It's 2014. Who Do You Want To Distribute Your Digital Comics?
Amazon's policies have certainly been newsworthy of late. Whether it's the clash with Hachette, leading to Hachette distributed books no longer being reordered by Amazon (rescinded for Marvel but still very much in place for Yen Press) or clashing with Warners, leading to Buy buttons for the likes of The Lego Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Teen Titans Go: Couch Crusaders, Regular Show Season 3, Naruto Shippuden, and Pokemon: Black & White being removed, there's all sorts of intereting behaviour being exhibited right now. And some publishers are, frankly, worried that Amazon is quite so willing to flex its muscles.
The purchase of ComiXology by Amazon has led to some big market ructions, with many readers regretting the removal of the In App Purchase option that encouraged browising and impulse buys on iOS and Android devices.
Well, when ComiXology signed publishers to its system they were initially contracted for a period of time – and those contracts have been running out, giving publishers greater options over where their digital comics can be published.
I understand that iVerse, behind the Comics Plus digital comics distributor have an announcement to make.
I understand that Madefire, the enhanced digital comics publisher, have an announcement to make.
And I understand that a new company, Los Angeles-based Comic Blitz, intends to launch a Netflix-style all-you-can-eat digital comics subscription service. stating "Unlimited digital comics for $9.99/mo!"
It's also just possible that these services may include publishers that were previously exclusive to ComiXology.
And not an Amazon Buy button in sight.