Comixology, the digital comedian guide arm of the almighty Amazon, is a standout service that brings titles from a wide selection of publishers, together with DC, Picture, and Marvel, to net browsers and Android and iOS cellular apps. Comixology has a superb Guided View mode that makes studying a pleasure on small units, digital comics that launch on the identical day as print editions, high-definition comedian ebook information that render stunningly on HD shows, and an Limitless studying plan that would probably prevent plenty of dough. Merely put, Comixology is a near-perfect mixture of digital comedian guide retailer and reader.
An Intro to Digital Comics
You start by making a devoted Comixology account or logging in together with your present Amazon credentials. Bought digital comics are tied to your account, so you’ll be able to entry the books by way of your PC’s net browser or certainly one of Comixology’s Android or iOS cellular apps. Comixology is free to obtain, however you have to pay for particular person points or the $5.99 per 30 days subscription plan (extra on these choices in a bit).
The reader works cross-platform, too. Once I stopped studying Savage Sword of Conan #1 on Comixology.com, the Android app requested if I needed to proceed the place I’d left off within the browser once I opened the identical situation on my telephone. Those that learn on a number of units will actually respect this function, because it saves you from having to flip via books to seek out your home.
When you have numerous studying tastes, Comixology has you coated. It options titles from a wide selection of main and indie publishers, together with—amongst many others—Antarctic Press, Archie, Growth, Darkish Horse, DC, Dynamite, IDW, Picture, Lion Forge, Marvel, Prime Shelf, Valiant, and Weekly Shonen Bounce. The corporate even has its personal publishing label, Comixology Originals, that options creator-owned miniseries. In a sensible transfer that recollects how Netflix releases content material, these titles drop all of their points directly. Comixology additionally offers a print-on-demand service for Originals books, too, simply in case you need them in bodily type.
Comixology’s Android and iOS Apps
As talked about, Comixology can also be out there for Android and iOS. The apps deliver the Comixology expertise to cellular units, with a panel-by-panel Guided View format that makes studying books on small screens surprisingly fulfilling.
Each variations allow you to browse the Comixology retailer, add gadgets to your wishlist, and skim books; however the purchasing and checkout experiences are the most important variations between the Android and iOS apps. The Android model enables you to make purchases from inside the app, whereas the iOS model calls for you make purchases via your smartphone’s cellular browser.
From a enterprise standpoint, I can perceive why Comixology determined to go this route with the iOS app; giving Apple a reduce of every buy is a number of misplaced income. Nevertheless, as a frequent Comixology consumer, I discover that the shortage of an built-in retailer hinders the browse-and-buy simplicity.
Comixology’s house display accommodates a slider that highlights scorching new releases, digital gross sales, and company-related bulletins. Under which might be sections that showcase titles unique to the platform, in addition to themed gross sales (for instance, Comixology slashed the worth of varied Captain Marvel titles to coincide with Carol Danvers’ cinematic debut). In a column on the fitting aspect of the interface are hyperlinks to free books, graphic novels, Prime 10 Bestsellers, and different areas of curiosity.
Comixology’s menus offer you quite a few methods to browse books: By collection, story arcs, scores, writer, style, creators, and different standards. You’ll be able to, in fact, additionally seek for titles or artists utilizing a built-in search perform. Books can be found for buy on the identical day that print points hit brick-and-mortar shops usually, so that you don’t have to fret about ready to learn Man and Superman since you determined to go digital.
Shopping for Digital Comics
If you discover a guide that pursuits you, click on a problem icon to see its synopsis, creator credit, pricing, score, and pattern pages you possibly can attempt earlier than shopping for. Constructing a digital comedian guide assortment is so simple as clicking worth icons to put the comics into the purchasing cart, after which clicking the Buy icon. You may also add titles to a wishlist to purchase them at a later time. The potent mixture of accessibility and ease of use signifies that comics-heads might have to point out some restraint to be able to not drain their wallets.
Then again, pricing might deter rampant spending. New digital comics are priced precisely the identical as their paper-and-ink counterparts, which from a shopper’s perspective is a tad ludicrous. For instance, Black Lightning: Chilly Lifeless Arms #1 is $three.99—the identical as its bodily counterpart. There are quite a few freebies and 99-cent points in Comixology’s catalog, however $2.99 to $three.99 pricing seems to be the norm (collections, naturally, value extra, however you get extra bang for the buck).
