Ryuzine Comparison Tables

Ryuzine Comparison Tables

So, how do Ryuzine Writer and the Ryuzine reader web apps compare to the increasing competition in the self-service e-publishing sector?  The following tables show you how our web apps – both technically still in beta – stack up.

Comparison of Ryuzine to Conversion & Aggregation Apps

There are also now numerous online services for converting your existing content (either websites or PDF files – which need to be created with third-party authoring software) into HTML5 digital magazine webapps (or native apps).  However, most of the free services only process RSS feeds to which you’ve subscribed, or insert their own advertising into the content.  Some of these services are only available to publishers for a fee, and even others only to publishers who “partner” with the conversion service.  These restrictions eliminate many of these services as options for small, independent publishers and self-publishers.

onswipe flipboard Google Currents Zite Amazon Kindle Ryuzine
Style Transforms Existing Site News Aggregator Original Content /Aggregator Content Aggregator Original Content Original content
Access browser native app native app native app Kindle App browser
Availability International International US Only International International International
Registration Required yes yes Yes No Yes No
Personal Content Yes no Yes No? Yes Yes
Commercial Content Yes yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Curated Content no yes No Yes No Yes[6]
URL Redirect no yes Yes Yes No (self contained) No
Requires Server-side Code yes yes Yes Yes Yes No[7]
Advertising Revenues theirs theirs shared theirs yours Yours
Offline Reading no no yes No yes Yes[8]
Editions* no no yes No yes Yes
Audio/Video Yes no yes No No Yes
RSS Feeds yes yes yes Yes No Yes
Social/Share yes yes yes Yes No Yes
Custom Scripts/Widgets no no no No No Yes
Touch Interface yes yes yes yes yes Yes
Keyboard Controls no no no no yes Yes
Customize User Iinterface limited no limited no no Yes
Orientation Aware Yes yes yes (Android version only) yes yes Yes
Alternative View Modes No No No No No Yes
Animated Page Turns Yes Swipe Swipe No Swipe Yes
Custom Layout limited no limited user configured yes Yes
Cover Image no no no no yes Yes
Custom Homescreen Icon Yes no yes no no Yes
Themes No no no no no Yes
Load/Splash screen No no no no no Yes
Content Source Existing Site Feeds Uploaded/Feeds Feeds HTML/XML/EPUB HTML
Authoring Method WordPress Blogs Currents Producer Web App Blogs Offline apps Ryuzine Writer or WordPress
iPhone Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
iPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Android Phone No No Yes No Yes Yes
Android Tablet No No Yes No Yes Yes
Windows Phone 7.5 No No No No Yes Yes
BlackBerry Playbook No No Yes*** No Yes Yes
webOS Tablet No No No No No Yes
Windows Desktop No* No No No Yes Yes
Mac OSX No* No No No Yes Yes
Linux no No No No Yes Yes

* “Editions” refers to a version with only the publisher’s branding
** Yes with Safari if spoofing user agent as iPad but is not fully functional
*** BlackBerry Playbook can be configured to run Android Apps
[4] Through Flash web app
[5] You must be an established publisher and partner with them
[6] Content curated from a WordPress blog with Ryuzine Press
[7] Ryuzine Reader & Rack don’t require server-side code, Ryuzine Press does
[8] Ryuzine Reader & Rack support offline reading, Ryuzine Press does not

Comparison to Comic Readers

Ryuzine does not open digital comic archive files. However when you publish a web comic in Ryuzine format it acts a lot like a comic reader running in your browser and publishers can bundle multiple issues together.

Comixology ComicRack Comical YACReader Comic Zeal Comic Reader Mobi Comix Ryuzine
App Cost to Readers Free Free/Pay versions Free Free $3.99 – $ 7.99 $15 – $20 Free Free
Content Cost to Readers Pay Free Free Free Free Free Free Free
Actively Developed Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Archive Formats proprietary cbz, cbr, rar, zip, pdf, tar, cb7, 7z, cbw, djvu .cbz, .cbr cbr, cbz, rar, zip, tar cbz, cbr, rar, zip, pdf cbz, cbr, rar, zip, pdf zip, tar, rar .htm, .html, .zip
Image Formats proprietary JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF JPG, PNG, GIF JPG, PNG, GIF
Touch Navigation Patented Method Mobile App No No Yes Yes No Yes
Keyboard Navigation No Yes Yes Yes No Yes (desktop version) Yes Yes
DRM Yes? No No No No No No No
Who Can Publish for it? Approved print & indie publishers Anyone Anyone Anyone Anyone Anyone Anyone Anyone
Alternative Views No Yes No No No No No Yes
Social/Share No Yes (LAN) No No No No No Yes
Extendable No Yes No No No No No Yes
Manga Mode ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fullscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (if browser supports it)
Pan/Zoom Yes Yes Yes Yes (lens) Yes Yes (lens) Yes (lens) Yes (mobile)
Page Fitting No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Orientation Aware Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes
Spreads Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bookmarks No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page Animations Patented Method No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Catalogs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[2]
Platforms
iPhone Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
iPad Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes
Android Phone Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Android Tablet Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
Windows Phone 7.5 No No No No No Yes No Yes
BlackBerry Playbook Yes[1] No No No No Yes No Yes
webOS Tablet Yes[1] No No No No No No Yes
Windows Yes[1] Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes
Mac OSX Yes[1] No Yes Yes No Yes Yes (X11) Yes
Linux Yes[1] No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes

