How does /a/ manga?
Surely you don't damage your eyes by staring at a bright screen all day, right? Haven't you moved on to e-ink already?
> eyes that developed in the vast expanses of equatorial africa
>can't handle looking at a dim LED monitor
But seriously, I only read manga when I am scanlating, so no need for anything more than one of my portrait monitors.
I do, but it really only is good for completed series or series that have a massive amount of chapters out like Vagabond or Berserk.
Because I'm not gonna put the weekly/monthly release chapters on it just to read those. I do those on PC just fine. It's great to dump a completed series like Homunculus or SBR on it and read in bed.
The only downside I find is that I have to go flick through every volume I've read on my PC in thumbnail view just to make sure there weren't any color pages, if their were I have a look at them.
Kobo Aura HD.
6.8" WXGA+ Pearl E Ink Screen
265 dpi, 1440 x 1080 resolution
hard to find something with a screen this big and nice for manga
Nexus 7 with perfect viewer. I tend to only read completed manga I can download in bulk.
I also occasionally buy the books. And then proceed to read them on my nexus 7 because it is more convenient.
I use the .cbz format.
this just stands for ComicBook Zip - it is effectively a .zip file with a renamed extension. you can also use .cbr for ComicBook Rar.
All you need to make it is to zip up a folder containing all of the images for the manga volume in alphabetical order (which they hopefully should be anyway), and rename it to whatever.cbz (make sure you have file extensions visible if you use winblows). I batch converted mine using a simple bash script - it is quite easy.
From there I use Calibre to manage my collection. My kobo is compatible with the .cbz format, but if yours doesn't then calibre should auto convert to a compatible format before copying to your device.
Hope this helps
That's much easier than what I'd been doing.
>What is the point exactly? Is your device incapable of reading unarchived images?
>Or you know, folders. Zipping images is pointless.
Why do PDFs not have a separate file for each page?
You seem to misunderstand the purpose of this. The device in question is for the purpose of reading a -virtual book-. For this it need some way to tell what is part of a book and not - you need to treat each set of images as an 'object' which is basically what concept of a single file was invented for.
Not to mention that the process is completely reversible and the files take up less space
glad I could help
I have no idea what you are talking about.
Also compressing a bunch of jpg's doesn't decrease the file size. Try it out for yourself.
animebytes or bakabt or I guess sometimes nyaa. Just anywhere that would have a completed series.
This is what i've been doing too, but it's still quite a pain compared to tablets able to read directly loose images or use specific apps.
For reading on ebooks (i'm using one currently) you still have to
>download zipped chapters/download pages and zip them (this isn't that bothersome or time consuming)
>convert them (i'm using KCC and while it works it takes quite some time)
>hope nothing got fucked up
>place them in your ebook through Calibre
Unless there is a faster/smoother tool than KCC i'm missing out, that takes quite some time/work, so it's ok when you want to read a lot (like starting/catching up with a serie and you have a lot of volumes to read in a row), but for weekly/few chapters takes more time to get the files in your ebook than actually read them on the pc.
If you're using a kindle I wouldn't bother with using calibre
Just run the zip/rar files through KCC with manga mode and the image quality settings you like and dump them in the "documents" folder on your kindle when you connect it as a usb drive.
I still use calibre to convert the odd epub->azw for actual books though.
I'll give this a shot. Sounds like a good idea in practice. I just wish it was backed up by an ambient light sensor, they really should make those standard for all screen now.
I try to do no more than 5 volumes at a time, that takes it about 30-40 minutes, instead of just dumping an entire 24 volume series on the job list, small batches may be a bit tedious since I have to keep adding them to the list but it makes the wait periods incredibly bearable.
Sorry if I just haven't understood what you've said, but does this mean that you can just take the .zip/.rar archive, rename it with a .cbz/.cbr extension and drop it straight onto the device? Or is there any other steps required, converting and such? Because it's all the hassle that's put me off getting a reader for so long with regards to manga.
a zip file doesn't imply compression, although that is a common use. a zip file is simply a container, just like tarballs before them.
containers were developed as a way to represent folders across many platforms, not as a way to ensure that the data was compressed, although that was a nice thing to do if you had CPUs powerful enough for the consequent inflation, the time needed to process such things, and no file-access time/performance concerns about the data in question, along with a dataset that can be compressed further.
For the use in this thread, think of ZIP and CBZ as synonymous with 'folder' or 'directory', and you'll have a better understanding of their use of the word.
The point of Zipping is the you could transfer the whole chapter/volumes in on file instead of per page. With windows 7 and before, don't know about w8, the more files you transfer the slower the transfer goes.
