, RAR, and 7z archives so you don’t have to unpack them first. The app has a customizable, three-paned interface to let you navigate through files and folders inside the app, browse your comics in one pane, and read pages in another. You can even full-screen the app to read in a more immersive view. Another feature that makes ComicRack stand out is that you can collect your favorite comics together in collections, pack them up as a CBZ file, and export the archive so its readable on other devices. ComicRack even allows you to share your comic library over your home network so you can go to another room and pick up where you left off.


SimpleComic (Mac)

SimpleComic is a free, simple option for OS X that’s easy to install, lightweight, and easy to use. If you’re looking for an incredibly simple comic reader that supports both windowed and full-screen comic views, this is your reader. The app scales your pages to the size of the window when not in full-screen, supports quick look in OS X, so you can peek through the comic before you settle in to read it, automatically saves your place when you stop reading, and more. The app also supports translation and other notes left in the metadata, and is completely open source. The app also supports just about any comic book archive format you can think of, along with ZIP, RAR, and 7z archives. You also get translation notes and text notes, and more. It’s also open source, so you can contribute and get involved with the project yourself at its GitHub page.

Those of you who nominated and supported the SimpleComic nomination pointed out that it’s a dead simple comic reader for Mac, with an easy to use interface, no bloat or unnecessary features. You also noted that the QuickLook plugin that lets you peek through the comic before you read it just by pressing the Space bar is an excellent feature, and the fact that the app has been largely functional and feature-strong for the past several years—without the temptation to add adware or bloat to the app—is a great thing. Read more in its nomination thread here.