ComiXology sent out a little horn tooting this morning, but it was deserved. The Comics by comiXology iOS app charted as iTunes’ #1 Top Grossing non-game iPad App for 2013 and ranked #11 overall.
They also released some new stats: they have served over 6 billion pages of comic books and graphic novels – up from 2 billion pages this time last year.
So four billion comics pages served in 2013.
While comics ranked behind such tablet powerhouses as the Ken-Nordine powered Candy Crush Saga, Clash of the Clans (join my alliance!) and Hay Day, it still beat out The New York Times, Minecraft, Pandora, People Magazine, The New Yorker and so on.
When Comixology rolls out stats such as the four billion pages served above, many folks wonder if this includes a lot of “free” content—undoubtedly it does, but Comixology’s ranking on the iPad app list for 2013 shows it sold a lot of comics as well, and why comics have captured the attention of all the digital giants.
“In a billion dollar marketplace with competition between over a million apps, it’s gratifying to rank as the Top Grossing non-game iPad App in the entire iTunes App Store,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger in a statement.
They also noted that they powered all three Top 100 ranking book apps, representing 14% of the non-game apps in the entire 2013 iPad Top 100 Grossing list.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.