Comixology has updated their official Android app today that phases out the Google Merchant Account system. Instead Comixology will be using their own in-house shopping cart, where all purchases are made directly with the comix book company. In addition they have also introduced the ability to pay via PAYPAL.
Two weeks ago Amazon announced the intent to purchase Comixology and the deal closes in a month or two. In order to transition properly Comixology is phasing out Apple and Google as merchant providers, in order to cut down on the costs of dealing with them. This has prompted Comixology to release a brand new iPhone and iPad app that eliminate in-app purchases altogether. Luckily, you can can still make purchases with the updated Android app and the one we converted for Blackberry 10 and the Playbook.
It is important to note that you should back up all of your comics before you install the new update for Android and for Blackberry. We have heard numerous reports of comics not importing properly under the new system.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Just weeks after Amazon purchased Comixology the comic book company has released a new app for iOS that disables the ability to purchase new content. The read only app encourages users to buy comics from the Comixology website instead of one click purchases.
ComiXology recommends that their users back up their purchases through their ComiXology account and to download the new app to continue reading. The new app is entitled Comics – Read Comic Books & Graphic Novels by comiXology. If users resist updating the app you will still be able to read your issues for a limited time, but will be disabled soon. The Marvel and DC Comics apps, which are powered by ComiXology, appear to be unaffected.
Amazon must have looked at Comixology’s books and realized how much money Apple was making on each comic purchase. Whenever someone buys a single issue Apple nets 30% of each transaction. When Apple originally implemented this policy Amazon immediately disabled the ability to buy eBooks via their own iOS apps. Phasing out Apple will put more money into the Comixology, Amazon and the publishers pockets. ComiXology hopes to “ease this transition” by offering a $5 credit to comiXology users, which will automatically be applied to accounts today. Customers using the Android Comics app can still purchase comics through it, but now it will be through a new comiXology in-app purchase system rather than through Google Play.
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The Secondary film unit for the new Star Wars Episode 7 is currently underway in the Abu Dhabi desert, The movie will be released late next year and there are 4 new eBooks under development seeking to rewrite the expanded universe.
Lucasfilm and Disney Publishing have admitted that the existing expanded universe no long happened. Any of the books or comics that transpired after Return of the Jedi are not considered canon. This was done to provide the filmmakers with a maximum amount of creative freedom in making Episode 7.
“In order to give maximum creative freedom to the filmmakers and also preserve an element of surprise and discovery for the audience, Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe,” says the official announcement on Starwars.com.
Timothy Zahn was best known for his trilogy of books after Return of the Jedi. Heir to an Empire which focused on Grand Admiral Thrawn and Lukes future wide Mara Jade are no longer considered canon. It is up for debate if the entire Old Republic timeline is null and void as well.
There are currently over 17,000 characters in the Expanded Universe that will forever be purged. This might be a mixed blessing because four new titles that been announced that will abide by the official canon of Lucasfilm and Disney. Del Rey Books will be publishing the new titles that starts with Star Wars: A New Dawn, by bestselling author John Jackson Miller. Set prior to the events of the forthcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, this novel tells the story of how two of the lead characters of the series, Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla, came to cross paths. To tell this important backstory, Miller benefited from contact with series executive producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman, who together ensured this tale will be part of the Star Wars canon of storytelling going forward. It is scheduled for hardcover and eBook release on September 2, 2014.
The next book to be issued is called STAR WARS: TARKIN by James Luceno and is slatted for a November 4th release date. This will be followed by STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE JEDI in January 2015 and STAR WARS: LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul Kemp in March 2015.
Aside from Star Wars Rebels, the new books will likely focus on major characters that will take part in Episode 7 and set the stage for the movie. Given that this is official canon we can draw parallels between the books and the movies.