Farewell, Comixology – Navigating the Digital Comic Shift to Kindle


Attention Comic Book Enthusiasts! It’s over… well kind of… Amazon has officially pulled the plug on the standalone Comixology app as of December 4, 2023. If you’ve been immersed in the world of digital comics, this is a significant development.

Amazon’s acquisition of Comixology in 2014 has led to a gradual merger with its Kindle services, and now the Comixology app is bidding farewell. Remember that attempt to merge Comixology with Kindle in 2021? Backlash ensued, and now, after redirecting the Comixology URL to its own site and halting updates, the standalone app is no more.

So, what does this mean for your beloved Comixology library? Well, brace yourself — to access your purchased content, you’ll need to dive into the Kindle app. Not the end of the world, but definitely a shift for those who’ve been loyal to Comixology since 2010.

The Kindle app is expected to retain the nifty Guided View features, offering an option to limit views to “Comics & Manga.” But, and it’s a significant but, the transition raises concerns about ownership. Previously, some users could download DRM-free files, but this won’t be an option moving forward. That means your licenses to borrow comic book content from Amazon will lack the option to save hard files to your drive.

For those with extensive Comixology libraries, this might be a frustrating turn of events. Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, make sure to grab the Kindle app if you want to keep diving into your favorite digital comics.

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