Review: Read comics and eBooks with Genius PDF Reader

Read comic book archives and eBooks with this free PDF viewer.

Genius PDF Reader is the PDF reader and converter for superheroes and bookworms. It's also a comic book and eBook reader. It opens and converts a wide range of document types into PDFs, and it displays CBR, CBZ, and other comic book archives as well as eBook formats like EPUB and MOBI. It searches for text, zooms, and performs other basic editing functions, too. The latest version of Genius PDF Reader, v2.0, can convert PDFs, too, with help from an additional virtual printer. We only tried the reader, though. Genius PDF Reader is freeware for Windows XP to 8.

Genius PDF Reader's installer offers to make it the default tool for PDFs and other setup options. The user interface is typical of such tools, striking a visually acceptable balance between controls and document. Fullscreen, book view, and other display options let readers customize the layout and functions to suit. A Frequently Read list with thumbnails makes it easy to pick up long books again. We clicked "Open a document" and opened the first file we found, the software's GNU. Moving right along, we verified Genius PDF Reader's ability to open and display a wide range of compatible files, including PDFs, text, and MOBI. Text was quite legible in all files, and Genius PDF Reader's zooming, page, and other functions worked well.

Illustrated children's classics are fine for quick tests, but we wanted to read some comic books. Hundreds are available online, free to download. The big archives that come up first in searches are good starting points. All you need is a compatible reader. That's what Genius PDF Reader is for.

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