Batman: White Knight () “Unlike anything we've seen before.” -Nerdist “ Cinematic and graphic.” -A.V. Club “Murphy was truly born to draw Batman.” -IGN “A. While working on potential PDF support on Libreture, I've had an opportunity to take a closer look at the digital comics field. And a few things. Today, we're really excited to launch Libreture's latest feature: support for graphics-rich titles and comics in PDF, CBZ and CBR formats.
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It's been a while since I studied image formats as part of my degree, so details may have changed, but the underlying principles are still sound.
Usually comics are drawn as vector images, as in line-art with clearly delineated areas of flat colour not always, I know, but stick with me here. And JPEG is simply not the right format for that kind of image. It's an image format designed for photographs and representative of reality, with gradual changes in colour and contrast. JPEG is not well suited for line drawings and other textual or iconic graphics, where the sharp contrasts between adjacent pixels can cause noticeable artifacts.
JPEGs that contain line art have to use a low compression setting to look acceptable. So we're already wasting the benefits of JPEGs by not using the correct format for the job.
Our lecturer used to get very angry at students using the wrong graphics package for the wrong job Avoiding high-compression when creating comics means the files are larger than they really need to be. Comic publishers know that their readers won't stand for not receiving the highest-possible quality file when buying digital comics.
If the switch from paper to digital means 'less' in any way, that's a big ol' nope. I zoomed into the same area of a particular page in both files. The difference was apparent. A lot of the bad image quality comes down to artefacts in JPEG files. Not only has the PDF been created with less compession of the awesome original artwork, but the format has its own compression methods that come into play at very large sizes.
You would want the very best quality version to hand, right? But downloading all your PDF editions and storing them separately is a big ask, when the files can be up to 6 or MB for a single book!
And many portable devices simply won't open those files. I have two separate Android tablets of different ages, that are becoming increasingly useless as both apps and files increase in size and memory usage. Comic book readers are being asked to download one format for fast access and reading on older or lower-capacity devices, while downloading another for reading on high-end or newer devices, and for archiving.
This leads to fragmentation of the comic collection. If Libreture is as much for comic book readers as novel readers, which I intend it to be, then I need to address this storage capacity problem. Libreture is in a great position to provide a worthwhile service to comic readers, RPG fans try getting those tomes in ePub format , and readers of other graphics-rich titles.
While it already supports ePub comics, I'm currently looking at how to best support PDF uploads, and add user-contributed metadata to PDFs that don't already have it. More on that in another post. The remaining issue is the greater storage cost of supporting such large files.
Increasing the cost of the Libreture subscription for everyone isn't fair, so the cost needs to be tied more closely to usage. This is an even bigger problem when considering there's such a large disparity in file size across different formats for the same number of books.
Together, these three formats cover a host of digital publications that you can now store alongside other books in your LIbreture library. As well as digital comic shops, many e-bookshops cater to RPG enthusiasts, with PDF versions of rulebooks, scenario guides and games master manuals.
Others sell reference titles containing fantastically rich graphics that wouldn't be suitable in anything other than full-colour, high-quality PDF.
These files take up much more file space than the average digital novel, which means you may need some additional storage.
Your FREE Libreture account provides MB of storage, but if you think you'll need a bit more room, upgrade to a paid plan whenever you like. There are plenty of plans to choose from , with just the right storage for your burgeoning comic collection. Upgrade and downgrade to suit your needs.
To help you save time renaming your files, Libreture automatically converts the filename to the book's title. Underscores are replaced by spaces and first letters are capitalised. Custom Lists is a feature that's coming soon. You will be able to create your own categories to sort your collection, ensuring you'll never lose track of each edition or format. Keep your high-quality PDFs alongside your ePub and CBZ titles, sorted by publisher or series - or however you like to sort your books.