As we speak is the primary New Comedian Ebook Day since Amazon’s large modifications to comiXology went into impact final week. We’ve regarded extensively at these modifications and mentioned some reactions from comics execs and followers, so now we thought it will be useful to supply some alternate options for individuals who want to keep away from the brand new comiXology web site and app utterly.
Sadly, as The Beat’s Dean Simons talked about in his put up, there isn’t a digital comics expertise that’s as easy and excessive definition as comiXology as soon as was (nicely, virtually none). Nevertheless, there are a selection of different choices that comics followers can use to keep away from having to go to the brand new comiXology web site. Listed here are 4 alternate options to comiXology which are obtainable proper now.
1. Writer-Particular Digital Websites
Those that wish to proceed to construct a digital assortment can use a lot of apps and web sites arrange by particular person publishers to take action. Under is an extended record of publishers and what their choices are for purchasing digital comics digital. Many of those web sites share hyperlinks to comiXology to buy comics there, however all of these hyperlinks have, after all, now been damaged.
Of be aware is DC Comics, which presently has no non-comiXology possibility obtainable for buying their titles digitally.
- Darkish Horse – Digital comics might be bought instantly from their web site.
- Dynamite – Digital comics might be bought proper from them.
- Humanoids – Digital comics can be found on their web site.
- IDW – Digital editions can be found on their web site.
- Picture – First points of just about each sequence can be found without cost via their digital reader, however each different digital comedian they provide is just obtainable on comiXology.
- Marvel – Digital comics can be found to buy and browse of their app, which is constructed on the identical framework that the unique comiXology app was so it’ll look actually acquainted to you.
- Insurrection – Digital comics can be found via their web site. The digital copies are in DRM-free kind.
- Valiant – Digital comics via their app.
- Vault – This can be a unusual one, as hyperlinks to digital single points will ship you on to Amazon, however digital collections can be found for buy instantly from the Vault website. There’s no clarification for this on their web site, however bodily copies of each can be found on their storefront. Vault additionally provides a lot of their first points digitally without cost – browse the positioning and see what grabs you.
- VIZ – This additionally a bizarre case, since sure sequence can be found digitally instantly from the VIZ website, whereas others will ship you to Amazon, Google Play, iBooks, or Nook. I assume that is as a result of Shonen Bounce subscription service, although it’s not very clear. Regardless, VIZ doesn’t provide print copies from their very own web site.
The next publishers sadly solely provide digital copies via Amazon, however I assumed it will nonetheless be useful to record, because it by no means hurts to remind readers of publishers that aren’t Marvel or DC.
- Ahoy Comics
- BOOM! Studios
- Oni Press
Once more, this record isn’t full, however I’ve added as many choices as I may discover. I’ll proceed to replace as I discover extra or folks let me learn about them.
2. Writer-Particular Subscriptions
There are additionally a lot of publishers who provide subscription providers for studying digital comics, although when utilizing these you received’t ‘personal’ the books. Marvel and DC have their very own apps/desktop experiences with intensive again catalogs, robust filters, and easy-to-use libraries for beneath $10 a month. DC Universe Infinite has a six-month wait between publication and add of latest comics, and Marvel Limitless releases their comics solely three months after launch. I’ve personally used every service earlier than and might say that they’re well-worth the wait.
VIZ provides a separate subscription service particularly for Shonen Bounce Manga, priced at $2 a month for brand spanking new weekly comics. izneo is one other subscription, although it takes comics from non-US publishers (plus a number of US-based) and uploads them for customers all over the world at $8 monthly. The web site additionally sells digital comics individually for studying via their cellular app.
3. Humble Bundle
Fairly regularly, Humble Bundle will provide nice offers for giant bundles of DRM-free editions of comics instantly via their web site, so hold an eye fixed out for these. At the moment Humble Bundle has offers going for books from Insurrection and Dynamite, with proceeds benefiting totally different non-profit organizations.
4. Your Native Library
For readers who wish to learn digital comics and are tremendous with not proudly owning them, and who don’t wish to shell out for a publisher-specific subscription service, hoopla and Libby are library-based apps that permit for readers to take a look at 5 to 10 books at a time, take pleasure in them, after which return them when completed. Neither app is ideal (hoopla doesn’t have the perfect formatting and Libby doesn’t perceive double-page spreads), however publishers normally add new releases inside a number of weeks of popping out — some publishers even put titles on hoopla the identical week of launch — and make them obtainable for free to readers. All you want is a library card and a taking part library.
This solely simply got here out inside the previous two weeks!
In fact, in the event you’re not seeing what you’re searching for in any of those choices, and also you’re open to a format change…
BONUS: Bodily Comics out of your LCS
Bodily copies can at all times be procured from native comedian outlets for individuals who are capable of safely go to them (store native first if attainable!), or their corresponding on-line storefronts. As talked about in my earlier put up, I perceive that this is likely to be difficult for differently-abled folks and those that don’t reside near a store, so it’s really a final resort.