Comixology

Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Scribd calls it quits on comics in less than a year

Let's be honest. It may have not been the perfect pairing in the first place. Except to its faithful fans, or what's left of them after this, Scribd is perhaps best known for sharing documents, papers, even legal documents. It later broke out into the ebook and audiobook markets and then, February last year, dared to compete with Comixology (ironically now owned by rival Amazon) by offering digital comics. Apparently that didn't turn out so well because after making a big splash about its arrival, Scribd has silently pulled out those comics apparently since last month.

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Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

Amazon Digital Day will have your wallet groaning

If you lucked out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas deals, don't you fret, Amazon has got you covered. At 00:00 PT on 30th December, that is, midnight in the Pacific (3 AM Eastern), Amazon will be letting loose a barrage of sales, from 50% to 75% to 80% off on loads of items on its shelves. Digital shelves, that is. Amazon Digital Day cometh and while it will naturally be limited to digital products, this day and age that is exactly what buyers want.

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Comixology Unlimited: now there’s a “Netflix for Comics” too

Comixology Unlimited: now there’s a “Netflix for Comics” too

It's been a while since we've heard anything major from Comixology, the industry's biggest distributor of digital comics, after it got swept up by Amazon. Sure, business is booming these days, especially thanks to non-stop servings of live action film adaptations of comic book titles and events. Today, however, Comixology has launched something major indeed. Taking a cue from Netflix, which has become synonymous with digital content subscription, it has unveiled Comixology Unlimited, letting both existing fans and curious readers a chance to dip their toes in the world of sequential art for only $5.99 a month.

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Comixology Windows 8 app getting axed end of the year

Comixology Windows 8 app getting axed end of the year

Just when Microsoft is, somewhat desperately, trying to push software developers to make universal Windows apps that run on any device form factor, Comixology is going in the totally opposite direction. It has rather silently updated its FAQ with a page answering "Where is the Windows 8 app?". It's still there, don't worry, but only until the end of the year. The world's biggest and most popular digital comics distributor is retiring its native Windows 8 app in favor of, what else, a "great web experience".

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Over 12,000 Marvel comics come to Amazon’s Kindle store

Over 12,000 Marvel comics come to Amazon’s Kindle store

Marvel and Amazon have just announced a new deal that sees over 12,000 of the comic book publisher's back issues available on the Kindle store, starting today. Marvel's comics were previously available through the Comixology app, which Amazon purchased last year, and they will continue to be offered there, but Kindle owners can now buy straight from their own marketplace. Even better is that new Marvel issues will be available for Kindle on the same day they're available at stores and on Comixology.

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Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Comixology announces DRM-free copies for some titles

Avid comic book readers will be quite familiar with Comixology's digital library. They might also be well versed with how those copies are pretty much all "protected" by DRM technology. Comixology is now changing that status quo just a bit and is now offering DRM-free backups, in PDF and CBZ formats, but only for some select titles and publishers.

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Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

Comixology axes in-app purchases on iOS

The way the industry works is that if you make an in-app purchase, the app host has to pay a hefty cut to the service provider. For example, if you buy a product or service via Apple's App Store, the app provider pays Apple a 30% cut from the sales; this is the Store policy. To nip this problem and maintain it's pricing, Comixology will no longer be offering its comics for sale via the Apple app.

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