Scribd Teams Up With Marvel and Other Publishers To Offer 'Netflix For Comics'
Scribd is set to revolutionize the way fans ingest comics. The online reading subscription service has partnered with a host of comic book publishers - most notably Marvel - to provide unlimited access to their comic book catalogues for one monthly subscription fee.
"For decades, a driving force at Marvel has been the desire to put comics in the hands of new readers," said Daniele Campbell, Marvel's VP of CRM. "Our partnership with Scribd allows some of Marvel's greatest stories to sit alongside Scribd's already vast and eclectic catalogue of content in an effort to reach readers who might not have access to a comic shop."
Joining Marvel in the Scribd partnership are the likes of Archie, Boom! Studios and IDW/Top Shelf, all of whom will be making a varying amount of their comic book back catalogues available for Scribd subscribers. That means that Scribd just became the closest thing to Netflix for comic book fans, giving us access to over 10,000 titles for just $8.99 per month. There are a few drawbacks, though. For the most part, new titles will not be instantly available under the Scribd subscription service. For most of the big houses like Marvel, you'll have to wait around a month after a new issue's release date before you can read it on Scribd. Also, before you get excited, Marvel has not made its entire catalogue available on Scribd, instead they're offering around a quarter of their total offering, including the following titles:
Marvel's Scribd Offering
Marvel fans will have the ability to browse hundreds of Marvel's collected editions on Scribd by category, subcategory and custom collections curated by Scribd's editorial staff:
· Top Characters – Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Hulk, and more
· Classic Comics – Classic runs of the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil and more
· Major Creators – Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker, Brian K. Vaughan, Grant Morrison, and many more
· Hit YA Titles – Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways, Young Inhumans
· Award Winners – Acclaimed graphic novels by artists from Alex Ross to Moebius
· Curated Collections – Classic Marvel Moments, Heroes of Color, Spotlight on Jack Kirby, and more
What's really neat about all of this is that $8.99 also gets you access to all of Scribd's other offerings, which means you could go from reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods to classic runs of Thor all in the same app and all for just $8.99.
Comic book fans will notice one rather large omission from this offering, though. At present, DC Comics has not hopped into bed with Scribd, but if this really takes off like I think it will, don't be surprised if you start seeing the likes of Batman and Superman on the service at some point in the near future.
This huge comic book offering is available on Scribd right now, and if you're a little nervous of how it all handles, you can trial the service free for one month.