The Best iPad Comic App: Chunky Comic Reader

I had an app on my iPad that worked just fine for reading comics, but after a recent upgrade that promised cool new features but broke a number of previous ones, I found myself looking for a new option. My requirements were simple, I thought:

Chunky Comic Reader app icon

  • The ability to view CBR and PDF files in one app (since I get both kinds as review copies)
  • The ability to import from Dropbox directly in the app (since that’s my preferred transfer method)
  • The ability to read left-to-right or right-to-left (with manga)
  • It would be nice if it were free, since that let me try out functionality without commitment

It wasn’t so easy to find all those in one app, though. After reading a bunch of sites and trying out a few, I did find a great app that gave me everything I was looking for, plus more new features that I didn’t expect (like faster downloads and automatic title sorting). That was the Chunky Comic Reader. Silly name and icon aside, it’s got great performance and does exactly what I wanted. There are more details at the app website.

Turns out that I was lucky, since Chunky wasn’t free until a couple of months ago, when version 2.0 was released (and let’s here it for an app that’s still got active development and support ongoing). Now, if you want to contribute to the developer, there’s a pro upgrade (reviewed here).

8 Responses to “The Best iPad Comic App: Chunky Comic Reader”

  1. Urs Says:

    no android support. breakin’ my heart )':

  2. Johanna Says:

    To be fair, I did say it was an iPad app. And while I have an Android phone, I do think that the iPad gives the best possible experience of all the tablets.

  3. Anthony Says:

    I use Perfect Viewer on my Android tablet as a comic reading app.

  4. pallas Says:

    I think Perfect Reader is probably the best on android. (and free) On IOS Chunky and Comic Glass are the best. I find myself using Comic Glass over Chunky because it transfers files quicker using SMB networking than Chunky does. (No idea if it supports dropbox, but it’s SMB support seems to work better than Chunky’s)

  5. Johanna Says:

    What’s SMB? That’s a new one to me.

  6. pallas Says:

    Oh SMB is just the name of the windows networking technology. It lets me wireless transfer from my desktop to my IPAD as long as they are both on the same wifi network.

  7. Johanna Says:

    Ah, I use Apple’s AirDrop for that.

  8. James Schee Says:

    Interesting. I’ve been using Calber but it has gotten wonky. There are files it won’t let me delete and freezes a lot. I’ll give this a try, see how it goes.




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