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MacRumors
Mar 11, 2013, 01:11 PM
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As part of a South by Southwest (http://sxsw.com) promotion, Marvel has announced (via The New York Times (http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/marvel-comics-introduces-redesigned-apps-and-new-video-programming/)) that it is giving away (http://marvel.com/news/story/20260/sxsw_2013_marvel_1) more than 700 of its No.1 issues through its Marvel Comics iOS app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marvel-comics/id350027738?mt=8) and web store (http://comicstore.marvel.com).

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/marvelfreeissues.jpg"This is the perfect way to show everyone how much we believe in our material by letting them try the first issues for free, because we're sure once they start, they won't stop," says Marvel SVP - Sales, Digital & Print David Gabriel. "Week in and week out we ask fans to come check out our new releases--both in print and digitally--with the promise that we'll bring them the best comics made by the best talent and managed by the best editorial team in the industry. Now, existing and news fans [alike] can discover the heroes they know and love and learn about new ones all at the same time."The inaugural issue of each comic book line can be downloaded for free, a significant discount from the standard $1.99 to $3.99 price. Marvel is running the promotion in order to attract new readers, offering recent comics like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men alongside classics like Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four.

Marvel's sale began on Sunday night and will last through Tuesday at 11 p.m. Eastern time. The comics can be downloaded via the web or through the Marvel Comics app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marvel-comics/id350027738?mt=8).

Article Link: Marvel Releases 700 First Issue Comics for Free via Marvel Comics iOS App (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/11/marvel-releases-700-first-issue-comics-for-free-via-marvel-comics-ios-app/)



komodrone
Mar 11, 2013, 01:13 PM
Marvelous

tevion5
Mar 11, 2013, 01:15 PM
Well there's clever marketing.

iPusch
Mar 11, 2013, 01:15 PM
Still not interested :rolleyes:

nutmac
Mar 11, 2013, 01:16 PM
Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.

bushido
Mar 11, 2013, 01:20 PM
they r pulling an apple. server down

MrXiro
Mar 11, 2013, 01:20 PM
Meh.

I guess it's good to get new readers hooked... useless if you're already a fan and read most of these before.

kgallag1
Mar 11, 2013, 01:37 PM
Kinda neat for someone like me. I've read a few comics here and there, but didn't get into them when I was younger. Often liked the stories, though, so having a bunch of intros could be fun.

Nermal
Mar 11, 2013, 01:41 PM
Both the website and iOS app are completely borked.

I tried to download some yesterday.

"Download error"
"Download error"
"Invalid username or password"
"Download error"

It looks like today isn't any better :rolleyes:

Yvan256
Mar 11, 2013, 01:47 PM
They are pulling an Electronic Arts. Server down.

Fixed that for you.

rmwebs
Mar 11, 2013, 01:54 PM
Good for those who like Marvel comics I guess. Not a comic reader myself so have no idea how good they are.

Thank Disney for this one tho :)

tarasis
Mar 11, 2013, 02:15 PM
Cool you mentioned this but it is worth pointing out that they are struggling with requests ATM. The site and app have been largely unusable for the last 24 hours.

TsMkLg068426
Mar 11, 2013, 02:21 PM
Tried to sign up and can nto connect to server:mad::confused:


I thought the internet has improved?

SoldOnApple
Mar 11, 2013, 02:32 PM
Why not make all issue 1's free forever? If you like the first issue, then you'll buy the rest, surely.

needfx
Mar 11, 2013, 02:43 PM
Errors...Assemble!

ncaissie
Mar 11, 2013, 02:47 PM
Why not make all issue 1's free forever? If you like the first issue, then you'll buy the rest, surely.

That would make to much sense. Although Crack dealers know this business model. LOL :rolleyes:

milo
Mar 11, 2013, 03:28 PM
So there are 700 comics available to download and the promotion expires tomorrow night? No wonder their servers are getting absolutely crushed.

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 11, 2013, 03:34 PM
So there are 700 comics available to download and the promotion expires tomorrow night? No wonder their servers are getting absolutely crushed.

Yep. I agree they should make them free in perpetuity. I managed to load the front page of their webstore today. once. But it's hopeless trying to get any further. Here's hoping they'll fix it by the time the sale runs out!

ghettochris
Mar 11, 2013, 04:36 PM
here's an idea, for both them and for apple's itunes TV shows, always have the first episode for free. Maybe even the first 10-15 minutes of any movie. For movies, you lose nothing by doing this, and for TV shows, I can just about guarantee you will get more people to buy the 2nd episodes and maybe get hooked on the show than you will lose a couple dollars from someone who was going to buy the whole show anyway. I know apple would love to do this, we just need to get the networks/studios to get their head out of their asses.

TL;DR-Season 1, episode 1 should always be free.

