# Literature

# Manga

# Sourcing

Nyaa ❤️ Recommended

Public torrent tracker with the most high-quality official digital rips

Scanlations can also be found here, though significantly less than aggregator sites.

  • Official Digital Rips: Search for the English title and add Digital to your search (e.g. Attack on Titan Digital). When searching, prioritize newer releases, as they're likely from better sources compared to older releases.
  • Scanlation Rips: Search for both the English and Japanese/native title by adding the | operator in between (e.g. Attack on Titan|Shingeki no Kyojin) and sort by file size. Although these can be significantly lower in quality, note that not all manga get official digital releases and scanlations may be your only option.
AnimeBytes Private
Private torrent tracker with better organisation, retention, and access to older rips.
ComicK
Browser aggregator with the least compressed official rips
MangaDex
Browser aggregator with the most convenient scanlations
MangaLife/MangaSee
Browser aggregator with the most convenient official rips

# Reading

mpv ❤️ Best Quality

Standalone reader with the highest quality scaling on PC

This should be used with the mpv-manga-reader script in order to enable basic manga reader functionality. See how to install custom scripts in mpv.

We recommend using the following scaling config for reading manga. This config will not affect standard video playback. To use it, add the following to your mpv.conf:

[Manga]
profile-desc="Read Manga"
profile-cond=filename and filename:match('%.cbz$') or filename:match('%.cbr$') or filename:match('%.zip$') or filename:match('%.rar$') ~= nil
profile=high-quality
dscale=mitchell
deband=no

mpv allows you to manually fix black levels with the brightness and contrast controls. To use them, add the following to your input.conf and customise the values to your liking (default keybinds are B and N):

B no-osd add contrast -4; no-osd add brightness 4; show-text "Black Level: ${brightness}"
N no-osd add contrast 4; no-osd add brightness -4; show-text "Black Level: ${brightness}"

This should only be used on sources where obvious blacks appear gray. The black level value should be decreased until the grays become black. Generally, -16 works for most sources.

mpv's bundled touchscreen controls are suboptimal. We recommend using third-party programs for adding touchscreen functionality to mpv, such as GestureSign, a tool which allows you to convert gestures to keypresses (example setup).
You should also add the following into your mpv.conf to avoid triggering the OSD when swiping:

no-osc
no-window-dragging
Suwayomi Most Convenient
All-in-one manga reader server with support for external sources and manga trackers
CDisplayEx

Standalone reader with the second highest quality scaling on PC

To get the best quality, set the Resizing Algorithm to Lanczos and the Lanczos quality slider to level 2.

CDisplayEx features an Auto Colors setting, which allows you to fix black levels. This should only be used on sources where obvious blacks appear gray. White level sensitivity should be increased slightly until they become black.

Perfect Viewer ❤️ Best Quality

Standalone reader with the highest quality scaling on Android

Mihon Most Convenient
All-in-one manga reader with support for external sources and manga trackers
Tachiyomi

All-in-one manga reader with support for external sources and manga trackers

Sidebooks ❤️ Best Quality
Standalone reader with the highest quality scaling on iOS
Aidoku Most Convenient
All-in-one manga reader with support for external sources and manga trackers. Requires TestFlight or sideloading
Paperback
All-in-one manga reader with support for external sources
Kavita
Free and open-source manga, comic, and book server. Includes an integrated web reader (demo) and support for OPDS (e.g. CDisplayEx, Perfect Viewer)
Komga

Free and open-source manga server. Includes an integrated web reader support for OPDS (e.g. CDisplayEx, Perfect Viewer)

# Light Novels

# Sourcing

Nyaa ❤️ Recommended
Public torrent tracker with the most high-quality light novel rips
AnimeBytes Private

Private torrent tracker with a more organized layout and access to old and rare rips

# Reading

Calibre
Standalone reader with support for various file types and includes additional e-book management features
Sumatra PDF
Standalone reader with support for various file types
Moon+ Reader
Standalone reader with support for various file types
LNReader

All-in-one light novel reader with support for external sources