Saturday, March 10, 2012

DMP iPhone App and Nook Desktop Reader

Ok, now these posts are getting eclectic. There are too many new devices to keep things organized! I'll leave it to the summary page linked from the sidebar to handle organization, and my posts will cover things as they arise.

Yesterday, DMP released an iPhone app similar to the app for iPad. As expected, the iPhone interface has been scaled down for a smaller screen, and some of the features have been lost. Now there is a scrub bar for jumping forward or backwards through pages, but no thumbnails like the iPad version. Also, the storefront is just one big list of (unordered) titles instead of being collected by genre and imprint (DMG, June, 801) like the iPad version. What really surprised me was the quality of the image, and I suspect Apple's retina display may have more to do with this than DMP's file quality. Of course DMP is serving a high quality file, but man, 326 ppi makes the text looks nice and crisp! Another fantastic feature of this app is that you can pinch to zoom in (again, everything is instinctual and responsive to touch), and you can swipe to the next page without zooming back out. This may seem like a trivial thing, but it's not! It makes for a much more enjoyable 200-page reading experience.

Details and small text look great while zoomed in.
Double tap to zoom back to full page.

I also found out recently that Nook has a desktop reader for your computer, too - similar to the Kindle desktop reader. There aren't any surprises here. Quality is what you should expect by now - solidly good. The downside is that you can't zoom in beyond the actual file size of ~700 px. So if small side text is hard to read, you find yourself squinting and leaning closer to the monitor. I was really surprised by this oversight. With B&N's emphasis on comics and graphic novels, hopefully they will improve this feature to work better with images (and not just text).

Nook Desktop Reader on left, eManga on right
The point still goes to eManga for best DMG reading experience on the computer. Nook, like Kindle, was made for reading left to right.


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