[1] In browser with Flash plugin
[2] With Ryuzine Rack webapp

Comparison to Publishing Formats

Plain Text HTML5 EPUB FictionBook Mobipocket Multimedia eBook eReader Portable
Document
Format
Kindle Ryuzine
Extension .txt .htm, .html .epub .fb2 .prc, .mobi .exe .pdb .pdf .azw .htm, .html
DRM No No Yes[1] No Yes Yes Yes Yes[1] Yes No
Images No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tables No Yes Yes Yes [1] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Audio No Yes[2] Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes[2]
Video No Yes[2] Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes[2]
Interactivity No No Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Word Wrap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes [1] Yes Yes
Open Standard Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes [3]
Annotations No No Yes [1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [4]
Bookmarks No No Yes [1] No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPhone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Android Phone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Android Tablet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Phone 7.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
BlackBerry PlayBook Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
webOS Tablet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mac OSX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Linux Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes

[1] If Reader App supports it
[2] Limited formats for HTML5 built-in support. Additional formats via browser plugins.
[3] Based on open web standards
[4] With various Third-Party online service for Annotating web pages if Ryuzine publication is hosted online.

Comparison of Ryuzine Writer to Authoring for Mobile

Comixology Submit Apple iBooks Author Google Currents Producer Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing Amazon Kindle Publishing for Periodicals Ryuzine Writer  1.0
Price Free Free Free Free Free Free Download
Type Web Service Native App Web Service Web Service Web Service Web App
Access Comixology Account Download from Mac App Store Google Account Amazon Account Amazon Account Install on localhost
Platform(s) Cross-Platform App Mac OS X 10.7+ Cross-Platform Webapp Cross-Platform Webapp Cross-Platform Webapp Cross-Platform Webapp
Editor Interface File upload through website Drag & Drop WYSIWYG  WYSIWYG Create/Edit in 3rd Party applications Create/Edit in 3rd Party applications WYSIWYG or use 3rd Party applications
Free Publications Not allowed? Distribute anywhere Publish to Google Currents Not allowed Not allowed Distribute anywhere
Selling Your Publications Submissions require approval of ComiXology, 50% of gross sales when sold through their site, 50% of net sales when sold through app stores. Only through iBookstore with approval by Apple,
who take 30% of each sale[1]
No options (yet) Minimum list price, Amazon gets approval and may
“reformat” books, and set sale price from which they
take 30%
Amazon must approve content and sets price, takes
30%
Sell
it anywhere you please at any price.
Reader Application ComiXology App iBooks 2 on iPad only Google Currents (iOS and Android only) Kindle app/device Kindle app/device any modern web browser
Templates No Yes Yes No No Yes
Export Options Proprietary format iBooks, PDF, text Currents format Kindle Format Kindle Format HTML, ZIP[2], EPUB[3]
Plugins / Widgets No No No No No Yes
Device Simulation No Yes Yes No No Yes
Insert Multimedia Content in publication No Yes Yes No No Yes

[1] In order to sell through iBookstore you need to have an iBookstore Account, a copy of iTunes Producer, an active contract with iTunes Store, a bank account registered to recieve electronic payments from iTunes, an ISBN for each title, and a US Tax ID. Additionally, any .ibooks file you create with iBooks Author for sale cannot be sold anywhere but the iBookstore (terms apply to the file itself, not the content).

[2] ZIP export requires Ryuzine Writer is running from a localhost server with PHP 5.0+ installed and supporting zip and file operations.  If you install XAMPP, as we recommend, you’re development server will meet the requirements.

[3] EPUB export requires PHP 5.0+, running Ryuzine Writer from a localhost web server, enabling file operations and installing the free optional “EPUB Export” add-on.

