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Comics on Kindle: are they readable?

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Initial post: Nov 6, 2012 8:33:02 AM PST
M. Gundelach says:
Ok guys, so I have a normal Kindle of 6'' screen that I bought last year, and want to know if comic books made for Kindle are actually readable on it.

I read the reviews on some Dilbert books that have collections of strips, and it seems there's always at least one customer complaining how the fonts are tiny and unreadable in their Kindle.

Since paperback and Kindle versions all share the same reviews from customers, I cannot be sure whether the people that give good reviews read it on a Kindle or in paperback version, thus I can't be sure if it will be ok for my Kindle.

Can anyone here help me know this for sure?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 8:36:07 AM PST
Honestly? I have a few comic books on my 1st generation Fire and I was not impressed. It IS readable, but not ideal at all. Just my opinion. My 7 year old son also just likes the feel of a paper comic book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 8:36:22 AM PST
MommaCat says:
Not for sure. But my spidey sense tells me that comics are color and the basic kindle is black and white. Doesn't sound good to me. Font-wise, you can enlarge it. That's good right?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2012 8:39:36 AM PST
Fuzzy says:
You can always download a sample (if available) or buy the Kindle comic and if it does not meet your standards you can return it for a full refund within 7 days.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 8:49:49 AM PST
M. Gundelach says:
Thanks for all your replies, guys!

MommaCat, I don't think the font can be enlarged in comics such as Dilbert, but maybe for other types of comic books it would work (such as Spider-Man and so on)... I'll think about it!

Chief, many thanks for that information! I started using my Kindle only since last month (couldn't get to it before, long story...) and didn't know I could return it with refund. I'll do that right away!

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 9:41:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2012 9:44:53 AM PST
I seem to recall that one of the features in the Kindle device updates was an upgrade to how comics (in a specific file format, anyway) can be read: one panel at a time, or "panel view". Obviously this works better for some comics than others, and if it's in PDF format it won't work at all.

I'm not sure which models got the update. "Panel view" is mentioned on some of the current generation Kindle product pages, but if you have an older one, like a Gen 2, it's pretty much a guarantee it didn't...sorry. The ones I'm not sure of at the moment are the Kindle Keyboard and the 1st Gen Fire... but I seem to recall that the KK did get panel view in the last software update.

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 4:07:32 AM PST
M. Gundelach says:
Yeah... I bought the Dilbert comic yesterday, and after some pages I asked for return+refund. The comics don't look good at all in my Kindle. If only the cartoons themselves were bad in resolution I could still accept it, but the text is really hard to read as well.

Thanks for your reply, C.J. Mitchell. I don't think my Kindle model is too old, but I don't know how to tell anyway. It looks exactly like the one announced for 69$ now here in Amazon, except it's silver finished. But maybe it's the comic book maker's fault for those problems. It doesn't look like they have done anything special to make it more readable in Kindle, because they don't announce it in the book description.

It's a shame anyway, because I was looking forward to get some comics...
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