Comixology is a digital comic book firm that has in the past fought to remove tools for pulling DRM from comics it sales from the internet. Oddly, word has now surfaced that Comixology is now clearing the way for publishers to offer comic books and graphic novels via its website with no DRM added. By eliminating DRM from the comics, subscribers will be able to store their purchases on any device permanently and share the content all they want.
The company is clear that it is simply giving the publishers the option to choose to publish comics with no DRM. That will likely mean that most major comics will still come with DRM. Both Marvel and DC haven’t signed on for the DRM-free program at this time. However, smaller publishers like Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions will offer DRM-free titles. Comixology was purchased by Amazon back in April.
“We’re excited to make this DRM-free backup option available to our customers and publishers today,” Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said in a statement. “Our customers can keep a copy locally and continue to do their reading on comixology in our industry-changing Guided View.”
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