By now, I think we’ve all seen the new Comixology updates, as well as the multiple complaints from users of the service – between the shop misdirecting customers, the library being difficult to find, to the actual reading experience becoming impossible – the website has basically become unusable.
And in turn, this means that comic lovers like ourselves now don’t have access to any site with as wide a range of comics, let alone a decent user interface.
Well, that’s actually a small lie, because there are alternatives and workarounds to Comixology’s updates that don’t involve pirating comics illegally, which harms the comic industry as a whole.
And that’s where this blog post comes in – I’m giving you a guide to help you find the best alternatives and workarounds to Comixology!
I’m going to split this into two separate posts – this week is Comixology hacks which I’ve found helps combat the updates, and next week will be alternative places to buy and read comics.
Finding your comics on browser
Use the Kindle Read app.
It sounds silly, but there is a kindle app that you can run through your laptop browser, and it’ll give you your entire bought kindle and Comixology library. It’s entirely free, and you just have to log in with your Amazon account, and you’ll be taken straight to your books!
Now, I will admit, there are still a few hiccups here, such as series not appearing in order when you search for them, but as long as you’ve got the main title and reading guides handy, you shouldn’t have much of a problem finding what you want to read!
My comics won’t download on the app
Use the Kindle read website instead.
I’ve had problems downloading comics to the Comixology app too, and it was infuriating, but it turns out if you use your browser and use the kindle read app, it downloads, or at least lets you read things!
The panels are too small to read
Use a handheld device instead.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but I’ve found it easier to read a lot of comics on my phone/tablet since the update. The words are nowhere near as blurred, or tiny, and you can manually zoom in as far as you want without many problems. It’s been a lifesaver for me – before I discovered how much easier it was to read on my phone, I was sitting, bent in half, with my face inches from the screen as I tried to read some bits of speech. Now, I’m far more relaxed, and not causing my eyes to get any worse!
And that’s everything I’ve discovered recently that makes Comixology easier to use! I hope this was helpful to you, and if you have any hacks/tips you want to share – leave them down below!