How to Read Your Favorite Comic Books Online
Article Written By: Cassie from Culture Coverage
Any avid comic book collector knows the struggle of finding the space to store thousands of back issues in their home, and a handy solution comes in the form of digital content. Here are the best ways to read your favorite DC, Image and Marvel comics online, so you can easily sort through them on your mobile device or PC and save space around the house.
Free Comics Online
There are many dedicated sites that offer free comic book downloads, that allow users to flip through image galleries that feature each page of the comic. Very rarely do these types of sites allow you to download a full PDF or set of images to your device, so you have to be connected to the internet at all times.
The only issue with this is that there might actually be copyright issues involved, so make sure that what you’re looking at isn’t technically stolen. Comic book publishers have a tough time as it is, so legitimate methods are always preferred to keep your favorite artists at work.
Buy Online Comic Books
You have more flexibility and a greater choice when your purchase comics through sites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble. You are given the option to download the titles to your e-book reader, smartphone, tablet or PC – so you can read them anytime regardless of whether or not you’re connected to the internet.
Subscription services like Kindle Unlimited are another great option if you’re an avid comic book reader. For a small monthly fee (Kindle Unlimited and Scribd both cost $9.99 per month), you can download unlimited e-books to your mobile devices. If you plan to buy more than five new comic books a month, then this type of subscription service is easily your best option.
Some publishers offer users the convenient option of accessing comic books via mobile apps. A great example is Marvel Unlimited, which provides users with free access to over 17,000 comics from over the last 70 years. The most recent comics on the app normally date back about five months, so if you want the latest new releases, there are other apps that allow you to buy the latest releases.
For new releases, check out Comixology from Amazon. Its library is always up to date with the newest comics from the biggest publishers, so you don’t have to worry about going to your local comic book store on release day to find out if the latest issue of your favorite comic is available. You can find graphic novels and indie comics along with titles from big name publishers like Marvel, DC and Image. Users can take a look at previews of the comics before buying them, and they can download them straight to their smartphones or tablets.
Bypass Geo Restrictions
When purchasing comics online from services like Amazon and Comixology, you may find that geo-restrictions come into play. Geo-restrictions are rules that potentially limit where comics can be distributed. So, new releases for some of your favorite comics – or, even a new publication you’ve been hearing about – may not be available for download or purchase where you live.
While it can be a big inconvenience, there is a simple way to get around these restrictions using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This technology provides you with a remote connection to mask your IP address, hiding your location. You can also use a VPN to change your location altogether, so you can pretend you’re in Japan to download the latest issues of your favorite manga collections. This VPN review from Secure Thoughts should help you find one that suits your needs.
There are plenty of ways to read your favorite comic books online. The digital world provides a wide range of options that are both convenient and affordable, so give them try before you panic over finding room for comics
Do you have any other thoughts on reading comics online. Do you use any other methods? Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think.
Cassie is a tech blogger for Culture Coverage, and she’s a huge fan of anything and everything that comes out of the Marvel Universe. Follow her on Twitter @cassie_culture to keep up with her thoughts on the latest superhero film, TV and comic book releases.