Scribd Launches a “Netflix for Comics”

Somewhere inside Scribd HQ is a whiteboard which says "Go big or go home". Not content with launching the first global Netflix for books, Scribd expanded its monthly subscription ebook service by adding audiobooks in November 2014 and then expanded again today with the addition of 10,000 digital comics.

Scribd Launches a "Netflix for Comics" Streaming eBooks Subscriptions

Scribd launched what is arguably the first* Netflix for comics on Tuesday. They've added more than 10,000 comics and graphic novels from a wide variety of publishers, including IDW/Top Shelf, Zenescope, Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, and Valiant.

Readers can now pay a flat $9 a month for access to all of the ebooks, audiobooks, and comic books they can consume from a catalog of over 1,000,000 titles. And besides just adding the titles, Scribd also put thought into how you would want to navigate. Readers can traverse the new digital comics section in a variety of ways, including by character, series, or curated collection.

Scribd isn't the first to offer a subscription digital comics service. There is of course Marvel Unlimited, which is limited to Marvel titles, but there's also Comicsfix, which launched last September. This service costs $10 a month. It doesn't have titles from Marvel or DC, but it does carry comics and graphic novels from many independents, including Valiant, Dynamite, Alterna, and more.

But with a million titles spanning several formats and three of the five major US trade publishers, Scribd is arguably the largest service. And thanks to the $22 million in capital raised in late December, it's also the best funded.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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  1. Publishing Tales: Stories about Literature from Around the Web (Feb 6-11)11 February, 2015

    […] Scribd Launches a “Netflix for Comics”: Scribd is a type of book rental that’s like Netflix, and it just added 10,000 digital comics. The article talks about the service, which doesn’t have Marvel or DC comics and costs $9 a month.There are other digital comic services, but Scribd is “arguably the largest service.” […]

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  2. Tyler12 February, 2015

    If it doesn’t off any comics from marvel or DC, shouldn’t your graphics be from some comics they do carry?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder12 February, 2015

      Marvel titles are included.

      It’s the other service which lacks them.

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  3. Charles Fudgemuffin8 March, 2015

    I’d love to see Image sign up to a service like this, but even without Image, the current list of signed up publishers makes it sound very appealing. Does Scribd have a minimum sign up period?

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  4. […] new service would not be first to offer digital comics as a subscription. Scribd has been offering them since February (and now stocks over 10,000 titles), and a startup called […]

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