ComiXology update stops you from buying comics in the App Store

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ComiXology has long been one of my favorite iOS apps, but I’m not a big fan of the latest update, which makes it impossible to purchase comics from within the app.

For the longest time, ComiXology was the easiest and best way to buy comics on a mobile device. Now the app has become solely a comic book reader: You must visit ComiXology’s website to buy new issues. You can still browse comics in the app, and download free ones, but the actual payment part must be done elsewhere.

Why has ComiXology gone all supervillain on us?

It’s because the App Store demands 30 percent of all in-app purchases and subscriptions. By handling the sales through its website, ComiXology doesn’t have to pay Apple a cut of its profits.

After ComiXology was purchased by Amazon earlier this month, we wondered how the sale would affect users. We now have our answer!

Amazon has long taken a similar approach with its Kindle app for iOS, which also lacks a way to purchase new content.

Since ComiXology was the highest-grossing non-game iPad app of last year, Apple can be none too happy about this.

ComiXology is at least giving loyal customers a $5 gift card to help “ease this transition.”

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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