ComiXology Launches UNLIMITED ‘Netflix for Comics’ Service, But...

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ComiXology have announced a new Netflix-style service called comiXology Unlimited which will offer unlimited reading of a select library of its titles for $5.99 per month. The flat-rate service library boasts "thousands of digital comics, graphic novels & manga," with comic books from Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse and others, but neither DC or Marvel have titles as part of the service.

“It sounds silly but our mission is to make everyone on the planet a comics fan. That’s really hard to do by just throwing them into the middle of 100,000 comic books,” comiXology CEO David Steinberger tells Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a lot easier if people have a very low risk opportunity to discover comics for themselves and just really take their time with the catalog."

Several other smaller digital comic distributors offer flat rate access to digital comics libraries, and Marvel itself has a popular app featuring thousands of its own comic books called Marvel Unlimited. DC Comics doesn't currently participate in any Netflix-style digital comics service.

ComiXology Unlimited will be available as a tab on the existing comiXology mobile app (after an upgrade, which was made available this morning), and this new service will not affect the Amazon-owned digital comics service's ala carte offerings. Steinberger said the comiXology Unlimited library will change over time, with some titles leaving and new titles joining.

“This program takes advantage of comiXology: download wherever you want, read offline, all the stuff you love about it,” Steinberger says. “I hope that people who love comics take this as a tool to introduce their friends to specific content, and then because this is the inexpensive way to get to that content, help them explore even more.”

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