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comiXology gets Android App

Comics and manga app in beta release

By Chris Beveridge     December 15, 2010

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While comiXology has had a good web presence from the start, its comics and manga platform really took off with the introduction if the iPad. That gained a lot of attention but also a lot of calls for an Android based app for it. Such things do take time, especially with the numerous Android releases and compatibility checks that need to go into place, but the folks behind the comics and manga reader now have an Android app in beta that uses the same methods and functionality as has been seen on other devices. This extended reach, which will definitely be more pivotal in the next year as the latest release of Android comes out that supports tablet devices, will further cement the ease in which people can get digital comics and manga and potentially grab consumers who would either never go in a comic store or have any place near them that they could peruse and sample from. 

Full Press Release Below:

Due to overwhelming demand, the holidays have come early for millions of comic book fans everywhere with the release of the Comics by comiXology Android™ app (beta) powered by comiXology, the leading digital comics platform provider for all iOS devices, the Web and now Android.

Expanding beyond its industry-leading digital comic book apps on iOS and the Web,comiXology brings the largest digital comics library to the Android marketplace, enabling fans to read comics on Android devices running 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. The Comics by comiXology Android beta app gives users the ability to discover, purchase, and read more than 2,500 digital comics and over 300 free comics from 40 publishers. Launch partners include DC Comics, Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Archie, alongside many more. Users can search and browse through comics based on titles, creators, publishers, genre and ratings, and find local comic book retailers with the built-in retailer finder. 

“Our enthusiastic community has been asking us for an Android app and it’s with great pleasure that we bring it to them in time for the holidays,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Comics by comiXology on Android delivers comic books to mainstream audiences on even more devices. Now, more people who want to read a comic will have the opportunity to do so, when and where they want, while giving our content partners another major distribution outlet.” 

The comiXology app for Android features a full in-app store and the best digital comics reader on the market. comiXology's patent pending Guided View™ Technology gives users a natural reading experience while making it readable on small devices. 

Comics downloaded to the Android app will be available on the Comics by comiXology iOS and Web platforms through cross-platform synchronization so users can enjoy comics on all their devices, anywhere.

“comiXology is the leading distributor of digital comics, which is why we have partnered with them to power our iOS app and Web Store,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President of Digital, DC Entertainment. “The release of its Android app shows the company’s ongoing commitment to expand into new markets, create opportunities for increased visibility and revenue, while above all, answer the call of its fans for convergence across platforms with a centralized library to enjoy comics anywhere.”

In addition to DC Comics, publishers on the Comics by comiXology Android beta app include:

•A Wave Blue World
•Adhouse Books
•Alterna Comics
•Antarctic Press
•Arcana Studio
•Archie Comics
•Asylum Press
•Bluewater Comics
•BOOM! Studios
•Creative Impulse
•Creator Owned
•Devils Due
•Digital Webbing
•Dynamite Entertainment
•Evil Twin Comics
•First Salvo
•Image Comics
•Moonstone Books
•Oni Press
•Red 5 Comics
•South Fellini
•Slave Labor Graphics
•Studio 407
•Th3rd World Studios
•Top Cow
•Viper Comics
•Zenescope Entertainment

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