Hardly a week goes by these days without an announcement by Scribd or another all you can read ebook subscription service Oyster about new content, features, or funding and this week will not be any different.
Scribd has just announced that they’re now including unlimited access to 10,000 comic books (manga and graphic novels too!) from a number of well known publishers including Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant in their subscription.
Scribd also notes their announcement today that they’re also providing access to more than one million items including ebooks, audiobooks (30,000 audiobooks added in November), and now comics. Oyster made a similar announcement about collection size about two weeks ago when they added all of the Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library titles to their service.
The cost of monthly Scribd subscription remains at $8.99/month and unlike public library ebooks and audiobooks, all content is available to all subscribers at all times. No waiting lists.
Below are highlights from Scribd’s announcement and below that are a couple of quick comments and links.
This offering represents the first time such a rich and varied selection of comics from some of the industry’s top publishers – including Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant – have been made available in one unlimited digital subscription service. The selection includes fan favorites from Spider-Man to My Little Pony to X-O Manowar, and from Transformers to Archie, along with hit YA series such as Locke & Key and acclaimed graphic novels by creators Alan Moore, Matt Fraction, Gail Simone, George R.R. Martin and more.
- Classic Comics – Classic runs of the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil, Archie, Judge Dredd, the Rocketeer and more
- Top Characters – Spider-Man, the Avengers, Betty and Veronica, Kevin Keller, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, Bloodshot, Adventure Time
- Major Creators – Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Fiona Staples, Darwyn Cooke, Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Renee French, Jeffrey Brown, Joe Hill, and many more
- Award Winners – League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, Alec, Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed?
- Acclaimed Graphic Novels – March, From Hell, Swallow Me Whole, Underwater Welder, Spiral-Bound, The Ticking, Too Cool to Be Forgotten
- Hit YA Titles – Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways, Afterlife With Archie, Harbinger, Lumberjanes
- Manga – Partnership with Media Do brings titles from Cork and Harlequin Manga, including work by acclaimed artist Moyoco Anno
Discover and Find
Readers will have the ability to browse comics in a variety of ways:
- By Character – Character pages allow readers to follow their favorite characters through their series and guest appearances.
- By Series – Readers can browse by title and read series entire series from start to finish.
- By Curated Collection – Readers can browse over 100 expert-curated collections of comics, such as Incredible Team-Ups, Classic Marvel Moments, Zombie Horror, Welcome to Riverdale, Funny Women, Supernatural Romance, and more.
Comment From Gary Price, infoDOCKET Founder/Editor
We’re not going to repeat our feelings in this post about these services and what they might mean for libraries in the future and what libraries should be thinking about today. Instead, take a look at our most recent comments in this January 15, 2015 post.
Talk about ebook subscription services is not new around here. We began discussing reporting on them and why libraries need to be watching closely for several years.
Amazon also has an all you can read subscription service and we discussed it in this post from July 2014.
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