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]

Top Rated Comments

Porco Avatar
133 months 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?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shandyman Avatar
133 months 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!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CBlakeston Avatar
133 months 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.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
133 months ago
It seems whenever a big company buys a smaller one they ruin things.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JonLa Avatar
133 months ago
Alas some of us read more than just Marvel/DC comics...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
casperes1996 Avatar
133 months ago
Unaware companies.

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.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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