ComiXology is perhaps the most popular iOS comic book app and that's why every new update it gets is very important. Yesterday, ComiXology sent out emails to existing customers, informing them of a new DRM-free backup download service for content from certain publishers.
Thus, select comics from Image, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent and Top Shelf Productions are now available to download without digital rights management restrictions for iPhone and iPad users.
Besides this new feature, even comiXology Submit artists can use the service. At the moment, there aren't too many publications that support this new feature, but their number is expected to grow with "many more" in the future. Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said in a statement.
"We're excited to make this DRM-free backup option available to our customers and publishers today. Our customers can keep a copy locally and continue to do their reading on comixology in our industry-changing Guided View."
comiXology customers who have already purchased digital copies of now DRM-free books can download a copy as a PDF or CBZ file. Users will see a list of books that support DRM-free backup on comiXology.com in the My Backups tab of the My Books area.
Co-founder John Roberts also added the following:
"For those out there who have not joined the comic reading community because of DRM—you have no excuse now. We're excited about the launch of DRM-free backups today and look forward to announcing more innovative features as we move ahead with our mission of making everyone on the face of the planet a comic book fan."
However, both PDF and CBZ files cannot be used in comiXology's Comics app, which is a big letdown for mobile device owners. But let's hope that Amazon will fix this with a future update.