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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.


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 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.)

Thousands of fans dressed as their favorite superhero, fantasy character or cult comic gathered in San Diego on Thursday for the opening day of the 2014 Comic-Con convention. (Reuters)
Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.



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