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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...

Marvel opens new digital comics store, continues to take advantage of digital medium
May 10, 2012 | 1:20 am

Marvel Comics has opened a new on-line comics store on Marvel.com, powered by comiXology. It offers “hundreds of collections” and other titles, and allows access to those titles from anywhere, including via the Marvel Comics iOS and Android devices. It is also cross-compatible with the Marvel Comics on Chrome store, meaning that purchases made through Chrome will show up on Marvel.com. Perhaps most importantly, if you purchase a digital comic on Marvel.com, you can now read it on the Marvel Comics app for your iOS or Android device. This will allow for a more complete digital...

Despite high-resolution tablet displays, comic book fans still prefer print
April 2, 2012 | 10:15 am

comics_02_store-4f75931-introArs Technica’s Charles Jade has a fairly long piece looking at what the new double-resolution retina display on the iPad 3 might mean for comics. Most interestingly, it has some comparison screenshots of comics at the old and new resolutions. While the resolution doesn’t make too much of a difference to the art, I was surprised how much clearer it makes the speech bubble fonts—at the old resolution, the letters are downright fuzzy, but at the new they’re much sharper and clearer. Jade also talks to Jeremy Tarney, CEO of the comic book store Ultimate Comics, about the effect...

Digital Vs. Physical Goods, by Dave Slusher
November 30, 2011 | 9:50 am

Screen Shot 2011 11 30 at 9 49 25 AM Not long ago, I posted about how paper books are now the deprecated choice in my household. Recently, as my daughter began crawling and pulling up, she wreaked havoc on our CD rack, throwing disks all over the place. Cleaning them up and moving them to somewhere safe, I was struck with how many of them I couldn’t remember playing in the last decade. I was even more struck with the desire to get a number of these out of my house. I am forming a new three-tiered approach on how to deal with goods that I could just as easily...

Kindle Quick Notes: Staples, DC Comics, Bezos presentation video
September 30, 2011 | 12:59 pm

amazon_kindle_fireThree quick Kindle stories courtesy of our sister blog Gadgetell: Office-supply store Staples is going to carry the new line of Kindles. It will have the $79 low-end Kindle with Special Offers available on October 8th, and will add the Kindle Touch ($99 Special Offers and $139 ad-free), Touch 3G, and Fire in November. The Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers will also remain available at its $99 price point. The Amazon Fire will have 100 exclusive digital graphic novels available from DC, including titles such as Watchmen, Superman: Earth One, and Batman: Arkham City that have never been digitally available before. It’s...