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Comixology rolls out new updates after feedback from readers and creators

In February, ComiXology updated its interface and phased out the ComiXology Player as part of the integration with parent company Amazon’s website and say the update didn’t go over well with fans and comic book creators would be an understatement. There was a tremendous reaction from readers and creators almost instantly, prompting ComiXology to address the situation and promise updates and improvements. Now ComiXology has started rolling out these updates. In a Twitter thread earlier this week, ComiXology addressed some of the issues users were having and revealed some of the updates they’ve made and promised more to come.

“We’ve been busy making updates since launching our updated ComiXology app and new store,” the tweet thread began. “We have listened to your feedback and will continue to share updates and new features as they are released – this is just the beginning.”

The thread covered issues like improving book resolution in the mobile app, issues with filters in new releases, improving book downloads, and more. They also revealed that the app library now aggregates content by series across multiple countries – Australia, Brazil, and India, also available in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Spain, in Germany and Japan. Most of the improvements have been aimed at the US and UK storefronts, but ComiXology said it plans to “roll out additional storefronts to other countries this year.”

Amazon bought ComiXology, then one of the largest digital comics retailers in the industry, about eight years ago. In February, Amazon merged ComiXology into its own website and began phasing out the ComiXology player while merging its entire library into Amazon’s website, but although it was touted as a move ” transparent”, consumers quickly encountered a number of problems, including comics that were completely unreadable through the Kindle app while other books, namely ComiXology Originals, could not be found by some users, even when they were looking for them directly. The changes and resulting issues have prompted many users and creators to not only speak out, but also consider leaving ComiXology altogether.

It will be interesting to see how these latest updates and improvements impact the user experience with ComiXology, but it also looks like there are more updates and fixes to come. ComiXology ended its thread by promising more updates to come.

“We know how important it is to be able to play your comics on our web player. We’re working as quickly as possible to roll out improvements,” the thread says. “This is not a complete list of all the improvements our team is working hard on. Thank you for your patience and more updates to come.

What do you think of the latest ComiXology updates and fixes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson