The One Thing I Want Most in Digital Manga Readers

Between the Negima creator’s J-Comi, Viz and Kodansha, the defunct JManga, or the recent Crunchyroll Manga, the quality of official digital manga readers has varied tremendously, but they all lack one feature I keep wishing for. I want to simply be able to magnify or shrink the page quickly and conveniently on a regular computer without having to use magnifying glass icons which either make everything super big or not at all. Most preferably I would like to be able to set my mouse’s scroll wheel to shrink and enlarge the page for when I want to get a closer look at a particular panel or set of panels.

I know that it’s easier on tablets, and when I do read manga on a tablet it’s just  a pinch or a finger drag away, and that digital readers are made more for tablet users, but I just think having this option would go a long way in making the reading of manga on a desktop or laptop so much more natural and convenient.

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2 thoughts on “The One Thing I Want Most in Digital Manga Readers

  1. Most manga readers just use a preset resolution for magnification, depending on the scans’ actual resolution. To do what you suggested would be to probably create a flash-based manga reader that lets you control magnification, probably via a rotatable circular control button.

    On a similar note, I wish these readers would also let us keep preferences so we don’t have to fiddle-diddle about these things all the time.

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