Starting today, ComiXology is spreading some digital good cheer.
From now until Friday, Dec. 20, the digital comics platform will be giving away one free comic every day. They're calling it the 12 Days of Free Comics. ComiXology users even send the comics as gifts to friends and family members, at no charge.
One of the cornerstones of DC Comics' current publishing strategy is expanding its digital distribution. In addition to producing a handful of new digital first series, the publisher has previously offered digital versions of many of its popular graphic novels. So it comes as little surprise that DC Comics announced an extensive list of its collections and graphic novels that are now available via Comixology and Google Play.
ComiXology, the comic industry's leading digital comics platform, hit a major milestone this month with its 200 millionth digital download.
That marks substantial growth for the company, which hit the 100 million downloads mark only last year. ComiXology was founded in 2007, and its digital reader app launched in 2009, meaning that readers have downloaded as many comics through the app in the past year as they did in the first three.
This was a big day for Image Comics. At their annual Image Expo, the publisher announced several upcoming titles from top flight creators. Mixed in with all of those announcements, however, was rather significant news about its digital content: starting today, Image Comics is now selling DRM-free digital versions of all its digital comics on its newly relaunched website, making it the first major U.S. comics publisher to make such a move.
Despite its tremendous recent growth, one of the ways in which ComiXology was still a bit behind for many digital readers was in subscriptions for ongoing titles. That's all changed as of this morning, as the online store has announced subscription services for all ongoing titles as well as bundle packages, allowing customers to purchase curated collections at discounted prices.
DC Comics' pricing policy for digital comics has changed. Earlier today Comic Book Resources broke the news that DC has extended its window for reducing prices on its same-day digital comics released on ComiXology.
At 2PM Eastern on Sunday, March 10, Marvel announced at the South by Southwest Interactive conference -- among a bunch of interesting new announcements regarding the intersections between digital media and comics -- that they were promoting the digital comics medium, and their own books, by offering over 700 first issues for free through the wildly popular and borderline monopolistic Comixology cloud-based platform.
It's been a few months since ComiXology teased its plan to more broadly open its digital distribution doors to independent comics creators, but starting right now, individuals can submit their own creator-owned material straight to the digital distributor via the ComiXology Submit portal.Submitting to ComiXology requires a user account (the same one users already have set up t
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