Image Comics to No Longer Directly Sell DRM-Free Digital Comics

In July 2013, Image Comics made a major industry change by stating they would sell their digital comics DRM-free, allowing people to download them onto a variety of devices and read them without having to use a proprietary app. A year after that, ComiXology began allowing publishers to sell DRM-free comics through their digital service, including Image Comics.

Five years later, if you want to download those comics, you'd better do so sharpish as Image Comics announces they are going to quit directly selling or supporting DRM-free comic books.

In a letter to customers, they say;

Dear Valued Customer,

This is an email alert to inform you that is discontinuing the sale of DRM-free titles through our site.

Beginning on November 5th, 2018, DRM-free versions of our books will no longer be available for purchase and all sales of DRM-free versions through will be discontinued.

What this means for you:

  • From November 5th, 2018 through February 3rd, 2019 you can still access your previous purchases through We recommend that you download and save your purchases at your earliest convenience before February 3rd, 2019.
  • Future titles will be available for purchase through our other digital vendor partners, and DRM-free versions through other services that offer it, like comiXology.
  • You will still be able to purchase physical copies of our books and subscribe to series through Image Direct ( as well as your local comic book store. Image Direct will NOT be affected by this change.

I'm off to check everything I bought that way – time to start backing up, I guess. Scatterlands will be my first…

Image Comics to No Longer Directly Sell DRM-Free Digital Comics



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