Downloading and Viewing Comics purchased from fanatical.com

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    General Information

    Your comic purchases are listed in your fanatical.com account's order history - tap/click an order to see a list of the comics and the file formats (CBZ, EPUB or PDF) in which each is available.  

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    Click/Tap a button to see a list of editions (if applicable), then click/tap an edition to download that edition in the selected format.

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    We recommend you use the ePub format when supported by the device and app you're using as they are typically smaller and therefore download faster and are specifically formatted for eBook readers, but some readers prefer the CBZ format (compressed set of JPG images)

    For devices that don't support ePub or CBZ we also offer the comics in PDF files.

    For the best possible reading experience, use an HD eReader device with full color display.

    Device specific recommendations

    iPad and iPhone

    ePub Format

    Download the comic as an ePub file to your iPad/iPhone by tapping the "EPUB" button on your fanatical.com order details page and select to open in the Apple "Books" app.

    Once the comic has been downloaded and added to Apple Books, you can reopen it in the "Books" app to continue reading where you left off.

    If you've not got the Apple "Books" app installed you can download it for free from the Apple AppStore.

    CBZ Format

    There are many apps to view CBZ files, amongst the most popular are:

    ZIP files of multiple comics

    If you select the "All" button the comics (in the selected format) are downloaded within a .ZIP.

    If you download directly to your iPad/iPhone you will need to use a ZIP file app to extract the separate comics from the .ZIP and then open the extracted files in the appropriate reader app. - you will need to open the ZIP in an app and extract the separate comics from the .ZIP before you can view them. Find a ZIP file processor in the AppStore.

    From PC or Mac to iPad/iPhone

    If you download to your PC, extract the files from the .ZIP (if appropriate).

    Then connect your iPad/iPhone to your PC and within iTunes:

    1. Select the iPad/iPhone on the iTunes toolbar
    2. Select "File Sharing" in the left column
    3. Select the Comic reader app
    4. Drag the comic files from Apple Finder or Windows File Explorer to the app in iTunes.
    5. When all comics have been dragged to the app, click the "Done" button in iTunes to download them to the app on your iPad/iPhone.

    Android

    ePub Format

    Download the comic as an ePub file to your Android device by taping the "EPUB" button on our fanatical.com order details page - if prompted to select an app to use to view the comic select "Google Play Books" to add the comic to your Google Play Books library.

    Once the comic has been downloaded and added to Google Play Books, you can reopen it in the "Google Play Books" app to continue reading where you left off.

    If you download the comic as a PDF there are many PDF reader applications available in the Google Play store, including the Adobe Reader app.

    CBZ Format

    Download the comic as an CBZ file to your Android device by taping the "CBZ" button on our fanatical.com order details page - if prompted to select an app to use to view the comic you can select "Upload to Google Play Books" to add the comic to your Google Play Books library.

    Alternative CBZ reader apps are available through google Play, including:

    From PC

    If you've already downloaded the comic to a PC, connect your Android device to your PC and use the File Manager to transfer the comic ePub, CBZ or PDF file to the "Downloads" folder on the Android device then open the file from there in your chosen app.

    PC

    You can view ePub files downloaded through your web browser on a Windows PC in many apps, including:

    For CBZ files, consider:

    For PDFs you can use many programs, including: Adobe ReaderComicRack for Windows and most modern web browsers.

    Mac

    Download the comic as ePub (recommended) or PDF through your web browser.

    Depending on the web browser you're using, you will see options to open the file after download or you can use Finder to view the content of your "Downloads" folder.

    You can view ePub files on a Mac in many apps, including Apple iBooks (which is pre-installed on later versions of macOS).  Another option is Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

    Many CBZ readers are available for Mac as well, including:

    Similarly, there are many viewers for PDFs - including Adobe Reader for Mac.

    Nook HD

    Download the comics to a PC in ePub format and then transfer them to our Nook via a USB connection.

    Kindle Fire HD or HDX

    Download the comics to your PC in PDF then transfer them into the "Documents" folder on your device as described in the following article:

     

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