marvel announced today that their Marvel Comics app, which allowed readers to make in-app purchases and browse their digital libraries, can be shutting down in June with consumer accounts and libraries being migrated to Marvel Limitless. The Marvel Comics app was the final digital comedian e-book reader nonetheless operating by the older Comixology software program earlier than the controversial 4.0 migration to Amazon’s Kindle infrastructure.
Are you a consumer of the Marvel Comics app (operated by Comixology)? Though the app could shut in June, we have made positive you will nonetheless be capable of entry your digital library on @MarvelUnlimited no extra price.
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Through e mail and social media, Marvel stated:
“The Marvel Comics app (operated by Comixology) can be shutting down on June 2, 2023. Starting Might 2, the flexibility to buy comics can be faraway from the Marvel Comics app previous to its June shutdown date.”
“Whereas we’re disillusioned followers will now not be capable of use the app beginning in June, we all know that many readers have created wonderful digital libraries of Marvel comics on the app. To help our loyal followers, we We are going to make digital comedian e-book purchases made earlier than Might 2 on the Marvel Comics app (operated by Comixology) accessible and accessible on the Marvel Limitless app. No buy of a Marvel Limitless subscription can be essential to entry your outdated library of digital comics from the Marvel Comics app.
Customers who’ve made purchases on iOS might want to guarantee they’re linked to a Marvel Account to keep up their Libraries by Marvel Limitless – with no subscription required to entry.
We’re unable to find out presently whether or not purchases made by the Marvel Comics app or comics with code will stay accessible in Comixology/Kindle when the shutdown takes place on June 2. New Marvel Comics digital purchases will nonetheless be potential by Amazon, Apple iBook, Google Play Books and Nook – and the digital code redemption service will proceed.
In keeping with Marvel, the official schedule for adjustments is as follows:
- “Might 2nd: Marvel Comics will now not be purchasable on the Marvel Comics app (digital redemption codes will be redeemed in Marvel Limitless by way of Marvel.com/redeem).
- “Might 2nd: Digital comedian e-book purchases made earlier than Might 2 can be accessible and accessible on the Marvel Limitless app.
- « June 2: The Marvel Comics app can be closed. You should hyperlink your Marvel Comics app to a Marvel account earlier than this date for digital comedian libraries to be accessible and accessible on the Marvel Limitless app.
Within the assertion and FAQ, it seems like Marvel is engaged on a brand new answer for buying digital comics by its personal app. Marvel Limitless might subsequently solely be a short lived measure.
This transfer comes as no shock given the dramatic adjustments going down at Amazon and the unhealthy information relating to the way forward for Comixology that we acquired in January. Comixology in its heyday supplied its digital comedian reader and storage infrastructure to many licensed firms for their very own branded purposes – which even included Picture, BOOM! and IDW for some time. DC discontinued its “Comixology-powered” app Vertigo in 2020 and its fundamental DC Comics app in 2021 – which have been withdrawn from service in June 2022. When Comixology moved to its controversial 4.0 replace in February 2022 – after which eliminated in-app purchases – Marvel was the one one nonetheless open for enterprise.
The reasoning behind this transfer may very well be that there is no such thing as a longer a Comixology workforce to keep up the app – after the huge layoffs, with solely a skeleton crew to run the ship for the primary Comixology app now operating on the bottom utterly totally different kindle code.
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