So, yeah, Amazon is buying comiXology, and comic book fans all over are trying to figure out how it’ll affect things.
I’ve spitballed a few thoughts; consider these my predictions, and check in on them later.
- Comics will reach a wider audience: Amazon primarily focuses on collections. With comiXology under their wings, single issues and stories will be available at the drop of a hat.
- Indie comics may get lost in the shuffle: sure, they’ll have a wider audience, but there’s a greater chance they’ll get lost in the mix with other things, presuming you don’t search in fields exclusive to comic books. Probably not a major issue, but to indies, it could be bad.
- Merging of libraries: expect Kindle Editions of books like Sex Criminals to show up on the comiXology app and such.
- Cross-Promotion: purchase something like X-Men: Days Of Future Past on BluRay Combo Pack, Amazon automatically adds a digital copy of the original story to your collection.
- Apple takes a hit: surprisingly, one of Apple’s most-profitable apps in their App Store is comiXology, which Apple gets a percentage of all in-app purchases from the app. comiXology already limits certain major bundles to their online store to, presumably, not cut into their profits. I’d imagine Amazon doesn’t want to share this profit, and would eventually move comiXology purchases to browser-only. Given that everyone uses Amazon, it might have no effect on their userbase.
Just some thoughts that popped in my head. You?