Say goodbye to the in-app purchases you knew, and welcome Amazon's new method

If you're a comiXology user and been wondering if any changes to your account would come about due to Amazon acquiring the digital comic provider, we now know of at least one change. An update to the comiXology app for Android is now available on the Google Play store and it's one you're going to want to grab to ensure your comics still keep flowing.

We've made changes to our Google Play Android Comics App so please, update to version 3.6. In this new version we have a new comiXology in-app purchase system and a great new cart feature, one of our most requested features. In the new app, you may be prompted to update your payment information to continue purchasing books. This is a one-time action after which you can purchase inside the app.

Android users get off a little bit easier than iOS users here as it's just an app update. iOS users have to download a whole new app in order for the changes to take effect. It seems as though comiXology does recognize how much of a hassle this is for folks though all things considered. They're proactively offering a $5 eGift Card credit to all those who have purchased through the comiXology platform in the past.

This credit will be automatically applied throughout the day to those accounts who are eligible and all of those eligible have 30 days to purchase books with that credit. That's not too bad but still, a hassle.

 
There are 14 comments

dwd3885 says:

Purchasing via Google Play credit has been removed. Can no longer use Google Play gift cards to purchase. That is terrible. Nonger a comixoloy user.

Hand_O_Death says:

Wonder if amazon gift cards would work.

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_X_ says:

Comixolgy's ridiculous DRM is why I quit buying from them long ago. I much rathet just buy straight frim Google

Sachmojo says:

Yeah I understand where you're coming from, but after having read V for Vendetta on Google Play Books, and then getting into Comixology, the reading experience is approximately one million times better on Comixology. Play Books just doesn't Play nice with graphic novels.

sschinke says:

This violates Google Plays's policies for IAPs: https://play.google.com/about/developer-content-policy.html

Zarabadoo says:

How so? The part I see that is relevant is this part:

"Developers offering additional content, services or functionality within another category of app downloaded from Google Play must use Google Play's in-app billing service as the method of payment, except:
* where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price also includes a hard copy subscription); or
* where payment is for digital content or goods that may be consumed outside of the app itself (e.g., buying songs that can be played on other music players)."

The second exemption seems to fit since one can consume the comics on iPads and browser.

sschinke says:

Ah, you may be right. I had taken that exception to mean content that could be used outside of the app, but on the same device via other software (ie, "other music players" being different software rather than other physical devices).

sschinke says:

So that means all a developer has to do in order to be allowed to do IAPs via a third-party vendor is have even one other platform of any sort where those purchases can be consumed, regardless of whether they are silly garbage like "gems" for some F2P garbage game that don't exist outside of that game itself.

And here I thought it was Google being subtly anti-DRM.

This is no different than when you buy anything thru the Amazon or Kindle apps. You just give your money directly to Amazon and not to Apple or Google.

Apple takes 30% of every comics sale. No idea how much Google takes. Just to act as a middleman. So far every comic book creator that has spoken on this supposed controversy is happy that they're going to be getting more money for their work since the profits won't all be going to Apple and Google now.

And despite the hysteria on Twitter (living up to its TWIT name today), you CAN still buy comics thru the app. With your credit card or PayPal account. Just like every other Amazon app.

People are just outraged over everything and aren't bothering to even think about why they're outraged anymore.

dwd3885 says:

No. I'm upset because I can no longer use Google Play gift cards for this app. Which I always have a lot of. That means I have to buy using a credit card or PayPal, which I don't want to do. So Comixoloy lost a customer today.

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sschinke says:

You can purchase from Amazon with Amazon gift cards, but I do understand the problem of having existing (or potential future) Google Play cards or balance that can no longer be used for purchases.

Edit: Woops, I don't see any way to get Amazon gift cards applied to ComiXology. Hopefully that is an upcoming feature.

BobJones19 says:

How do we do that, when i updated i didnt see that option too use amazon account

CMercs says:

Similiarly, I attached a Google Play card to my son's account so I wouldn't have to use something else non-fixed like Credit Cards or PayPal. I just put money directly on his card and we're done. He can use that card for most things he cares about on his phone. Not just comic books.

This sucks. I don't mind the option of Amazon Payment. I am upset with the removal of a valid payment.

I do hope that Google comes up with a Comixology alternative.

theShiz says:

Hopefully they get it fixed. It keeps acting wonky at the moment. Constantly asks you to log in or doesn't let you get things from your cart. I just removed and installed it again, hopefully that fixes it. Seems to have when I made a single purchase. Stinks not having the option for Google Play but it was fairly quick. It also didn't download immediately like before. I had to go find it and download.

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