Digital comics

What is ComiXology? Amazon’s digital comics platform, explained

  • ComiXology is a cloud-based digital comic book distributor featuring over 75,000 comics from major publishers such as DC, Marvel, Image, BOOM, IDW, and more.
  • ComiXology offers a two-tier subscription model, including a free option and an unlimited tier at $ 5.99 per month after a 60-day trial.
  • You can read comics through ComiXology on multiple devices, including iOS and Android apps, Amazon Kindle, and desktop web browsers.
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Since its inception in 2007, ComiXology has grown to become a leader in the distribution of digital comics, graphic novels and manga.

The platform’s library contains tens of thousands of comics, including hundreds of free comics, from over 75 publishers such as Lion Forge, Dark Horse, Oni Press, Dynamite, Valiant, independent creators and cartoonists. .

Many digital books are available on the same day as their print editions. And you can use the search feature to find specific titles or artists or ComiXology’s menus to browse new additions by creator, genre, publisher, rating, story, etc.

In addition to its extensive library, ComiXology uses proprietary Guided Viewing Platform technology, giving readers a more immersive experience by allowing them to read panel to panel instead of page to page.

Here’s everything you need to know about ComiXology.

How ComiXology works

You can log into the platform using your Amazon account or if you had an account before ComiXology was purchased by Amazon, your designated ComiXology account. Signing up for ComiXology is free – although the majority of the library isn’t – and you can currently only sign up through an established or newly created Amazon account.

While the digital comic book distributor offers several titles at no cost or for the small price of $ 0.99, the rest of their catalog has to be paid for. Typically, they are the same price as it costs to buy the printed book from a comic book store.

You can purchase individual issues or bundled books at reduced prices, in addition to purchasing entire collections. ComiXology also offers you the possibility to subscribe to your favorite series, so that you never miss the latest issue.

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You can create a free ComiXology account or use your established Amazon account.

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The wishlist feature and gift options make it easier for you and those who buy your comics to follow what you want. You can also use the service’s Now and Unread lists to keep track of what you’ve started reading or the Recommended list to start something new.

And once you’re ready to buy, just add the title to your cart before using the purchase feature to checkout. After payment, you will be able to read the purchased comics instantly.

What is ComiXology Unlimited

After being bought out by Amazon in 2014, the platform introduced an unlimited subscription at $ 5.99 per month. Once on the subscription level, members have access to a selection of over 20,000 comic book titles from various publishers. These can all be read without having to purchase the books.

The digital comics subscription includes ComiXology Originals, independent original comics exclusive to the platform. Unlike the digital distributor’s other offers, which roll out weekly or monthly, these all drop at once, giving you immediate access to every issue. Additionally, those with an Amazon Prime account get access to the free originals from ComiXology as a Prime membership benefit.

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An unlimited subscription gives you the ability to “borrow” 50 comics at a time.

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Although this is a paid level, you do not have free access to the entire ComiXology library. And once you cancel, you’ll lose access to the free content you had. It is also currently only available in the United States, although there are plans to make the service available in other countries.

To help offset this, ComiXology Unlimited is offering a 10-15% discount on all comics that aren’t included in the tier’s free titles.

How to read comics on ComiXology

Once you’ve made a selection and decided on what you’re going to read, the interface is pretty straightforward. The digital reader displays your comics in full screen while you browse the pages using the arrow keys or your computer’s fingers if you are using a mobile device. ComiXology also includes many advanced features that enhance the digital reading experience.

The platform allows readers to browse a number page by page or in a double page view. Settings such as Fit to width and


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help you control visibility and readability. Meanwhile, the platform’s exclusive “guided view” makes comic book reading interactive. Instead of flipping through the pages, use the screen navigation arrows or press the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate your issue panel by panel, giving you a more dynamic, almost cinematic viewing experience.

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There are many tools available to make your reading experience enjoyable.

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And if you prefer to read offline or offline, you can go to ComiXology.com and download your comics to your computer in DRM-free CBZ and PDF formats. This way you can read them in digital comic book apps like Perfect Viewer.

The ComiXology Android and iOS applications

One of the best aspects of ComiXology is its multiplatform integration. Since purchases are tied to your account, you can access your books on any device, including your web browser, Kindle app, or ComiXology Android or iOS mobile app.

Much of what is available through the desktop browser is available on Android and iOS apps, including the platform’s exclusive Guided View feature, which makes it easier for people to read comics on a smaller screen. eyes.

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The app optimizes pages for better reading on smaller screens.

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Applications diverge in one key area, however, namely the purchasing process. Android users can purchase books in the app, but iOS users will be redirected to purchase their comics through their phone’s mobile browser.