Since the feverish excitement over the announcement of the Kindle Fire, there has been much speculation over just who and what would be comics-based partners for the platform. Although the comiXology app was prominently displayed on promo materials, all involved were mum when asked about the pact. And there has also been speculation about whether Amazon’s panel view mode would be competition for comiXology’s Guided View.
Well, it is now official: the comiXology app will be available at the Kindle Fire’s debut:
ComiXology, the leading distributor of digital comics, is proud to announce the launch of their Comics by comiXology App for Kindle Fire and the Amazon Appstore for Android. Debuting as one of the free apps on Amazon’s Kindle Fire, comiXology’s Comics App will deliver to Amazon’s Kindle Fire users the best-of-class digital comic book reader, store and retail locator. ComiXology has thousands of comic books from the top-selling publishers, offering a wide array of comic books for readers of all types.
“Comics have arrived!” said David Steinberger, CEO and co-founder of comiXology. “Today’s news opens up a whole new audience to the world of comic books. We’ve worked long and hard to become the leader in the field of digital comics and this opportunity enables us to turn a whole new generation of people into comic book fans…and we can’t wait to do just that!”
“Launching with a $199 price point makes Amazon’s Kindle Fire a great device for making comics accessible to the masses and the vibrant 7” screen is perfect for our Guided View reading system,” said CTO and co-Founder John Roberts.
The landmark debut of the Comics by comiXology App on Amazon’s Kindle Fire joins comiXology’s family of apps and solidifies comiXology’s dominance in the digital comic book arena. Once logged into their comiXology account, users can read purchases they have made on the Comics by comiXology platform. The Comics App on Amazon’s Kindle Fire syncs with all other iterations of the Comics App on all the different platforms; delivering to comiXology users a true “buy once, read anywhere” end-user experience.
Comixology’s most recent milestone was being able to offer almost 50% of all new comics released the same-day-as-print, signaling a sea change in the comic book publishing landscape and making Comics by comiXology the destination app for all consumers wanted to reader the latest and greatest comic book in digital format.
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.