Amazon acquires digital comics platform (and iPad hit) comiXology


Amazon is acquiring the cloud-based digital comics platform comiXology, the companies announced Thursday. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. ComiXology “will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary,” co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said in a letter on the company’s website.

ComiXology lets users read digital comics and graphic novels on a number of platforms, including web, iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8. It was Apple’s top-grossing non-game iPad app in both 2012 and 2013. The company, which was founded in 2007, is based in New York Over 200 million comics had been downloaded on the platform as of September 2013, and over 50,000 titles from more than 75 publishers are available.

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