COMIC-CON 2014: This Just In–comiXology to announce new ‘DRM-free’ backup feature today

comiXology will announce today at Comic-Con a new backup feature that lets customers download and store books without the obstacle of digital rights management, the company tells The Post’s Comic Riffs.

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At its “Ask Me Anything” panel at 5:30 ET Thursday, comiXology, the leading digital comics platform, is set to outline its first wave of DRM-free backups.

“We’re excited to make this DRM-free backup option available to our customers and publishers today,” comiXology co-founder/chief executive David Steinberger says in a statement Thursday. “Our customers can keep a copy locally and continue to do their reading on comiXology in our industry-changing Guided View [experience].”

“For those out there who have not joined the comic-reading community because of DRM – you have no excuse now,” co-founder John D. Roberts, who is director of ComiXology Submit publishing, notes in that statement.

Customers will be able to go to comixology.com and get DRM-free backups in the “My Books” section.

As a leader in digital comics reading, comiXology has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years. The company announced its 100-millionth comics/graphic novel download in late 2012, and its 200-millionth download last fall.

Last April, the New York-based comiXology was purchased by Seattle-based Amazon, which removed comiXology’s In App purchase feature.

(Disclosure: Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos owns The Washington Post. But you knew that.)

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