ComiXology and the Future of the Digital Comic Book

Hannah Johnston

Abstract


Since its launch in 2007, comiXology has been a key player in the digital comic book industry. ComiXology acts as a mediator between readers and texts, offering unique features with a profound effect on the reading experience in a digital environment. The Guided View interface alters the relationship between content and form, and introduces a level of editing distinct from the physical comic book. Similarly, comiXology’s DRM-free backups and subscription service provide different models for ownership of digital content. ComiXology’s model can also be understood through analysis of e-book distribution; Amazon’s Kindle provides a salient counterpoint. This paper incorporates the theories of multiple digital humanities scholars in order to explore how comiXology is influencing the future of the comic book.


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