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Hello Comics fans,Goodbye ComiXology
Farewell to the app
In news that has surprised no one but disappointed many, the ComiXology app is to be no more.
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After being bought by Amazon, the app has undergone many downgrades since the time when the app was the app for all your digital comics needs.
ComiXology was always something for me. Comic shops were few and far between, and occasionally, I could get some of the more popular graphic novels at bookshops or UK-only books at a newsagent. Still, ComiXology introduced me to Invincible, Atomic Robo and more.
After being bought out by Amazon, the app has gone downhill since. Finding comics and buying comics became harder - especially buying in-app, and the push to the Kindle app was obvious for all to see.
Not that there is anything wrong with the Kindle app - yes, it needs to be better for comics, but surely that can be sorted.
Luckily for us, the market has changed. There are now more options for those who want to move away from Amazon. Marvel and DC have their own Infinite and Unlimited services and the options available from GlobalComix and the new Omnibus app. There is a Dark Horse Comics standalone app and digital comics on DriveThruComics, too.
Amazon has provided an update on what we can expect from their new combined reading service starting December 4, 2023.
Your library in the Kindle app now groups your issues, volumes, and omnibuses from the same series together.
The Kindle app now allows you to hide and unhide specific comics, graphic novels, and manga in your library. Titles you’ve already set to hide via the Comixology app will automatically be hidden in the Kindle app.
With your complete library of books now conveniently in one place, you can select ‘Comics & Manga’ from the in-app filter menu to quickly find just your comics, graphic novels, and manga titles.
Members of Kindle Unlimited, or Amazon Prime can borrow comics, graphic novels, and manga titles directly in app. Tap the ‘Home’ button from the bottom nav, select the ‘Explore’ button in the top left directly under the search bar, then select the ‘Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels’ button listed under the ‘More categories’ label. You may also continue to browse for content on the web via www.amazon.co.uk/comixology.
You may also continue to read your Comixology books on the web via read.amazon.co.uk. If you prefer to read on your Kindle E-reader, you can go to Your Content and Devices to send individual titles to download on your e-reader.
Time will tell if these updates placate the digital comics reading community.
What are your thoughts?