Kobo Adds Marvel Digital Comics

Marvel_Wallpaper_Series___LOGO_by_Aks_DesignsA new partnership brings more than 250 of Marvel’s digital comics to Kobo’s catalog.

Many of those titles are tied to popular franchises with established fan bases, like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, so the move probably doesn’t herald a seismic shift in the outlook for fixed-layout and illustrated ebooks.

Still, it’s a modest vote of confidence in the format on Kobo’s part, not to mention an expanded play in a field dominated by ComiXology, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year.

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