I have a confession: I never really had the chance to grow up with comic books. Not only that, but I just can’t justify most comic book purchases on the Google Play Store or anywhere else since you read it (quick, I might add) and then you’re practically done with it forever. Unless you enjoy the artwork enough to look back on it, these graphic novels can get pretty expensive pretty quickly, and the value proposition seems different depending on who you ask.
Now I’m not an Amazon type—never been—but when the company bought Comixology, I was a little more interested. One subscription price for all your comics sounded pretty nice compared to traditional buying methods. 40,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from top publishers including Marvel, DC, Kodansha, Dark Horse, Image and Yen Press, all for just $5.99 USD per month is a great deal.
Unfortunately, Comixology is now the latest victim of the Google Play Store’s new billing policy, and Amazon is removing in-app purchases from the app, much like it recently did with Audible and the official Kindle eBooks app. This means that this is yet another official content app that can’t do its job – provide you with content!
“In order to remain compliant with the updated Google Play Store policy, the option to purchase comics, graphic novels, or manga or to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited will no longer be available in the Comixology app for Android with the release of app- version 4.0.1. You can continue to read books in your library, read samples and browse the app, but you must visit the website – amazon.co.uk/comixology – in your favorite web browser to purchase new content or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.
Email to users this week
Until further notice (as of June 1, 2022), you can only purchase comics to read in the Comixology app on Android by going to Amazon.com/comixology, adding titles to your list with the heart icon, and sharing them later via buy the web browser from your Amazon wish list, or via Kindle Unlimited in the app (limitations compared to buying outright!)
Essentially, Google is trying to stop big companies like Epic Games and Amazon from saving 10-30% on the revenue generated by the apps on its platform. Google itself states that it wants to avoid confusing things for users by using a billing system on Android and encourages companies to use other methods outside of their app to communicate with their users about money.