App of the Week: Manga Z

Manga Z
Publisher: Twin Cubes
Price: Free! ($2.99 for the full version)
Platform: Windows 8, Windows RT

It's no secret that I do a lot of reading.  Novels, short stories, comics, graphic novels, and manga.  So long as there's a interesting story to follow, I'll give it a go.  Amazon's Kindle app is by far the best for reading books.  Comixology has comics on lockdown.  And if you're in the market for the latest releases of your favorite manga, you can't do any better than Manga Z.

Manga Z pools its content from several different sites, allowing readers to easily stay up to date on their favorite series.  It's easy to search for new series with the built-in search feature and even easier to add them to your favorites for quick access later.  Readers can download individual chapters and the advance download feature allows reading while downloading.  Manga Z clearly marks which volumes have been read and which are new additions, so it's easy to pick up where you left off.

Manga Z is fairly responsive on my Asus Vivo Tab RT.  Much like the Comixology app, it's intuitive to swipe left or right to turn the page.  What's most impressive is that I've never encountered a crash and I've already spent dozens of hours reading with it.  New volumes download quickly and stay in my collection making offline reading a dream.  And if I end up not liking a series, I can delete it with the press of a button.

Manga Z is a fantastic app and a must have for any manga fan.  Also, it's definitely worth the $2.99 asking price for the full version which eliminates ads and allows for downloading an entire series in one go.  If you have Windows 8 and have been looking for a manga reader, look no further.