Amazon has signed a new deal with Marvel to distribute its comics digitally across the Amazon platform.
The online retail giant already has exclusive rights to Marvel’s vast back catalogue through last April’s acquisition of Comixology, the popular e-comic app. However, this freshly renegotiated deal expands that access to Amazon itself.
This means that millions of Kindle owners can now download and read comics directly from their e-readers.
Under the arrangement, Comixology will continue to distribute Marvel’s English language single-issue comics through its various apps. However, 12,000 single-issue digital comic books are also available for sale on the Amazon Kindle Store immediately.
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“Amazon, Comixology and Marvel share a passion for expanding the audience for comic books and graphic novels worldwide,” said David Naggar, vice president of Amazon Kindle.
“With the ever-increasing number of devices in consumers’ hands and the growing popularity of Marvel’s extensive catalogue of familiar Super Heroes we see this as the perfect time to create a whole new generation of comic-book readers.”
Amazon and Marvel have dominated the electronic comic-book field in recent times. Marvel claims that the Marvel Comics app has been the top grossing book app for iOS in 2015 and the top grossing app in the Comics category in the Google Play Store for 2015.