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ComiXology’s New iOS App Removes In-App Storefront, Shifts Apple Customers To Web Store

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Digital comics retailer ComiXology announced on Saturday that it was "retiring" its existing iOS applications for iPhone and iPad and replacing them with a new version that does not include the ability to make in-app purchases, one of the platform's most signature and popular features. The iOS app's storefront is simply gone, leaving only a reader app in its place. Going forward, iOS users will have to pursue the less direct path of buying their digital comics from ComiXology's Web interface and later syncing them to their devices using the new app. This process circumvents Apple -- whose iTunes App Store takes 30% of all in-app purchases from all vendors in the IOS marketplace -- and thereby presumably frees up more profit for comic book publishers and/or comic book creators.

Presently, ComiXology's branded iOS apps for DC, Marvel, Image and IDW are working as they have been. The Android app has also been updated, and users can make in-app purchases with a new integrated storefront instead of through Google Play.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after ComiXology and Apple rival Amazon.com announced that the latter was acquiring the former, and the new iOS process resembles that which Amazon's Kindle customers have followed to use those products on Apple devices.

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Comic Creator For eBook Conversion

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Comic creators looking to sell their self-published or indie comics in Amazon's Kindle store now have a way to make it happen with the new Kindle Comic Creator, a tool the e-commerce giant quietly rolled out last week.

From the looks of it, the tool is j

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Link Ink: Teenage Mutant Ninja Pancakes, Digital She-Ra And Marvel On The Kindle

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Baked Goods: Clutzygeek transforms the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into delicious (and turtle-free) pancakes.

Digital: Select Marvel graphic novels are now available in the Amazon Kindle store.

Upcoming: She-Ra is getting a Mas

Link Ink: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Movie Delayed, Marvel Rides at Disney and Librarian Adventures

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Movies: Production on Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles film has been suspended and its release date has been moved from December 2013 to May 2014 due to script problems. Perhaps the universally hated "alien turtles" angle proved to be an issue?

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The 15 Best Free Comics on the Kindle Fire

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Like some lucky readers out there, I got a Kindle Fire for the holidays. It was a complete surprise, especially considering that I didn't ask for one, and didn't even really want one. Despite all the good news I'd heard about the Comixology app, my tactile orientation made it hard for me to get along with the idea of digital comics, but being so poor I only bought maybe a dozen comics last year has changed my opinion. Discounted

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Barnes and Noble Pulls All Amazon Kindle-Exclusive DC Comics Titles from Stores [Updated]

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Last week, DC Comics announced that it would be digitally releasing 100 backlist graphic novels exclusively on the Kindle Fire, an Amazon-owned e-reader, including classics like The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. This decision did not go over well with mega-retailer Barnes and Noble, whose Nook e-reader was excluded by the deal, and has now decided

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Amazon’s New Kindle Fire Has Digital Comic Readers In Mind

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Amazon let loose its new lineup of Kindle readers today, but the arguably most impressive -- and the most sexy -- is the Fire, an iPad-like $199 multitouch tablet with an emphasis on multimedia entertainment. Though it doesn't pack the power of the $499+ iPad 2, the Fire's free Amazon cloud storage, Flash-supporting Silk web browser and other features might interest those in the market for a tablet. The device's 7" diagonal display may make it less attractive to consumers than th

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Amazon Fees Makes Kindle Even More Useless for Comics

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For some reason there have always been people eager to read comic books on traditional e-readers like Amazon's Kindle, even with the advent of full-color, multi-purpose devices like Apple's iPad. Those e-reading comics fans will

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Archaia’s ‘Tumor’ Hits Kindle Before Print

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Despite the industry norm of translating printed comics to digital formats, Archaia Comics is experimenting with a digital-to-print model with its debut of the new "Tumor" graphic novel by Joshua Fialkov ("Elk's Run") and Noel Tuazon ("Graphic Classics").

The specially formatted original graphic no

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Link Ink — Zombies My Little Ponies, Tintin vs. Predator

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-- The My Little Ponies have been resurrected ­ and they want your brains! (BoingBoing)

-- Finally, a crossover I can believe in: ­ Jesse Hamm creates "Tintin vs. Predator." You heard me. (Journalista)

-- In NYC for MOCCA this weekend? The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) and PW¹s THE BEAT throw it

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