2000 AD Launches A New Digital App With DRM-Free Downloads And Massive Year-Long Bundles
Given that 2000 AD is literally a comic book from the far-off future of the year 2000 --- and also possibly from space, I'm not really quite clear on how it all works yet --- it shouldn't be too surprising that it was a pretty early adopter in terms of digital comics. It's been offering same-day DRM-free downloads through its website for a while now, but this week it took the next step: A new app for Android and iOS devices that offers readers the chance to subscribe, read and download comics every week, as well as catch up on back issues with discounted bundles.
And when I say "bundles," I mean bundles. While it's not difficult to find deals on story arcs, the 2000 AD app allows readers to buy back issues a year at a time. And considering that the magazine is published weekly, that's a whole lot of comics.
As you may already know if you've been keeping up with our weekly recommendations, the staff here at CA are pretty big fans of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd, and I have to imagine that the ability to get an entire year's worth of comics in one shot is one that's going to be pretty tempting for a lot of readers. If nothing else, it'll allow you to catch up on storylines you may have missed.
From the official press release, there's also the news that if you've been buying digitally through the existing Apple Newsstand store, your purchases will carry over to the new app:
To celebrate the launch, new bundle deals allow readers to save around a quarter by buying an entire year’s worth of issues in one go. You can plug gaps in your collection with bundles of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Megazine from 2010, 2011, and 2012, with further deals in the future – and more years to be added.
Due to the terms and conditions for ios Newsstand apps, the old 2000 AD app will continue to publish just 2000 AD under the new name ‘The Weekly Prog from 2000 AD’, while the Judge Dredd Megazine, 2000 AD specials, and our huge range of classic and new graphic novels will be available in the new app.
Current subscribers can log-in to the new app with their old details and download their purchases free of charge!
The app can be found on the iTunes store or Android Marketplace, or by going to 2000ADonline.com.