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Graphicly’s acquisition leaves publisher payments in doubt
June 4, 2014 | 5:04 am

Remember the big kerfuffle over Amazon buying ComiXology? Here’s another reason to be glad about how it worked out, because there are other ways it could have gone. Graphicly, a self-publishing platform for comics (which we’ve mentioned a time or two), was recently acquired by book publisher Blurb. Not only is the comics part of Graphicly now to be shut down, but whether the creators of those comics will actually get paid is still an open question. Some of them have never received any payments at all. It seems the company was on the verge of bankruptcy, and...

Celebrate Free Comic Day with free digital comics
May 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

sensationWell, here it is Free Comic Day. And I’m sure that those of you who run by your local comic shops are finding plenty of free issues to read. But as for those of you not lucky enough to have a comic shop in your area, well, there are still plenty of free digital comics to be had. Image is giving away 196 first issues of its various comic series, including such popular titles as “The Walking Dead” and “Saga.” ComiXology has a curated list of free comics from various comic companies, including free comics from its self-publishing program...

Comic book shop advocate pushes for windowing of digital comics
May 2, 2014 | 4:58 am

The Southgate, Michigan News-Herald has a story about a local comic book shop owner, Dennis Barger, who has formed a nationwide “Comic Book Retailers Alliance” to advocate for print comic book shops. His rhetoric should sound familiar to anyone who’s watched e-books “kill” print bookstores. Barger said, despite what some people in the industry think, social media and other marketing isn’t what sells books for the most part. “The employees at local comic shops pushing these books is the difference in being in the top 200...

In wake of Amazon acquisition, ComiXology drops Apple in-app purchases
April 26, 2014 | 5:52 pm

Since its recent acquisition by Amazon, people have been wondering what changes Amazon is going to make to the company. The first one came along today: ComiXology is retiring its old iPhone and iPad e-comic applications, and releasing new ones that remove the ability to buy comics as in-app purchases from Apple devices. You have to buy them from the web store now. Unless you’re on Android, in which case the in-app store works just fine. This is, of course, because of that pesky 30% commission Apple enforces on all in-app purchases. Amazon has steadfastly refused to pay...

Amazon to purchase ComiXology e-comic-book store
April 10, 2014 | 6:24 pm

Looks like the Big Bad Amazon Wolf has just gulped down another hefty meal. Two weeks after rumors started going around (as noticed by Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader), Amazon has announced it will be acquiring ComiXology, the e-comic-book store that carries titles from Marvel, DC, Image, and a number of others. Although the various comic book publishers are trying to push their own stores, ComiXology has nonetheless become the best known source for e-books of popular comics. Now, like Audible and so many other brands, it is going to find a new home at Amazon. News is...

Morning Roundup: Lawsuits, digital apps and distributions pacts
July 22, 2013 | 8:43 am

Morning RoundupComixology and Scholastic Sign New Distribution Pact (The Digital Reader) No, they didn’t invent a practical Iron Man suit, but comiXology did just sign a new distribution agreement with Scholastic, the leading children’s and academic publisher. * * * Harper's Magazine Embracing Digital Apps to Compete with the Atlantic (Good e-Reader) Harper’s Magazine originally launched in 1850 and is second oldest magazine next to Scientific America. The company has been notorious about not walking down the digital path and is consistently losing readers to the Atlantic. This may change, as Harper’s Magazine is launching a series of digital reading apps for iOS and Android this...

Digital comics news: Comixology adds subscriptions and bundles; Image goes DRM-free
July 2, 2013 | 8:35 pm

image-comics-logoYesterday, Gizmodo reported that Comixology, the mobile/web app that Marvel, DC, Image, and other comic publishers use to sell their comics, added options for subscriptions and bundle packages. The subscriptions don’t come at a discount—they’re essentially just a commitment to buy each new issue as it becomes available. The bundles seem to be the digital equivalent of graphic novel collections, and do include a discount. In addition to the new buying options, Comixology added a fit-to-width comic viewing option for its iPhone and iPad apps, and a two-page view option for the iPad. But by far the more interesting story came out...

7 Must-Have Apps For Your New Nook HD
May 12, 2013 | 1:43 pm

If you've taken advantage of the great sale on the Nook HD (ending today), or if you've had one for awhile and recently upgraded to add the Google Play Store, you might be wondering what apps to add. Here's my list of must-have apps, not available in the Nook App store. 1. Feedly With Google Reader going away this July, you'll need another way to keep track of your feeds. I've been using Feedly for awhile now, and it's an excellent Google Reader replacement. In some ways, I've grown to like it better. For example, I've found its integration with Pocket to...

ComiXology’s Marvel #1 Promotion Works Like a Charm
April 13, 2013 | 12:14 pm

comiXology As promised, ComiXology began sending out emails with personalized links to individuals who asked to be notified about the continuation of the Marvel #1 promotion. The email contains a link that can only be accessed from the email address it was sent to. The recipient has 48 hours to claim their free comics (over 700 in all) before the link becomes inactive. I just got my invitation, and can tell you the process worked flawlessly. All of the eligible comics are displayed on a single page. The are separated by specific categories. The categories include Marvel Now! Avengers, Marvel Events, Marvel Zombies, Punisher, Ultimate...

Marvel ‘first issues’ promotion back on April 11. Sign up now!
April 8, 2013 | 9:35 pm

Marvel Remember last month when Marvel was offering over 700 issues #1 for free? And we all crashed their servers? Well, the promotion is back. If you signed up to be notified when it was available, you probably received an email today. (Check your spam folder if you didn't get it.) Or just click this link to ComiXology between now and tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. to sign up for your promo invitation. Although the email says to "register for a free ComiXology account," you can still sign up for the promotion with an existing account. I tested it, purely for research purposes, of...

Updated: Marvel offers over 700 Issue #1 comics, if you can get them
March 11, 2013 | 10:37 am

As part of their SXSW2013 celebration, Marvel is offering over 700 first issue digital comics, for free. Yes, this includes X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man and other popular characters. You can "buy" them from either Marvel's Digital Comic store or through Comixology. Proof that this is a popular promotion? I couldn't get the comic store to open online, and when I opened my ComiXology app, it gave me an error message (no Internet connection). Yes, I have a connection. Unfortunately, everyone else was trying to get their comics, and it looks like we all crashed the site. Don't worry. You still have until Tuesday, March...

Indie comic book creators get a new digital outlet from ComiXology
March 7, 2013 | 2:45 pm

Independent comic book creators will get a new outlet for their creations. Earlier today, ComiXology announced the launch of ComiXology Submit, where comic book and graphic novel creators can upload their files for free. ComiXology will then transform the files to be read on its platform, which itself can be accessed across a variety of apps. “While we continue to push ourselves to innovate the digital comic experience, ComiXology Submit provides an incredible opportunity for creators to sell their work to a highly targeted and global audience of comic book and graphic novel fans,” said ComiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, in a release. “The next generation...