Scribd Aims to Be the Netflix for Comics

Posted by at 11:46 am on February 11, 2015

scribd-comicPopular digital subscription service Scribd, often referred to as “Netflix for books,” this morning launched a comics section, giving users access to more than 10,000 titles from such publishers as Marvel, IDW Publishing, Archie Comics, Top Shelf, Top Cow, Valiant and Dynamite. The expansion brings the Scribd library to more than 1 million titles.

As part of the $8.99 flat monthly fee, users now can move beyond Scribd’s prose and audiobook offerings to read comics ranging from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and March: Book One to Afterlife With Archie and Ultimate Spider-Man.
“We are very excited to take this step in expanding our subscription service beyond books,” Trip Adler, Scribd co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “This addition gives comics readers the freedom of unlimited reading, while also giving our ebook and audiobook lovers the opportunity to discover comics and graphic novels.”

Readers will be able to browse comics by character, by series, or by curated collections such as “Classic Marvel Moments,” “Incredible Team-Ups,” “Welcome to Riverdale” and “Funny Women.” Scribd also includes a “binge button” at the end of each comic that allows users to jump to the next issue in the series.

“Our partnership with Scribd allows some of Marvel’s greatest stories to sit alongside Scribd’s already vast and eclectic catalog of content in an effort to reach readers who normally wouldn’t find themselves inside a comic shop,” Daniele Campbell, Marvel’s vice president of digital, said in a statement.

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