Tag Archives: Comixology

Archie #664

Archie joins Comixology’s DRM-free publishers

It looks like Archie Comics is the latest major publisher to become DRM-free on Comixology. I say “latest” since this change happened back in October, but has gone largely little-publicized outside of Comixology’s own Tumblr page. (Smaller publisher “Alternative Comics” is also now DRM-free.) Comixology’s site also doesn’t list Archie in the list of DRM-free publishers, but looking through the various books, they’re all complete with the download/archive icon: Checking the “My Backups” section, all of my previous Archie comic purchases are also all available for…

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Rocky and Bullwinkle #1 (of 4)

Over a dozen comic companies go DRM-free on Comixology

News came yesterday that a number of smaller comics publishers are, as of now, offering DRM-free “backup” copies of their books through Comixology. As Comic Book Resources reports, the companies going DRM-free include: IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. (*Whew*!) They’re joining the previous companies that’ve also gone DRM-free with Comixology. The most interesting name…

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Comixology finally allows DRM-free comics

In a move that’s been well overdue, Comixology announced today that it’s allowing downloads of DRM-free comics. For quite awhile, I and others online have disliked the heavily DRMed model of Comixology, which given its near-monopoly position and  that several publishers will only publish via Comixology makes the DRM particularly obnoxious. This is finally a welcome move. I do  have to wonder if it’s in response to Image Comics successfully offering DRM-free comics for awhile now, and thus stealing some business from Comixology. Or if it’s in response…

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Comixology removes in-app purchasing from iOS apps

Yesterday, with zero advance notice, came some big comic news: Amazon stated that Comixology will drop in-app purchases for iOS users, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut of all in-app sales on any iOS app. The Android version will still allow in-app purchases, but not through Google Play’s system; Google also takes a 30% cut of sales from Android in-app sales. Android users will have to go through Paypal or Comixology’s own credit card system, which is what Comixology’s website uses. The new versions of Comixology’s…

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My thoughts on Amazon’s purchase of Comixology

While there’d been rumors over the past few weeks, earlier today came the still-surprising news that the rumors were correct: Amazon will be purchasing Comixology, the dominant digital comics vendor. This allows Amazon to jump from being one of Comixology’s lesser competitors to one of the most prominent names in digital comics. Although I’ve been lukewarm about Comixology in the past (particularly its near-monopoly position in the digital comics marketplace, as well as its heavily DRMed comics), I’ll give my thoughts below on the various…

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Comixology password breach reported

Earlier today, digital comics vendor Comixology reported a security breach, as reported by TechCrunch (and everyone else by now). While payment and password information is secure, Comixology is requiring a reset of passwords. I’d suggest resetting your password now, if you haven’t yet done so (and to choose a unique password, of course). There’s little other information so far on just how the password breach happened. I do note it comes a year after the infamous “700 free Marvel comics”-induced crash of Comixology’s site. Since…

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Image Comics now offers DRM-free digital comics

Earlier today at Image Comics‘ “Image Expo” convention, the creator-friendly comic company made a big announcement: starting today, all of its comics will be sold via its website as DRM-free digital comics. While one can still buy Image’s books via Comixology, etc., there’s now the option of buying the books directly from Image, and without digital rights management. On top of that, Image is offering a choice of file formats: CBZ, CBR, PDF, and EPUB. More details are available via Wired: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/07/drm-free-comics-download-image/ This marks a…

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700 free Marvel Comics from Comixology, take two

Comixology’s “700 free Marvel #1’s” comic promotion brought its service to its knees some time ago, forcing them to bail out on the offer. The fiasco also pointed out the flaws in Comixology’s DRM/cloud-based model. (This would’ve been one situation where torrenting would actually have a legit/useful purpose…) Now they’re trying the offer again, in a more organized manner. Until midnight EST tonight (11 PM Central Time), the promo’s available, but only by signing up at a special Comixology page (http://promo.comixology.com). Comixology will then email…

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Comixology crashes, or why a single dominant digital comics vendor is a bad idea

The big comics story this week so far has been Comixology, the popular (and dominant) digital comics vendor, being inaccessible for most of the past few days. To summarize: Marvel made an offer for 700(!) free first issues of various comics via Comixology. The offer was supposed to have run starting Sunday through the next few days. However, Comixology apparently didn’t have the server capacity (or bother to temporarily rent out extra capacities) to keep up with the demand, and the entire site crashed/came to…

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Adventures of Superman (digital)

Digital comics alternatives to Comixology

While Comixology’s come to become the dominant force for digital comics, is convenient, and has a nice enough app, it does have some flaws. For one, comic companies and creators seem to have rushed into handing things over to a digital near-monopoly after years of complaining about the physical monopoly distributor for comic shops, Diamond. For another, while Comixology is finally offering DRM-free purchases, only some smaller companies have taken them up on such so far. Amazon’s recent purchase of Comixology and its changes to in-app purchasing…

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