Scribd To Add Over 10,000 Comics To Subscription Service
A Netflix (or perhaps a Spotify) for comics may have arrived.
Scribd, an online depository of books and audiobooks that gives subscribers unlimited access to a massive library for an $8.99 per month subscription fee, announced today that it has added more than 10,000 comics from publishers including Marvel, Valiant, IDW/Top Shelf, Archie, Boom Studios, Top Cow, and Arcana to its subscription service.
The company hasn't specified exactly which comics are available. It certainly can't include everything on Marvel's $9.99-per-month Unlimited service, which already includes more than 15,000 Marvel books. If we were to speculate, we might guess that Scribd subscribers will get introductory arcs of ongoing series, leaving them to have to buy individual issues of subsequent arcs.
Also, it's worth nothing that DC Comics is conspicuously absent from the list of publishers.
Still, access to a library of more than 10,000 comics (plus thousands of non-comic books) for about nine bucks a month is pretty impressive, and an added bonus for people already subscribing to the service.
According to a Scribd press release, subscribers will be able to search comics not only by character and series, but will also have the option to browse curated lists of categories including incredible team-ups, classic Marvel moments, zombie horror, 'Welcome to Riverdale', funny women and supernatural Romance.
I've got to say, I'm interested to see what falls in that supernatural romance category.
Users can use Scribd across devices: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook tablets, and on the web, and new subscribers can try out out the service for one month for free.