ComiXology Launches Unlimited Reading Service for Monthly Fee
It’s what fans want — sort of. ComiXology has launched ComiXology Unlimited, an all-you-can-read browsing service. It’s $5.99 a month; you get a 30-day free trial; and it includes downloads for offline reading. What it doesn’t include is DC or Marvel titles.
Publishers participating include:
- Image Comics
- Dark Horse Comics
- IDW Publishing
- BOOM! Studios
- Dynamite Entertainment
- Oni Press
- Archie Comics
- Valiant Entertainment
- Kodansha Comics
The offerings are selected titles only, so check if there’s something you want before you sign up. You can easily determine which titles are included by looking them up at ComiXology; those available display “Unlimited” banners. Aside from DC and Marvel, other featured publishers not participating are Monkeybrain, Avatar, and Viz.
Other caveats apply: You have to use a credit card (no debit cards). It’s US only for now. It requires merging with an Amazon account. Not all issues of any given series are available, with most providing a kind of “sample” first arc or similar.
Since Marvel has its own subscription program, at a higher price, that leaves DC as the only major American comics publisher without a monthly subscription method to read titles. Since they’re currently working on rebooting to emphasize their history, I hope that’s something they’re looking into.
Update: Comic Book Resources interviewed CEO David Steinberger about the new program.