Amazon acquiring popular digital comics platform comiXology

Daniel Bader

April 10, 2014 4:56pm

Amazon has announced its acquisition of digital comics and graphics novel platform, comiXology, for an undisclosed sum.

The platform, which supports Android, iOS, Kindle Fire and Windows tablets, sells digital content from 75 publishers, including Marvel and DC Comics, and has proven to be very popular with comics veterans and novices alike.

It’s unclear whether Amazon will change the company’s business model in any way — it currently sells titles a la carte and by subscription — or how it will integrate comiXology into the company’s own Kindle publishing business, but co-founder and CEO, David Steinberger, said, “Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”

  • nekkidtruth

    Hmmm…I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this. On one hand, Amazon is certainly someone I would expect to purchase a company like comiXology, while on the other hand something tells me they might ruin it.

  • Damian Wayne

    This is why I cannot yet embark on paying for digital comics. They cost the same as print despite not including paper, and don’t even give users a cbr file. Your purchase remains stuck to the service so long as it exists. now if Amazon decides to pull a d*ck move and lock the app to their line of tablets, what happens to Android and iOS users collections until now?

    • ScooterinAB

      This certainly does give it that long term stability you refer to. While a really cool service, you owe nothing but a subscription. If the service was every discontinued, you lose everything. With the service moving under Amazon, part of the concern is alleviated.

      I wouldn’t be concerned with Amazon locking it out of Android or iOS in the future. Aside from committing corporate suicide, it’s not consistent with how they operate now. Kindle is available for all platforms (that I’m aware of anyways). Removing it from the some 99% market share that Amazon doesn’t have in mobile doesn’t make sense.