Marvel: Year End Collections Sale

wolverine_For years, stores had huge sales after the holidays to blowout inventory. Fast forward to 2016 and those same year end sales now extend to digital too!

Right now, Amazon is having its Marvel Comics Year End Collections Sale.  It features over 300 popular graphic novels (individual issues and collections). Prices start at 99 cents and the sale runs through January 2, 2017.

These can be read on both the Kindle devices and the comiXology apps.

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Daily Links and Deals: E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

daily_links_1Today, finally a color e-ink display, but no e-reader yet. Also,  a look at how Hollywood influences library purchases in Australia, a new ComiXology subscription service, the discontinuation of the Nexus Player, and new standards for captions and subtitles. In deals, 60% off some great luggage sets and $20 off Battleborn for the PS4.

Daily Links for Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Twitter introduces 4 big changes that will make tweets much easier to send and read (PC World) Names and pictures won’t eat into your limit anymore! And a few other good things will be coming soon. Of course, not everyone is happy about these changes.

Google pulls the plug on the Nexus Player (Liliputing) So long, Nexus Player. You’ve been discontinued.

E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers (Techcrunch) We are getting closer to that color e-reader everyone wants, but we;re not anywhere close to a color e-reader yet!

Comixology launches new digital comic subscription service (Entertainment Weekly) I am in the midst of testing ComiXolgy now. I am testing the app, so there’s more to come on this story. There are a lot of complaints about the app for the Kindle Fire tablets…

Accessibility Standards: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Expands Work on Captions and Subtitles for More Accessible Video Content (Infodocket) New global guidelines so that the caption and subtitle experience is more consistent world-wide.

New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on Congress.gov (In Custodia Legis) If you track different legislation, this is a great new tool! This is replacing Thomas and will be a LOT easier.

Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes (SMH) Libraries have to concentrate on the titles that readers ask for. In Australia, books buoyed by film adaptations seem to be getting the lion’s share of the interest.

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s selection of Kindle Daily Deals includes The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli for $1.99.

In Today’s Deals, save up to 60% off luggage & accessories. Also, you can save $20 on Battleborn for the PS4.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith for $1.99. The Romance Daily Find is Mr. Darcy Forever by Victoria Connelly for $2.99.

Kobo’s Daily Deal is Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon for $1.99. The Extra Daily Deal is Damaged by H.M. Ward for 99 cents.

iTunes’ Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Do Fish Drink Water? Puzzling and Improbable Questions and Answers by Bill McLain for 99 cents.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)


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Free Digital Comics and Graphic Novels

walking_deadLooking for digital comics and graphic novels that you can read in an ebook format or online? There is actually a lot of free content available, particularly if you like older comics. Here’s a look at a few of the options out there:

Your Library

This is the first place to look! Most libraries offer some digital comics as part of the digital collections. The collection will vary from library to library and depend on the delivery service your library uses (Overdrive, Hoopla, etc).

Free

Newer comics:

Dark Horse Comics: Retailer Dark Horse offers a selection of over a hundred digital comics that can be downloaded for free. (App for Web, iOS, Android)

DriveThruComics: Retailer DriveThruComics offers a large selection of free and pay-what-you-want comics along with their regular paid selections.

ComiXology:  ComiXology (owned by Amazon) has a selection of curated free comics that includes Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and more.

Amazon: Since Amazon bought out Comixology, they have a whole category of Comics and Graphic novels on the site. You can search by price from low to high and find a large number of free comics.

Older comics:

ComicBookPlus: Comicbookplus has a huge collection of Silver and Golden age comics, as well as comic strips, non-English comics and pulp fiction graphic novels.

Digital Comic Museum:  The Digital Comics Museum offers over 15.000 free comics. All were published before 1959 and are in the public domain.

The Internet Archive:  The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of works in the public domain. Includes manga and Ace comics and so much more. They are always adding new items to their collection.

The Pulp Fiction Archive: The Pulp Fiction Archive has also some comics in its collection.

Included with Books Subscriptions

Kindle Unlimited: Over 6,000 comics are available in the Kindle Unlimited all-you-can read subscription service.

Scribd: Scribd has a number of comic in their catalog, including Marvel, Dynamite and other publishers. How much content is available

Comic Subscriptions

If you are a heavy comics reader, there are several services that do all-comic subscription services.

Marvel Unlimited: Marvel Unlimited is a $9.99 per month subscription service that offers only comics from the Marvel comic universe.

Comicblitz (iOS comaptibilty only) Comicblitz is a comic subscription service that offers an all-you-can-read selection of thousands of comics and graphic novels from various publishers. $9.99 per month. (You get 5 free issues on signup.)

(This is a updated and expanded version of  a previous post, Free Comic Books. )

Daily Links: 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books

From Digital Book World, American Library Association announces 90% of Public Libraries now lend e-books.

From a story in Publishers Weekly, Comixolgy to offer  DRM-free backup copies.

And a couple of e-book finds of the day from my TBR list in the Daily Deals: one of John Brunner’s fascinating SF titles, The Shockwave Rider, and, Midsummer Moon, a humoruous romance by Laura Kinsale (one with a hedgehog, no less!).

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news.