Comixology Updates App, Removing Google Play Payments and Offering $5 Credit to Users

Comixology Updates App, Removing Google Play Payments and Offering $5 Credit to Users

Apr 28, 2014

Comixology has made a change to the way that they bill for comics: where previously they used Google Play’s in-app billing system, now the app uses its own billing, so users will need to input their credit card info with Comixology or pay with PayPal. Despite the Amazon buyout, Amazon Payments are not yet supported. For the inconvenience, a $5 store credit has been applied to users’ accounts.

This move was most likely made in order to avoid the 30% fee that Apple and Google each charge for selling through their stores and payment systems. This situation on Android is much more favorable than the one on iOS, where Apple’s policies make it so that any purchases at all have to be through iTunes, so users can’t buy comics through the app at all, only through a browser, similar to Kindle. On Google Play, Google allows for non-Google-Play billing only “where payment is for digital content or goods that may be consumed outside of the app itself.” As such, Android users have it much better off than iOS users, though as one person who bought $50 of Google Play credit specifically for buying comics has indicated, Android users are not entirely happy about this.

The 3.6 update for Comixology is available now.

comiXology Adds New Subscriptions and Bundles

comiXology Adds New Subscriptions and Bundles

Jul 11, 2013

comiXology released new subscriptions and bundles, giving fans new ways to shop for their favorite comic books to read on their Android devices. The new subscriptions gives fans the opportunity to subscribe to their favorites series so that they never miss an issue, and bundles let fans buy entire series at discounted prices.

“Every hour of every day, everyone at comiXology is thinking about how to make it easier for comiXology fans to get the comics they love,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, in a press release. “With subscriptions and bundles we’ve taken yet another step in delivering the great experience that our users deserve.”

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Comixology Submit Puts Independent Comic Creators on Comixology

Comixology Submit Puts Independent Comic Creators on Comixology

Mar 11, 2013

One of the best apps for buying comics digitally, Comixology, has decided to open its door to independent comics creators with their new Comixology Submit program, as reported by IGN (via Cult of Android). What this lets those with comics that they want to distribute to the world is to submit to Comixology, which they will then curate to offer only the best selections. According to their FAQ, “The approval process is a work in progress. First and foremost, we want to maintain a level of professional content that comiXology users have come to expect from our platform. What the definition of professional content is will certainly be something that we refine as we progress into this brave new world.” So this is definitely something where

Once accepted by Comixology Submit, the comic is available in the same store as Marvel, DC, and other major comic publishers; issues of these comics are available wherever Comixology is available. This is big: consider what the open nature of app stores has done for independent developers, though Comixology is keeping a tighter grip on what they’re allowing in, presumably in the name of quality. As well, they’re keeping a bigger cut of the profits than what most app stores do with a 50-50 split, which is costly for distribution alone. Still, it’s easier than going through other methods, including the tried-and-usually-untrue Xerox method. Submission is also free, and creators retain the rights to their work. Those interested in submitting their work can do so here, and those who want to check out Comixology Submit works can do so from this link or check out the new featured section in the app.

Comixology Review

Comixology Review

Sep 21, 2012

There’s thoughts out there when it comes to internet media piracy that it’s a matter of access: if it’s easier to obtain content legitimately than it is to pay for it, then people will be more likely to not pirate it. Comixology may be one of the best examples of that. This service and Android app is designed to make it easy to buy and read the latest issues of comics from publishers both big and small.

Now, I’m hardly a dedicated comic reader – I had a Comixology account for reading some free issues of comics that publishers would put out to promote movies on said series, and the only real comics I buy are the Adventure Time comics (don’t laugh, the show is really good and the comics have a warped sense of humor that’s a great fit with the series). However, this app makes me wish that I actually was, because it makes it so easy to discover new comics and buy issues. The experience is seamless and so convenient. There’s plenty of free content

The app is available on iOS as well, and purchases sync over from device to device. What I did at one point after getting the free $25.00 Google Play credit for buying the Nexus 7 was to buy issues that I wanted. At one point, there was a price drop on the iOS store that wasn’t reflected on the Android store. I notified customer service, and the issue was solved in about an hour. Fantastic.

The Nexus 7 is great for reading comics on it. The vertical resolution appears to be about the size of a single vertical sheet of paper for many comics, and the pixel depth is enough to where a lot of text is clear and legible. In the few cases where it isn’t, double-tapping on a panel will bring it into “Guided View” which will focus on just that one panel.

Pretty much my only complaint with Comixology is that the app could make it easier to find out when new issues of series in my library are availble. Right now, I have to search manually for new issues instead of being able to just tap a button and find out if they’re now available. Some issues are available as “digital firsts” which seems to indicate that Comixology’s library is not complete, but this sounds more like an issue with the publishers, rather than with the service.

Still, as a burgeoning comic aficionado, there’s a lot to love with Comixology. I don’t know how much this app is contributing toward combating piracy, but for me, it sure beats every other alternative.