Humanoids Comics, one of the world’s most successful graphic novel publishers, has entered the digital age by offering its ebook catalog on iTunes, Google Play and it’s own store. It has also released an app for the iPad where users can sync their Humanoid account and browse catalogs but cannot purchase new material.
The company is currently providing $25 to those who download the new new app in the first month. The funds can be used to purchase the first volumes of a graphic novel series in the Humanoid store. The store also provides free digital copies with the purchase of a physical one and other promotions like one free digital novel a month.
According to Humanoids’ Director, Alex Donoghue, “This offer, will be a great opportunity for our readers to discover new titles, as well explore the Humanoids App as not just a graphic novel and comics reader, but also a useful and easy platform to browse the Humanoids catalog on the iPad, full of many exciting features and exclusive deals.”
Although the app is a good first step, in our view, we are still looking forward to the ability to purchase titles within the app if a cheaper ebook option in not available on the Humanoid store. Hopefully, the 30% Google and Apple toll on all in-app purchases is not going to be a significant barrier for the company in the future.
The only incentive to download the app, we believe, is to access the free content that Humanoid is providing. Otherwise, if you are only interested in digital copies, your best bet could be to look to Google Play or iTunes.
We noticed that the Google Play bookstore provides the best price for some graphic novels. For example, Human Women of the Sacred Heart #3 could be purchased from Google Play for $4.75 or from the Humanoid store for $5.95 or iTunes for $5.99.
The company recently relocated to California, from France last year and is expanding its offerings into new mediums. It is currently adapting many of its Humanoid titles into feature films. Humanoids is considered revolutionary, having influenced generations of writers and artist worldwide.