ComiXology – The Innovative StartUp David Steinberger and John Roberts That Turns A Mobile Phone Into A Comics Library
Comics By ComiXology is a cool and innovative mobile application with which you can make your small, tiny mobile device a big comics library. Awesome, isn’t it?! The app has made a real revolution in reading comic books on tablets and smartphones and has been a really successful startup since its foundation in the year 2007. The ComiXology idea was born in the head of David Steinberger, who co-founded the company (with the same name) with John Roberts, and Peter Jaffe. His inspiration came from his participation in a Start-Up contest, organized by New York University and their business plan won the competition. This is how the idea received its seed funding and actually took off.
The service is actually a huge cloud-based comics library, that makes it easier for anyone to find, buy and read his/her favorite comics online. The collection of titles is the biggest on The Internet and there you can find not only books from top publishers but also from some private authors. This helped the application to become one of the top 10 grossing iPad apps in the years 2011 and 2012.
The business model is simple. Everything is in the cloud, currently, there are more than 75 000 titles available for reading. Around 700 are completely free and the others will cost you from a few cents per title to $20 dollars. The business has been really flourishing that it couldn’t stay unnoticed by the big sharks. In early 2014 (April 2014), the biggest online retailer – Amazon announced that it bought Comixology, which will take the app to the next level. It already has become the main way people read comics today, but its full potential hasn’t been reached yet. David Steinberger cached in big time and he is still the CEO of the company.
The company has some more interesting services like – Pull List. It is a mobile application, with which you can locate physical comics stores and pre-order comics for pick up from them. This happens online and makes it really easy to find the required title if you need to check for it in many different stores. Pull List was launched in December 2008 and the ComiXology application has the locator built into it.
Other ComiXology Products
Retailer Tools – a bunch of really innovative online solutions for making comics authors and publishers more popular online.
comixology.com – this is a big comics portal, website, and online shop with the largest collection of titles of comics books.
ComiXology offers digital comic books and graphic novels while making the comic reading experience better than ever. Since 2007, ComiXology has grown to become the world’s largest digital comics platform with tens of millions of readers using its services to read their favorite titles.
The great thing about ComiXology is that it’s available anywhere, meaning you’re free to read your comics on your phone, your laptop, your tablet, or even at the library. ComiXology is also an excellent choice for those who are new to comics — its intuitive interface makes exploring the medium easily. There’s a wide selection of publisher options, from traditional mainstays Marvel and DC to independent publishers that offer stories from all over the world. Plus, new comics are released every Wednesday, so there’s always something new to check out.
What really sets ComiXology apart, though, is the experience. ComiXology doesn’t just let you read comics — it encourages you to really dig into them. Its Guided View technology allows you to move panel–by–panel through the story while highlighting details and making the reading process as easy as possible. For example, if a character is speaking, ComiXology will shift the camera for you at the right moment to make sure you’re never lost.
Additionally, ComiXology’s catalog includes over 200,000 titles across all genres, so you’re sure to find something to pique your interest. Between its expansive library, easy–to–use technology, and subscription–based program that allows you to save money on your comics, ComiXology is a great option for both comic book enthusiasts and those who are just getting into the medium. So, whether you want to fill up your library or finally finish a decades–long story, ComiXology makes it easy and enjoyable.
Comics By ComiXology is currently available for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle, and Windows 8.
This was the amazing story of one amazing app. It will probably become the main way people read comics, at least this is the intention of David. I think, he has a pretty good chance of getting there…