Comixology impacted by massive Amazon layoffs

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In the middle of a sea ​​of ​​mass layoffs in the technology industry, Amazon has already announced intention to reduce its workforce with nearly 20,000 job cuts began to unfold this week – and reports are this Comixology, them digital comics showcase Amazon purchased in 2014, is be hit hard.

News of major cuts at Comixology emerged on social media yesterday afternoon, as program manager Scott McGovern confirmed his exit among “many” others. Anonymous staff addressing Polygon alleged that Comixology employees– who are part of Amazon’s stores division, the division on which these new layoffs largely focus – have been told that while some are laid off starting this week, others have been told if they will. be phased out in the coming months or later in 2023.

The true scope of the layoffs at Comixology is unknown, leaving its fate uncertain, especially following a highly controversial redesign of the platform last year. Changes won away beyond redesigning the app and website for the main digital comics storefront and included a disastrous integration of the service more tightly into Amazon’s storefronts, shutting down Comixology’s own website in the process. Between massive errors, clumsy navigation, title discoverability issues and the end of a longRunning a creator royalty program in favor of using Amazon’s Kindle Direct e-book publishing system, Comixology has spent much of the last year apologizing and trying to fix the litany of issues. , a continuous process.

Or at least washing. Amazon’s moves to eviscerate Comixology after nearly a year of customer-creator disputes not only threaten the service’s presence at the forefront of digital comics distribution, but its very existence.


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