ComiXology Retires App, Debuts New Read-Only Version After Amazon Purchase

Just two weeks after being purchased by Amazon, digital comic book seller ComiXology has announced that it'll be retiring its app in favor of a new read-only version that requires users to purchase comic books via their website, much like Amazon does with its Kindle app.
comixologyretiredComiXology recommends that their users back up their purchases through their ComiXology account and to download the new app to continue reading. However, the current app will still allow users to download and read their current books for a limited time. The Marvel and DC Comics apps, which are powered by ComiXology, appear to be unaffected.

In 2011, Amazon updated its Kindle app to remove the ability to purchase books from within the app to avoid Apple's in-app subscription and purchases policy, which requires developers to give Apple 30 percent of however much they earn. In contrast, Beats updated its app with in-app subscriptions in an effort to increase subscription sign-ups.

The new app, Comics - Read Comic Books and Graphic Novels by comiXology is a universal app that's available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Posted: 22 weeks ago
lol, imagine if a corporation came into your house and said 'Hey, pile up those books you've bought from us… we'll still let you them read them for now'.

You'd probably call the police, wouldn't you?
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
Ugh typical. I liked that i could just buy and download comics via the app, now that's going! Assume this will affect the Marvel & DC Comics app too down the line! Seems like Amazon are aiming to ruin the simplicity of buying comics!
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
It seems whenever a big company buys a smaller one they ruin things.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
1: Start comixology. Go to purchases
2: Hit restore in the purchases tab to sync apple purchases with the web
3: Log into comixology website to use the fiver voucher they gave you.
4: Download DC / Marvel apps. Check purchases have synced to those.
5: Download new comixology app to leave a one star review.
6: delete both comixology apps and Use DC / Marvel.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
Alas some of us read more than just Marvel/DC comics...
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
Why is it that they don't pay attention? I mean, look at what happened to Microsoft's Office 365 subscriptions after they put Office on the app store. Yeah, Apple might take 30%, but they're selling 200% more subscriptions.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
This frustrates me. Having bought (and enjoyed) numerous series, including Y which I bought every comic progressively through the app this has made me rethink my policy if buying digital copies online. E-comics need to get a universal standard form that you can read in any app.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
Thanks for ruining the easy experience of buying and reading digital comics, Amazon! I won't be giving Comixology another dime.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago
**** you, amazon. Totally dick move. I bought a lot of comics and now I'll just stop. Is there a way to sync comics across to the respective marvel / DC apps presuming they're aren't going to ruin them too.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 22 weeks ago

Not to them. They don't want to have to give Apple 30% and this is the way to avoid it.



Sucks for us but there it is



Comixology were perfectly content with this model. This is pure amazon crap.
Rating: 4 Votes

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