Mcomix is my go-to comic book reader for Ubuntu, but for my KDE desktop I wanted something that feels more at home in the Plasma experience.
After a bit of digging I came across Peruse.
Peruse Comic Book Reader
There are many ways to read comic books, and one of those that has become more common in recent years is on a computer.
Peruse was created to make reading comics on a computer. “as easy and pleasant as possible”.
A handy welcome page greets you when you launch the application. This shows you your most recently read comics, and indicates your progress through them with a simple loading bar. It takes a single click the click to pick up where you left off in any of your most recently read comics.
Peruse supports a comprehensive array of comic book and eBook file formats, including:
- Comic Book Archive (cbz, cbr, cb7, cbt, cba)
- Portable Document Format (pdf)
- ePub Books (epub)
- DeVice Independent files (dvi)
- DeJaVu (djvu)
- Compiled Help (chm)
You can browse your comic library in app, sorting by title, author, series or recently added.
When reading a comic you can quickly access an ‘actions’ sidebar with navigational and display options.
Peruse isn’t the prettiest of applications. Although it looks fairly well proportioned in its official screenshots I found much of its interface to be ungainly. A little bit of trimming, spacing and padding would go a long way to improving the overall look and feel of the app.
Peruse is available to install on a wide range of Linux distributions by using an OBS repository. An AppImage of the app is also available and should run without issue on any modern Linux desktop.