The new Comics by comiXology App has reached the #1 rank among book apps in the iTunes store. The app offers over 100 comic titles for download through in-app purchasing, and uses the location awareness feature to help fans locate nearby comic stores where they can also buy printed copies.
Launched during the San Diego Comic-Con late last month, the Comics by comiXology App is a digital comic store, library and reader for iPhone and iPod touch that is launching with over 100 titles available from 20 popular comic publishers and many independent comic writers. ICV2.com notes that the App offers a “guided view” that keeps the entire page of a comic intact, unlike other solutions where the page is cut into individual pictures the user browses like a photo application.
"The stunning display and innovative multi-touch user interface of iPhone and iPod touch have finally made comics appealing in a digital format," said David Steinberger, CEO of Iconology, Inc. "By combining great comics with iPhone OS 3.0's In-App Purchasing and location awareness features we are creating a revolution in the way comics are sold and read which could only happen with iPhone and iPod touch."
With the Comics by comiXology app, comic book enthusiasts can not only read their comics in a format designed to preserve the comic book experience on an iPhone or iPod touch, but, in a bid to further monetize the release, you can also locate and connect with local retailers to purchase the printed version of the titles.
Through relationships with comic book retailers, Comics by comiXology will, say gthe publishers, increase both digital and print sales of comics and deliver a powerful mobile marketing tool for comic book publishers and retailers.
Comics by comiXology "guided view" display keeps the entire page of a comic intact, unlike other solutions where the page is cut into individual pictures the user browses like a photo application. Comics by comiXology also contains all of a user's comics and offers its own digital comics store that supports multiple publishers.
Among the 20 publishers that have already signed up to deliver their titles through Comics by comiXology are many well-known industry icons including British publishers Com.X and Markosia, AdHouse Books, Arcana Comics, Asylum Press, Bluewater Comics, , Creative Impulse Entertainment, Digital Webbing, eigoMANGA, Evil Twin Comics, First Salvo, Image Comics (including Active Images, Allred, Kirkman, Wagner, Brunswick, Revel and more), Moonstone, Red 5, Slave Labor Graphics, Th3rd World Studios and Zenescope.
Popular comics writer Robert Kirkman has also agreed to deliver his titles exclusively through Comics by comiXology making it the only place to get Walking Dead and Invincible for iPhone and iPod touch.
• The Comics by comiXology App is now available, including over 30 free comics, for $0.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore, or follow this direct iTunes download link