ComiXology changes app payment systems to avoid app store fees
(Updated with Comixology statement) ComiXology, the digital comic book service, has changed the way it handles the purchases of new titles. In the updated iOS version of the app, the Amazon-owned retailer has removed the ability to buy comics as an in-app purchase, forcing users to instead make their purchases through the website for later downloading through the read-only app.
Deal gives Amazon exclusive control of DC online distribution
Amazon today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire digital comics vendor ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. ComiXology developed and distributes the engine used by most major comic book publishers in the United States, including Marvel and DC Comics for their privately-branded digital services.
Warning e-mail from ComiXology states no payment details at risk
Digital comic book retailer ComiXology is asking all of its customers to reset their passwords, as a precautionary measure following an intrusion. An e-mail sent to users of the comic book store and reader app states that an "unauthorized individual" had gained access to a database containing usernames, e-mail addresses, and "cryptographically protected" passwords.
Apple approves content, issue to be available on iBookstore, ComiXology
(Updated with response from comic creator) Following the author reporting that Apple had banned an issue of an adult-oriented comic, the Cupertino manufacturer came under some fire for inconsistent application of its own standards. A new statement by ComiXology has denied that Apple had anything to do with the ban, and the comics storefront self-censored it out of respect for what it erroneously interpreted to be Apple's policies.
Marvel reintroduces free comic promotion
During last month's SXSW festival Marvel and comiXology announced they would be giving away more than 700 of their number one issues. However, the high demand crashed the company's servers and forced them to postpone the promotion. This morning the company held true to its promise and announced that it will be sending out invites to download the comics in batches to reduce server load. Customer's interested in accessing the free comics must sign up for an account on Marvel's promo page before midnight EST on April 9, and can expect to receive an invite by April 11.
Back issues added over time; 70 titles added today
Publisher DC comics announced that it is expanding digital offerings beyond just its own application. Effective immediately, the Apple iBookstore, Kindle Store, and Nook Book Store will all offer the same weekly issues that only the Comixology and DC Comics applications previously carried.
Notion Ink Adam ahead of schedule, to get comics
Notion Ink had good news for itsAdam tablet today as company founder Rohan Shravan explained that the hardware is ahead of schedule. It should reach FCC certification in the US a week earlier than first thought and should be ready to sell to the US and elsewhere shortly after early November. The firm had still thought it would have the Adam out by the end of 2010 but now is more likely to arrive on time.