Hackfix21
Mar 11, 2013, 07:30 PM
still not working.

thehustleman
Mar 11, 2013, 07:52 PM
And people wonder why piracy is so huge

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 11, 2013, 08:47 PM
I gather they've pulled the sale for now till they fix the server issues. The few times I can get onto the sale page, the comics are coming up @$1.99 or $3.99, not free.
Am downloading the app on my iPhone to see if that's any better

chadua
Mar 11, 2013, 09:58 PM
I gather they've pulled the sale for now till they fix the server issues. The few times I can get onto the sale page, the comics are coming up @$1.99 or $3.99, not free.
Am downloading the app on my iPhone to see if that's any better

You are correct http://blog.comixology.com/2013/03/11/message-from-the-ceo/

skottichan
Mar 11, 2013, 10:59 PM
It was crashing ComiXology as well (those of us who have our Marvel accounts synched). I tried to pick up Sif & Rescue #1's, it sees that I purchased them, but it will not let me download at all (I get download errors).

APlotdevice
Mar 12, 2013, 12:19 AM
I hope Marvel extends the deal to compensate for this prolonged **** up with their servers.

Pueblo
Mar 12, 2013, 12:36 AM
Error, error, error..."not recognized", and all these types of problems even 12 hours later.
Obvious they did not prepare for this campaign. Achieved the opposite they were going for.

jagolden
Mar 12, 2013, 06:13 AM
Error, error, error..."not recognized", and all these types of problems even 12 hours later.
Obvious they did not prepare for this campaign. Achieved the opposite they were going for.

Completely agree. I'm much more annoyed now than looking forward to reading some issues.

By time they fix this I'll probably have moved on to something else and forget about this.

rhett7660
Mar 12, 2013, 08:44 AM
Yup still getting error's here too. Even the web site was slow last night, however today it was moving a little faster.

JAT
Mar 12, 2013, 11:53 AM
You are correct http://blog.comixology.com/2013/03/11/message-from-the-ceo/

We don’t like letting you down. ...

To that end, we’re pausing the Marvel Comics #1 promotion for the time being.
So their solution to high demand is to stop providing the product. Well, that'll make sure all the sorta-fans that were kinda checking this out will not become actual customers.

chadua
Mar 12, 2013, 11:12 PM
So their solution to high demand is to stop providing the product. Well, that'll make sure all the sorta-fans that were kinda checking this out will not become actual customers.

They are going to reoffer the free issues in the future (there is a sign up to be notified when it happens) after they have their servers in a state where people can actually claim them instead of getting errors. Don't forget that thousands of people trying to download 700 comics for nothing pretty much shut down their actual business and service for two whole days while their servers were down. I couldn't even download comics that I already owned that weren't on my device. Free comics isn't a product it's a promotion and one that is still being offered once they are actually capable of doing it.

Obviously they dropped the ball big time, but they didn't just cancel the promotion.

starbird
Mar 13, 2013, 05:15 AM
They are going to reoffer the free issues in the future (there is a sign up to be notified when it happens) after they have their servers in a state where people can actually claim them instead of getting errors. Don't forget that thousands of people trying to download 700 comics for nothing pretty much shut down their actual business and service for two whole days while their servers were down. I couldn't even download comics that I already owned that weren't on my device. Free comics isn't a product it's a promotion and one that is still being offered once they are actually capable of doing it.

Obviously they dropped the ball big time, but they didn't just cancel the promotion.

Where is the sign up? I got an email from comixology, but the marvel app had nothing.

chadua
Mar 14, 2013, 03:30 PM
Where is the sign up? I got an email from comixology, but the marvel app had nothing.

I can't find it now. I think it was here http://marvel.com/news/story/20260/sxsw_2013_marvel_1_updated looks like they removed the sign up link though. I could be wrong about where it was. I'll look for it some more and let you know.

Nermal
Mar 14, 2013, 03:45 PM
Now that the server load has dropped off, I was able to download the comics that I "bought" when this promotion was running. Everything seems to be working now, although the app itself is clunky and the comics don't go into iBooks. They also appear to be in a strange format as I can't find any PDF or ePub files when I poke around in the app data.

fruitpunch.ben
Mar 15, 2013, 09:09 AM
Now that the server load has dropped off, I was able to download the comics that I "bought" when this promotion was running. Everything seems to be working now, although the app itself is clunky and the comics don't go into iBooks. They also appear to be in a strange format as I can't find any PDF or ePub files when I poke around in the app data.

Ever heard of DRM? You're not going to find pdf or ePub files, nor are you going to be able to open them in iBooks.
DRM is the whole reason Marvel got into this problem in the first place

Nermal
Mar 15, 2013, 03:08 PM
Ever heard of DRM? You're not going to find pdf or ePub files, nor are you going to be able to open them in iBooks.
DRM is the whole reason Marvel got into this problem in the first place

Yes, I have heard of DRM but this is the first mention of it in the thread. It's only reasonable to expect that books bought in iOS would end up in iBooks, so upon finding that they don't I decided to post in the thread and let everyone know. For people that want "normal" ebooks, they can save themselves the struggle when the promotion resumes.

APlotdevice
Mar 15, 2013, 04:55 PM
Yes, I have heard of DRM but this is the first mention of it in the thread. It's only reasonable to expect that books bought in iOS would end up in iBooks, so upon finding that they don't I decided to post in the thread and let everyone know. For people that want "normal" ebooks, they can save themselves the struggle when the promotion resumes.

Only purchases made in the iBooks store will automatically appear in iBooks. For the kind of integration you're looking for iBooks would have to be part of the operating system, which of course it currently is not.