I understood that part, I was questioning whether you then have to take any further steps or just load the renamed file onto the device and you're good to go. Mostly since it seems like a pain in the arse on the Kindle, having to use things such as KCC and such.
copying and pasting like you would with a flash drive is fine on my kobo. but for more advanced metadata management (very useful for me since i sort my manga into volumes, so there are a lot of them for a single series!) I would definitely recommend calibre.
not so sure about amazon swindles
read this before considering buying one http://www.defectivebydesign.org/amazon-kindle-swindle
acdsee pro 8
that said >>108851083
e ink display resolutions are not there yet.
i put ikamusume as a test manga on both a kindle and a nook, the shit was not readable half the time, and the other half was only readable because i knew what it said.
that said, there is a 10+ inch sony e reader that kicks fucking ass, also that kobo hd may be good enough too... but it was 300$ and 1grand or more for the sony one apposed to 30$ for my nook.
>it was 300$
I got mine as-new for just over 200 of my poverty NZD, or new on amazon (their competitors website, lel) for US$180
you are right though, I can't wait till A4 sized ereaders are affordable.. I will buy the shit out of them, use them for second PC monitor as well as full paper replacement.
Fuck yes, my nigger.
there is no demand of large form e readers though, thats the sad part...
there also isnt a demand for color e readers even though they are amazing.
large and color will likely forever remain a specialty item as more people would rather just have a tablet than a larger e reader.
So, i've tried this - just dropping the .zip in the Kobo drive.
It works (and Calibre actually recognize it as CBZ/CBR), but KCC on top of the conversion had the "manga mode" and trimming of borders that make the readability much better (both for normal pages, which fits better the screen, and for spreads, which are tilted by 90°).
Question is, there's a tool for applying such adjustments (trimming borders, tilting spread pages) to a bunch of scans without KCC file conversion (which is superflous if the ebook can handle a simple .zip/.rar file)?
>Kobo Aura HD.
How long does it take to turn a page? Interested in getting one but have read a couple of things about it taking an annoying amount of time to display the next page.
Exactly the device I use. Replaced the stock firmware with Cyanogenmod and use Manga Watcher as my reader, works great. I've tried on various e-ink devices but generally the small screen size and low contrast and resolution made it a poor experience for me. The HD+ has just enough screen size and resolution to be a significant step up over my old method of simply using my computer monitor, which I didn't consider the e-readers to be.
Though I haven't tried on any of the premium e-readers like the Kobo Aura HD or whatever, might be different there.
I stopped reading berserk after the square faced turned into a giant bird. Does it get any better after that or is it just Guts losing and then coming back up after nearly losing?
If you only plan on using it for manga then honestly I would suggest you get a cheap tablet instead of e-ink. E-ink mainly makes a difference for text I think. For manga I think it looks nicer and more crisp on a LCD screen. The Nook HD+ already mentioned a few times here is great for manga and you can get it for like $150-200, or if you want e-ink the Kindle Paperwhite or Kobo Aura HD both come well recommended. If you really want to just go maximum cheap then there are some devices you can get for like $30-40 but I think the resolution and contrast will be shit so it won't be a great experience.
The issue with the Nook HD+ is the way its screen fogs up after short use. It's a real problem if you plan to read in bed.
It's forced me into >>108859114. I know the fogging isn't universal or the X201t would suffer the same way.
if i get a tablet i might as well invest in one that isn't crap, so i can use it for anime or even games.
is the regular Kindle decent?at 70$ it seems ok.
or is the resolution too low?
that's the price i'm aiming at, 90$ or less.
Well I've tried playing even super bloated 1080p coalgirls shit on my HD+ and it runs 100% fine with MXplayer with no stutters or hiccups or anything, so anime really shouldn't be an issue.
As far as the regular Kindle, quick googling shows it has a resolution of 758×1024 which is honestly better than I'd thought, but still not exactly great or anything. It'll probably be okay but don't expect a significant improvement over what you're already doing.
I'm sure some people do, but you shouldn't assume that most of us tablet users in the thread are. I just use manga watcher which allows either load it from Batoto/mangastream/starkana or else just stick .zip files on the device manually and read from those.
You do realize that there's manga that is not online otherwise? I bought some the other day just because I was seeing how good their quality was. A bunch of it isn't even worth ripping. Oh and I'm pretty sure you can practically bypass every current form of DRM so that's not even a problem.
>tfw qt gf spends a $20 Amazon gift card on Kindle manga
Not sure how manga works but I've stripped DRM from ebooks before for uploading to Bibliotek that I got from my library and it was a pretty trivial process. Manga guys might use similar protection in which case it should be similarly easy.
>I bought some the other day just because I was seeing how good their quality was.
If you're going to upload the stuff you purchased foe everyone, it's fine I guess. Otherwise please stop supporting people who put DRM on things. That there is a way to bypass it makes DRM even more stupid.
>That there is a way to bypass it makes DRM even more stupid.
DRM is usually not intended to ensure that nobody shares the file ever. (Unless the developer is unusually naive.) It is intended so that any random end-user can't go passing it along to their friends without any effort required. If 90% of consumers don't know how to bypass the DRM (or even that it can be bypassed) then it has accomplished its goal, however trivial the actual process may be.
Recently I started using a Kindle Paperwhite that somebody gave me. So far I like it. But it might be one of those situations where I only like it because it's different from what I'm used to.