ComiXology Retires App, Debuts New Read-Only Version After Amazon Purchase

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    Just two weeks after being purchased by Amazon, digital comic book seller ComiXology has announced that it'll be retiring its app in favor of a new read-only version that requires users to purchase comic books via their website, much like Amazon does with its Kindle app.
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    ComiXology recommends that their users back up their purchases through their ComiXology account and to download the new app to continue reading. However, the current app will still allow users to download and read their current books for a limited time. The Marvel and DC Comics apps, which are powered by ComiXology, appear to be unaffected.

    In 2011, Amazon updated its Kindle app to remove the ability to purchase books from within the app to avoid Apple's in-app subscription and purchases policy, which requires developers to give Apple 30 percent of however much they earn. In contrast, Beats updated its app with in-app subscriptions in an effort to increase subscription sign-ups.

    The new app, Comics - Read Comic Books and Graphic Novels by comiXology is a universal app that's available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: ComiXology Retires App, Debuts New Read-Only Version After Amazon Purchase
     
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    It seems whenever a big company buys a smaller one they ruin things.
     
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    Ugh typical. I liked that i could just buy and download comics via the app, now that's going! Assume this will affect the Marvel & DC Comics app too down the line! Seems like Amazon are aiming to ruin the simplicity of buying comics!
     
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    Puke... this decision is solely profit-based - there's nothing like sacrificing user experience because of greed (and that's aimed at both Apple and Amazon)!

    For the effort of getting on the website, logging in, finding my product and having to input card details etc and then having to sync just to read a comic, I might as well drive to the nearest comic shop and buy it there (or add the few digital comics I collect to my forbidden planet monthly delivery)!

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    ruin the experience on iOS and then make it super easy on whatever second-rate hardware they are peddling - as well as getting more profits.
     
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    This frustrates me. Having bought (and enjoyed) numerous series, including Y which I bought every comic progressively through the app this has made me rethink my policy if buying digital copies online. E-comics need to get a universal standard form that you can read in any app.
     
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    Thanks for ruining the easy experience of buying and reading digital comics, Amazon! I won't be giving Comixology another dime.
     
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    **** you, amazon. Totally dick move. I bought a lot of comics and now I'll just stop. Is there a way to sync comics across to the respective marvel / DC apps presuming they're aren't going to ruin them too.
     
  8. Porco, Apr 26, 2014
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    lol, imagine if a corporation came into your house and said 'Hey, pile up those books you've bought from us… we'll still let you them read them for now'.

    You'd probably call the police, wouldn't you?
     
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    If you get the DC/Marvel apps and sign in with your comixology account, you should see the comics there.
     
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    Unaware companies.

    Why is it that they don't pay attention? I mean, look at what happened to Microsoft's Office 365 subscriptions after they put Office on the app store. Yeah, Apple might take 30%, but they're selling 200% more subscriptions.
     
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    I'm not angry... Other than the fact that I have to download 10GB+ of comics again. :mad:

    EDIT: They gave us $5 credits!!!! :D
     
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    1: Start comixology. Go to purchases
    2: Hit restore in the purchases tab to sync apple purchases with the web
    3: Log into comixology website to use the fiver voucher they gave you.
    4: Download DC / Marvel apps. Check purchases have synced to those.
    5: Download new comixology app to leave a one star review.
    6: delete both comixology apps and Use DC / Marvel.
     
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    Alas some of us read more than just Marvel/DC comics...
     
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    Personally I always go to the Comixology website to make sure they get all of the proceeds. The overall experience on the website for me was much better, plus I never had to worry about being signed in or out (due to app updates or my kid jacking something up.) Obviously it was hella convenient to be able to purchase comics directly from the app, but because I wanted to support Comixology so just about all of my purchases go through their website.
     
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    They have also removed IAP purchases from the Android app as well today.
     
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    They raised the prices, at least in Europe :(
    Will be a lot less bought comics from now on...
     
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    Image use it too. If that's what you're after.
     
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    They did give us credit, but only for iOS users it seems LMAO. I didn't see any mention of the credit in the android email I got, only the iOS one.

    I'm fed up of re-downloading comics, when the app gets messed up on android. Lucky for me my comics appear to be intact on the android app and most of the comics on my iPad are stored in the Star Trek comics app which doesn't appear to have been effected.
     
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    I've been unable to 'restore' my Apple ID-purchased comics with my new Comixology account and it's really annoying. If I log out of Comixology in the old app, I see all my Apple ID purchases. When I log into my Comixology account and then try to restore, I'm prompted to enter my Apple ID and password and then nothing happens. It's incredibly frustrating and I'm irritated with the whole process. I've sought out support, but find it likely that I'm stuck with a bunch of lost purchases. I knew things would go wrong when comics went digital - thank goodness I maintain a majority in real life paper still!
     
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    Not to them. They don't want to have to give Apple 30% and this is the way to avoid it.

    Sucks for us but there it is
     
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    Comixology were perfectly content with this model. This is pure amazon crap.
     
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    Never said otherwise. This move is obviously Amazon since they now own Comixology
     
  24. kazmac, Apr 26, 2014
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    MR powers that be: please ignore the email I sent about this. I missed it on the front page.

    Well, that's it for me and Comixology purchases. If anything will push me back into trade paperbacks and supporting my local comic book store, this will.
     
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    Apple could always breakout a comic focused app of their own and license the comics themselves directly.
     

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