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Droid Comic Viewer is an e-reader that goes the distance

by Tim McLain

Comic book fans will do just about anything to take their favorite titles with them on the road. Droid Comic Viewer (also known as ACV) offers a light, barebones app that does exactly what its name implies: Users can load comics, manga and image files directly into folders on the root directory of their phone's SD card, and view them on-screen.

Diehard readers will, no doubt, already have dozens of CBZ/ZIP, ACV, CBR/RAR, JPEG, PNG and BMP files at the ready, which the app handles natively. Just load 'em up, launch the app, and away you go.

With simple touchscreen reading and zooming controls, the ability to swap to left-to-right and right-to-left (manga) reading direction, more than a dozen custom control tweaks available and auto-bookmarking, it's no wonder more than 250,000 Android users have downloaded this popular app.

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If you're on the hunt for fresh content, the app provides a direct link to the marketplace, auto-displaying a long list of supported content files from Robot Comics, most of which are available free of charge or for 99 cents each. Just tap an entry, download it to your phone, and the app does the rest.

The icing on the cake: sharing. With one click, the app allows you to share the current screen with all major social media outlets, email and more.

Be sure to conduct some Google searches for your favorite comics, and include CBZ/ZIP, ACV and CBR/RAR in your search terms. The Internet is home to dozens of message boards and other sites that allow you to download back issues directly to your computer. Moving them onto your phone is a snap using a USB cable. Enjoy!