SEATTLE, WA – Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire ComiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.
“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of ComiXology. “There is no better home for ComiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”
“Amazon and ComiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion ComiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”
According to a message by Amazon CEO David Steinberger posted on ComiXology’s site:
ComiXology will retain its identity as an Amazon subsidiary and we’re not anywhere near done “taking comics further.” We are confident that – with Amazon by our side, who shares our desire for innovation and a relentless focus on customers – we’ve only just begun.
Both Amazon and ComiXology offer multiple self-publishing options including those for fan derived works and original comics; it will be interesting to see how they push the digital platform further.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed however it is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014. Following the acquisition, ComiXology’s headquarters will remain in New York.