RAR-archived comic book files (CBR) can be frustrating to transfer to an iPod. The primary transfer utility is iTunes, of course, and iTunes is optimised for other types of media files, especially music and video files. However, by downloading a free application called Stanza to your iPod Touch, transferring scanned comic files becomes a matter of clicking and dragging them into iTunes. The process only works for iPod Touch and iPhone running the right operating system, but if you can clear that hurdle the process is easy.
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Things you need
- iPod Touch running iOS 3.2 or later
- Desktop or laptop computer with iTunes installed
- USB connector cable for iPod
- Stanza 3.0
- CBR files
Open iTunes on your computer.
Go to the App Store and download Stanza. It's a free application.
Connect your iPod to your computer with the connection cable.
Sync your iPod with iTunes. This will install Stanza on your iPod.
Click on the name of your iPod in the Devices menu in the left-hand column of iTunes.
Click on the Apps tab at the top of the window.
Click on the Stanza app icon under the File Sharing section. A window called Stanza Documents will appear to the right.
Open the folder with your CBR files in it.
Drag the files you want to transfer from the CBR folder to the Stanza Documents window. The document names will appear listed in this area.
Sync your iPod again.
Open Stanza on your iPod by tapping on the icon for the app.
Tips and warnings
- This same process can be used to transfer ePub, eReader, PDF and DjVu book files from your computer to your iPod.
- Stanza can also accept CBR files via wireless communication with your iPod Touch, bypassing the need to use iTunes and a connector cable. Using iTunes is simpler for novice users, however.
- If you have wireless Internet access on your iPod, you can transfer the CBR files simply by attaching them to an e-mail to yourself.
- Like all other mobile CBR readers, Stanza requires touch screen navigation to work. For this reason, the application is not available for older versions of the iPod.
- Other comic book file formats, such as CBZ, will need to be converted to CBR or PDF files in order to be read on your iPod.
- Depending on how your CBR files are encoded, they can take up a great deal of space; keep an eye on the space available on your iPod or you may run out of room quickly.
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