Comparison of Ryuzine Reader to Mobile Reading Apps

  iBooks Google Currents Kindle Adobe Acrobat Reader Ryuzine 1.0
Price Free Free Free Free Free
Platform(s) iOS, Mac OS X iOS & Android Cross-Platform Cross-Platform Cross-Platform WebApp
DRM Restricted Yes No Yes Some content No
User Adjustable Text Yes (size, font, background) Yes (size) Yes (size, leading, margins, background) No Yes (size, text/background colors)
Bookmark Your Place Yes (automatic) No Yes (automatic) Yes Yes (manual)
Multiple Bookmarks Yes No Yes Yes Yes (in-app & with browser)
Bookmark Syncing Yes (via iCloud) No Yes (via Amazon’s service) No Yes (via any sync service)
Highlighting Text Yes No Yes Yes Yes (via online services)
Annotation of Text Yes No Yes Yes Yes (via online services)
Orientation Aware Yes Yes Yes Yes (mobile apps) Yes
Two-Page Spread View Yes[4] No No Yes Yes (screens > 1024px wide)
Adjusts to screen size Not all content does Yes Yes (reflows text) Yes Yes
Multimedia Content Yes Yes Yes (Format 8 on Kindle Fire) Yes Yes (including Flash[1])
Page Navigation Swipe Page / Tap Margins / Table of Contents Swipe Page / Button / Table of Contents Panel Swipe Page / Tap Margins / Table of Contents
(depends on book)
Swipe Page / Tap Page / Buttons / Table of
Contents Sidebar / Keyboard
Swipe Page / Tap Margins / Button (phones) /
Keyboard / Table of Contents Panel / Thumbnails[2]
Page Flip Effect Yes No No No Yes[3]
Social Networking / Share Yes Yes Yes Yes (for collaboration) Yes
Theme-able User Interface No No No No Yes
Search Text Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (with browser Find)
Alternate Viewing Modes No No No Yes (Continuous, Spreads, Reflow Text) Yes (Continuous, HTML-only)

[1] In browser with Flash plugin
[2],[3] In browsers supporting CSS3 “scale” transforms
[4] Except on iPhone or iPod Touch

During development of Ryuzine a decision was made to not reproduce within the app those features like searching text (which is built into the browser), bookmark syncing (built into some browsers or through third party services), and highlighting or annotation (also available through third party services).  Ryuzine readers have the freedom to use any one of many plugins or online services to accomplish those tasks.  Even within the web app itself publishers have the option of using any widgets, scripts, or plugins you want to use.  No installations, no DRM, no App Stores.  This is what the web is supposed to be like.

What About Professional Layout Software?

Quark XPress 9 ($899) can create magazine apps for the iPad and iPad 2.  To publish and distribute through Apple’s App Store you also need a License Pack which varies in price from one issue ($349) to 24 issues ($6,799).  Templates cost extra for a single issue ($149), multiple issues of one title ($749), and multiple issues of multiple titles ($1,499).

Adobe InDesign CS 6 ($699) users can also purchase the extra Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The “Single Edition” ($395) can also create magazine apps for the iPad and iPad 2.  “Professional Monthly Edition” ($495) creates them for iPad, iPad2, Android Tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire, BlackBerry Playbook, and Desktop.  There is also a “Professional Edition Annual” ($5,940) and “Enterprise Edition” ($47,940).

Note: Ryuzine Writer 0.9.6.3 added import and automatic conversion of documents created with Adobe InDesign CS 4 and later which were produced by “Export for Dreamweaver” or with the document structure “Export XML” function.  Ryuzine Writer cannot read .indd format files.

Both these digital publishing options deliver content to the devices through the platform’s respective “app stores.”  For iPad publications there is also the possibility Apple will reject the publication, and if you can’t distribute it in through their App Store you can’t distribute it for the iPad at all.  Google, Amazon, and RIM’s apps stores are more forgiving, but you’re still asking your readers to purchase, download, and install a magazine on devices that often do not have a lot of storage space to spare.  In addition to the overhead just to start publishing, for each sale, the app stores will also take a percentage of whatever you charge for the publication.


If your point is to get a digital magazine in the hands of your mobile and desktop readers and not spend a small fortune doing it, Ryuzine is your cost-effective solution.  Distribution is via the web just like any other site, which also means Ryuzine targets a wide range of devices and platforms from desktops to tablets to phones.

  • No app stores
  • Nothing to install – the browser IS the “e-reader”
  • No additional, expensive authoring programs
  • No service charges to convert your WordPress blog to a digital magazine
  • We never insert our own advertising into your content
  • Publishing in Ryuzine format is FREE
  • The Ryuzine 1.0 webapps are FREE OPEN SOURCE software

As these tables above demonstrate, the Ryuzine Writer and Ryuzine web apps offer publishing and reading experiences on par with (and we’d argue even better than) the other options presently available, but without the restrictions.  So if you want to start putting together your own Ryuzine publications DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDK right now!