We’ve made changes to our Google Play Android Comics App so please, update to version 3.6. In this new version we have a new comiXology in-app purchase system and a great new cart feature, one of our most requested features.
In the new app, you may be prompted to update your payment…
Wow, I always knew in the back of my mind that Comixology wasn’t a viable business model long term, but this move by Amazon is totally stupid.
The convenience of in-app purchases is what Comixology was all about, the revenue that they did loose to Apple will be nothing compared to the loss of goodwill and reduction of impulse purchases.
The people that will love this will be Kindle Fire users. A tiny fraction of their current customer base. For iPad users like me this is just stupidity.
Driving people from your app whenever they want to buy things is sending them into the wider world, and that means towards the competition. Thus allowing external forces like your competitors’ marketing or personal bias to get between you and your market.
Of course, the biggest threat has always been pirating, which will inevitably be increased now. Apple proved that pirating is only reduced by convenience. Of course, Spotify is trying to prove the same, and a proper subscription service across publishers could be the answer.
I will be buying the majority of my comics straight from the publishers from now on. The Marvel Website for example, will be so much more popular on my iPad.