SDCC 2014: ComiXology Unveils DRM-Free Backup Feature

ComiXology revealed during a panel at the International Comic-Con yesterday that they would offer a new, DRM-Free backup feature to their platform.

Unless you’ve never used the service, which is entirely possible (if you’ve been living under a rock and been getting your comics delivered to you by the Keeper of said rock) then you’re probably familiar with comiXology as the go-to source for digital copies of comics. The problem with downloading comics from the service, which back in April was announced as being acquired by Amazon, is that the comics you download aren’t really yours to own. Huh? Let me explain.

ComiXology, like many online providers of content, keyed their comics, at the behest of publishers, to certain applications and uses by the consumers out there who purchased a comic through their service. What this has meant is that from a portability perspective, ‘owning’ a comic you bought off of comiXology meant that your ownership was only as reliable as the software you used to download it, and often the hardware too.

Now however, with a few publishers stepping up and providing DRM-free backups, comiXology is opening the doors to true ownership.

For a great description of what DRM-Free means to you the consumer, check out’s great description here. So thanks to the fact that comiXology is removing Digital Rights on certain titles you will now be able download and transfer, store and theoretically edit copies of comics that are finally and truly, yours.

ComiXology, through co-founder and CEO David Steinberger, had this to say concerning their DRM-Feature:

“We’re excited to make this DRM-free backup option available to our customers and publishers today […] Our customers can keep a copy locally and continue to do their reading on comiXology in our industry-changing Guided View.

Right now, only a handful of publishers and titles are available for DRM-Free feature, including Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions. To download these DRM-free backups, comiXology is telling consumers to head over to their “My Books” section of then click the button that appears next to their books (it looks like your standard ‘Download’ icon).  Titles are available in high definition PDF and CBZ.

GS Blogger: Jesse B



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