Digital Comics Platform ComiXology Announces DRM-Free Download Option

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The Amazon-owned company partners with select publishers to allow customers the chance to back up their purchases locally in PDF or CBZ formats.

A recurring complaint about digital comics platforms is that the “purchase” option is actually closer to a long-term rental agreement, with titles only available to view in the cloud on specific platforms. During its panel at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, industry leader ComiXology set about changing that.

The company, which was purchased by Amazon in April, announced a new DRM-free back-up feature that will allow users to download copies of their purchases. Initially available through a select number of publisher partners, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions, the feature will also be available to self-publishers and creators publishing through the ComiXology Submit platform.

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“For those out there who have not joined the comic reading community because of DRM– you have no excuse now,” ComiXology co-founder John D. Roberts said in a statement from the company, adding that the company plans to announce “more innovative features as we move ahead with our mission of making everyone on the face of the planet a comic book fan!”

Previously, individual publishers—including Thrillbent and Image Comics—have sold DRM-free digital editions through their own storefronts; this is, however, the first time a multi-publisher platform of this scale has launched such a program. Downloads will be available in two formats, PDF and CBZ, available from the “My Books” section of the ComiXology website immediately, according to the company.