From print to digital, comics have existed as a source of entertainment for a long time thanks to websites like ComiXology. Now, the Amazon-run company has announced its plan to launch a new service called ComiXology Unlimited.
A subscription program similar to Netflix, ComiXology Unlimited will provide comic readers “endless access” to digital titles ranging from graphic novels to manga (selected publishers). Readers can enjoy thousands of titles at the price of $5.99 per month on the web, iOS and Android platforms, as well via the ComiXology mobile app.
According to The Verge, this isn’t the first time the comic realm has tried a service like this. Marvel publishers already have a subscription plan called Marvel Unlimited, which costs $9.99 per month. But the “Netflix for comics” is taking a leap by allowing readers access to different publishers. Moreover, following the same strategy model by Netflix, the company is providing a 30-day free trial service to all users.
During their announcement, ComiXology CEO David Steinberger told EW, “It sounds silly but our mission is to make everyone on the planet a comics fan, That’s really hard to do by just throwing them into the middle of 100,000 comic books. It’s a lot easier if people have a very low risk opportunity to discover comics for themselves and just really take their time with the catalog.”
To gain more traction, ComiXology has announced that the plan will have the following publishers: Archie Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Valiant Entertainment, and more (according to a report published by Comic Book Resources).
Although the service offers vast number of titles like “The Walking Dead” and “Attack on Titan,” publishers like DC and Marvel haven’t been included in the subscription plan. We presume further plans will be introduced at a higher price for other publishers based on initial success.
ComiXology Unlimited is currently available in the United States and will soon be launching in other regions as well. Click here to sign up for the 30-day free trial.
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