Sadly, many pre-1980s books are lacking in motion. The massive holes within the Spitfire and the Troubleshooters collection, for instance, are disappointing. The rival Marvel Limitless all-you-can-read subscription service has many books that haven’t but appeared in Comixology, in order that’s value testing should you’re on the lookout for again points. That stated, Comixology is engaged on digitizing many old-school comics.
In truth, Comixology sells many books from the pre-superhero period, reminiscent of Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, and Bizarre Love. So, in a method, Comixology has grow to be an unimaginable comics archive, with titles spanning many eras.
If shopping for particular person comics and collections isn’t precisely your bag, Comixology Limitless might show engaging. The all-you-can-eat subscription service permits you to learn greater than 20,000 choose comics from quite a lot of publishers, together with Archie, DC, Darkish Horse, Fantagraphics, and Marvel. Comixology Limitless is an incredible worth to US readers (it’s set to roll out to different areas sooner or later), because the service allows you to discover new titles at zero monetary danger past the month-to-month service cost.
Sadly, Comixology Limitless solely features a fraction of Comixology’s complete library. In fact, when you finish your subscription, you lose entry to the comics that you simply didn’t buy. That stated, the titles you purchase as a Comixology Limitless subscriber obtain at the least a 10-percent low cost (and the low cost stacks with some other gross sales that Comixology has in the intervening time).
The corporate provides a 30-day free trial to Comixology Limitless, so you’ll be able to attempt earlier than you subscribe. Comixology additionally enables you to buy curated bundles, purchase present playing cards for others, and subscribe to collection—one thing you could’t do on the cellular aspect.
The Comixology Studying Expertise
Comixology provides you many methods to learn your titles. You’ll be able to scroll via a problem web page by web page, hearth up a double-page view, or use Comixology’s patented Guided View know-how. Activated by clicking the GV icon, Guided View simulates the move of studying by guiding you from one panel to a different whenever you click on the on-screen navigation arrows (or faucet your keyboard’s left/proper arrow keys).
The Match to Width (discovered within the Settings choice) and Zoom modes additionally allow you to management the digital camera for a extra pleasurable viewing expertise. Comixology’s a number of viewing choices let me take pleasure in my comics no matter my gadget’s display measurement.
Comixology’s Sensible Lists aren’t revolutionary, however they provide you useful, at-a-glance details about your digital comics assortment. They allow you to shortly monitor what you’ve been studying with the In Progress and Unread lists, present what you’ve purchased with the Just lately Bought record, and supply a brand new strategy to keep your Want Listing.
One other addition is the Beneficial for You listing, which provides you personalised suggestions based mostly on comedian books you’ve bought. For instance, the Advisable for You listing prompted me to take a look at points in a collection that I had but to buy (Excellent #three), in addition to books associated to others I already owned (EC Archives: Crime SuspenStories #2).
By visiting Comixology.com, you possibly can obtain comics to your PC’s desktop within the DRM-free CBZ and PDF codecs. This implies you’ll be able to learn books bought from Comixology in digital comedian e-book apps, resembling Good Viewer and YACReader when you switch the information out of your PC to your cellular gadget. Sadly, you can’t obtain DRM-free comics by way of Comixology’s cellular apps.
Sadly, and never completely unexpectedly, DC and Marvel haven’t joined the DRM-free digital comics motion. Nevertheless, Motion Lab, Aspen, Blind Ferret, Caliber, Artistic Impulse, Dynamite, GT Labs, IDW, Picture, Kingstone, Monkeybrains, Oni, Fantagraphics, Th3d World, Thrillbent, Prime Cow, Valiant, and Zenescope have kicked DRM to the curb. For those who obtain the DRM-free comics, you’ll be able to nonetheless leverage Comixology’s DRM to sync books throughout a number of units—it’s one of the best of each worlds. Regardless of Amazon proudly owning Comixology, you possibly can’t lend comics to others as you’ll be able to with Amazon’s Kindle books. I hope that modifications within the close to future.
Digital Comics Dominance
Comedian ebook followers who need to purchase and skim their digital comics on a desktop or laptop computer moderately than on a smartphone or pill will love Comixology. There are again catalog gaps, however for those who choose studying Transmetropolitan with out worrying about mylar luggage and backing boards, Editors’ Selection Comixology is a wonderful solution to learn digital comics on a pc, smartphone, or pill.
When you’re prepared to start utilizing the service, take a look at these helpful Comixology ideas, in addition to our month-to-month digital comedian e-book suggestions.