CloudReaders (TM) is a free book/comic/movie viewer, fully optimized for iPad (and now supports iPhone/iPod touch too!). It supports PDF, CBZ, ZIP, CBR, RAR, MOV, MP3, M4V, MP4 and 3GP format.
You can switch between western-style (left to right) and eastern-style (right to left) easily.
[NEW in 1.50] Auto clean-up of Inbox folder, iPhone 5 support, compatibility with iOS6, retina display support (but still optimized for speed).
[NEW in 1.23] Full-screen replay of iPhone native movie/audio files (H.264, MPEG-4 and MP3)
[NEW in 1.14] PDF/Comic Annotation using neu.Notes (Tap the "Pen" icon on the toolbar).
[NEW in 1.12] High-fidelity rendering of PDF documents.
[NEW in 1.11] Version 1.11 supports external display. It means you can use CloudReaders to make presentations! (1) Convert your Powerpoint files into JPEG files, (2) ZIP them into a single file, (3) transfer it to CloudReaders, (4) connect you iPad to a projector using iPad Doc Connecter from Apple, and (5) make a presentation.
[NEW in 1.10] Version 1.10 allows users to add one or more tags to each book, which is way more powerful than folders. This version also has a beautiful icon designed by David Lanham (thank you, David!).
[NEW in 1.05] Version 1.05 offers more immersive reading experience in portrait mode by centering the page, and hiding next/prev pages. It also comes with a bug fix of CBR-page-ordering bug.
[NEW in 1.04] Version 1.04 has a brightness control for night reading, and handles large-image CBR/CBZ files much better.
[NEW in 1.03] Version 1.03 supports CBR/RAR files along with PDF/CBZ/ZIP. It also deal with PDF files with large images much better.
[NEW in 1.02] Version 1.02 allows you to directly transfer media files over USB cable, which is 100 times faster than WiFi!
It allows you to read any book/comic files in either PDF, ZIP/CBZ or RAR/CBR format transferred from your PC/Mac or downloaded from the Internet.
CloudReaders also comes with a "cloud bookshelf", where you can download public domain books and comics for free (the number of books is small at this moment, but we are going to add a lot of books soon).
Those books on "cloud" bookshelf are books prepared by volunteers and supporters, which include public domain PDF books optimized for iPad screen as well as free or sample publications provided by authors and publishers.
If you are interested in participating to this "cloud bookshelf" effort, please contact email@example.com (or just send PDF files).
Rebuilt for latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Ratings and Reviews
If you can fix the problem with CBR files not loading correctly then I'd give this 5 stars. As it is now, there have been many times when I'm in the middle of reading a run of issues and suddenly, in the middle, when I'm completely immersed and on the road to somewhere, this app won't load the next issue. I can't tell you how frustrating this is. There doesn't seem to be anything inherently wrong with the file as I can always unRAR it, then use WINRAR to zip it up and turn it in to a CBZ. I've never once had a problem with a CBZ file. This bug has existed in this app since I first got it almost a year ago. It's all very well to add these nice features but how come this hasn't been fixed after all this time?
Didn't work for me
The .cbr files I tried it wouldn't open.
Good but could improve
Overall this is a good app, even better that it's free. Just discovered how to transfer over iTunes with a cable and it was so smooth and quick! That said, it would be greatly improved by displaying .cbr files properly as they're pretty common files for comics. Converting to .zip is easy but irritating when you're transferring often. Also, would be nice if there was an option to make the double-tap zoom to the width of the page you're viewing rather than just zoom in so much.
Other than that though a great app, especially for free!
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.