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Scribd Pulls Digital Comics From Its Subscription Reading Service (the-digital-reader.com) 32

Popular ebooks platform, Scribd has quietly removed digital comics from its subscription reading service. According to a report on The Digital Reader, the feature was added in February 2015, and may have been pulled as part of a cost-cutting measure. From the article: Scribd confirmed the news in a statement: "We launched comics in 2015, and while we were excited to bring new content to our readers, few actively took advantage of them. We will be focusing our efforts on enhancing the experience surrounding our other great content types including books, audiobooks, magazines, and documents. We alerted comic readers of the news via email in early December. We understand that this news is disappointing to comic readers. This was a difficult decision, and we hope that they'll explore the rest of what Scribd has to offer in the coming months." It's interesting that Scribd says that they informed subscribers, because that is not the impression I get from the complaints on Twitter. Many were surprised when they noticed, and based on the timestamps the comics were apparently pulled on or before 1 December.
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Scribd Pulls Digital Comics From Its Subscription Reading Service

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  • I don't know scribd but any newspaper without comics is a shame...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I looked at their offerings a while back and found the attitude of their website offensive.

    They will never get any money from me, and I suspect I am not alone in this sentiment.

  • >> Scribd says that they informed subscribers

    "...in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard."
  • by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @01:56AM (#53595911) Journal
    This is the problem with subscription services; the provider can change their mind at a whim as to what they provide, leaving subscribers in the lurch. We saw it with the disappearing e-books a while back. Cell phone providers are changing plans all the time, as are TV providers. The situation will only get worse with Software-As-A-Service providers. What are you going to do when your budget software service goes under, or is acquired by a bigger provider and is shut down? Or when your backup provider stops supporting your OS?

    ... and this is on top of all the third party data sharing, affiliate advertising, and security bypass "features" that modern services employ.

    I heartily recommend avoiding subscription services like the plague.
    • I heartily recommend avoiding subscription services like the plague.

      Some subscription services offer a sufficient net benefit that I can overlook issues such as disappearing content. I subscribe to Spotify and it's been enormously beneficial for my musical appreciation on various levels. Yes, every two or three months I notice something on my list is no longer there. Sometimes it re-appears again, sometimes not. If I really miss that content, I can always purchase it.

      I agree that I wouldn't trust a service-based backup system. Neither do I make serious use of Google's se

    • This is the problem with subscription services; the provider can change their mind at a whim as to what they provide, leaving subscribers in the lurch.

      This is only a problem if you pay for a long period (e.g. a year) at a time, and they refuse to refund your unused portion if they substantially reduce their relevant offerings.

  • another one (Score:4, Informative)

    by xlsior ( 524145 ) on Tuesday January 03, 2017 @02:31AM (#53595975) Homepage
    Amazon has pulled tons of comics from their Kindle Unlimited subscription services as well in the past: http://goodereader.com/blog/e-... [goodereader.com] Apparently the big 'problem' with comics (compared to novels) is that the average reader can/will read a few of them in an hour, as opposed to be a few days/weeks for a novel, which really skews the payments and projections, making them too expensive to cover costs under the subscription. Plus there's often extra deals with the publishers like no cost if the reader reads less than 10% of the book which is not uncommon with novels, but for the average comic books that's only a couple of pages so pretty much every reader hits the threshold.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is there a point to this site, other than commandeering .PDFs and placing them inside a tiny JS browser in the center of your screen (and making any sort of download very difficult or impossible to find)?

  • I had the Yuma Sun coming in dead wood only because of the comics. Their digital subscription doesn't include the Sunday Comics or the mass of inserts you normally see on the Sunday paper and I missed them. I recently dropped the digital version when they began charging an additional fee to get both the printed and the digital version. It seemed odd but economically it was cheaper and fit my needs better to just get the dead wood version. I can only surmise that there was an additional licensing fee for the

  • Shocker! Comics stripped of their visual element are inane. These are not conversion to radio plays, which are often rich in description and dialog.

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