One of the things I’ve been saying for years is that comiXology needs to start offering a subscription system. In essence, you subscribe to your favorite title , and instead of having to go out and download the individual issues, the issues are pushed to you. ComiXology has announced a new subscriptions and bundles feature that nudges digital comic readers one step closer.
Here’s the complete press release:
Today comiXology debuts two new ways to shop that comic book fans have been clamoring for – subscriptions and bundles. Subscriptions let fans everywhere subscribe to their favorite series so they’ll never miss an issue. Bundles allow comiXology fans to buy curated collections – be it entire series, or multi-issue events – at steep discounts and all at a click of a button.
And while purchases made with either of these features allow comiXology fans to read their comics anywhere and on any device, fans wanting to take advantage of the of subscriptions and bundles features will need to shop at www.comiXology.com.
“Every hour of every day, everyone at comiXology is thinking about how to make it easier for comiXology fans to get the comics they love,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “With subscriptions and bundles we’ve taken yet another step in delivering the great experience that our users deserve.”
“We are excited to help our customers get their favorite series automatically with our new subscription functionality – it means you don’t have to remember when the next issue comes out and you’ll be notified when it is ready to read on your device,” said comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts. “And with comiXology bundles isn’t it great that you can now get bundles of great titles at significant savings with just one click? I can’t wait for our customers to see both features in action.”
Currently subscriptions are offered for every ongoing title on the entire comiXology platform – just click the “Subscribe to Series” button for the series on comiXology.com
The debut bundles – all offering deep savings – currently available to purchase are:
• Marvel – Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender – The Complete Series
• Marvel – X-Men: Schism – The Complete Event
• Marvel – Infinity Gauntlet Trilogy
• Marvel – Marvel Masterworks
• Marvel – Wolverine: Origins – The Complete Series
• Marvel – Marvel NOW! Starter Bundle
• MonkeyBrain – MonkeyBrain Firsts
• Valiant – Valiant Starter Bundle
• Archaia – Archaia Digital Firsts
• BOOM! Studios – Adventure Time Bundle
• Dynamite Entertainment – Project Superpowers Bundle
• Fantagraphics – Love & Rockets: Locas Bundle
• IDW – Richard Stark’s Parker Omnibus
• IDW – Joe Hill Sampler
• Image – Image Collections Starter Bundle
• Image – Chew Bundle
• Zenescope – Zenescope Starter Bundle
Last week, comiXology was in the news when they unveiled their 3.3 iOS upgrade of the comiXology app that not only included two new reading enhancements – Fit-to-width, and Show Two Pages – but also debuted French language navigation in comiXology’s iOS application.
Hand-in-hand with this minor iOS upgrade that had major benefits, comiXology debuted content from 14 French publisher that together make up almost 40% of the entire French bandes dessinée, comic book, graphic novel, and manga market. Providing new and existing comiXology fans the opportunity to purchase and experience content in the language of their choice is part of comiXology’s global expansion strategy.
With over 35,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of English language digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s availability across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web makes it the best digital platform for newly interested, current and lapsed comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.
Founded in 2007, comiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top 10 grossing iPad apps in both 2011 and 2012. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City. For more information visit www.comixology.com.
So the big thing that needs to still be worked out is the ability to purchase a subscription via your digital device, but this is a step in the right direction. Why not make the purchase through the apps? For iPad users, it means ComiXology doesn’t have to split the money with Apple…