ComiXology Subscription Will Let You Gorge on Thousands of Digital Comics


Digital comics storefront ComiXology has long been a destination for readers who want to get their comics fix without risking human interaction at a retail location. This week, the company announced a monthly online subscription service that offers unlimited viewing of thousands of titles for $6 a month.

While not quite the “Netflix of comics”—Marvel and DC are not opting into their library at present, and the service is actually owned by Amazon—ComiXology can still offer you a pretty substantial queue. Titles like Scott Pilgrim, Hellboy, Archie, and Chew join catalog titles like Love and Rockets, Spawn, and The Walking Dead, with the selection expected to rotate in a manner similar to movie streaming sites.

There is some criticism stirring for the model. Publishers may not offer the latest monthly titles, preferring to maintain their initial-release sales numbers; not all issues of a particular comic may be available, requiring consumers to spend more to finish a run; several creators have taken to Twitter to criticize the distribution method, which they allege doesn’t pay royalties for their work to be reproduced. Fans looking to decide whether the service is for them have 30 days to cancel without being charged.

[h/t Gizmodo]

Here's the Right Way to Pronounce Kitchenware Brand Le Creuset

If you were never quite sure how to pronounce the name of beloved French kitchenware brand Le Creuset, don't fret: For the longest time, southern chef, author, and PBS personality Vivian Howard wasn't sure either.

In this video from Le Creuset, shared by Food & Wine, Howard prepares to sear some meat in her bright orange Le Creuset pot and explains, "For the longest time I had such a crush on them but I could never verbalize it because I didn’t know how to say it and I was so afraid of sounding like a big old redneck." Listen closely as she demonstrates the official, Le Creuset-endorsed pronunciation at 0:51.

Le Creuset is known for its colorful, cast-iron cookware, which is revered by pro chefs and home cooks everywhere. The company first introduced their durable pots to the world in 1925. Especially popular are their Dutch ovens, which are thick cast-iron pots that have been around since the 18th century and are used for slow-cooking dishes like roasts, stews, and casseroles.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Whole Foods Groceries To Your Door

Since its acquisition of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in 2017, Amazon has slowly been ramping up synergy between the two brands. An Amazon Go concept convenience store in Seattle allows customers to enter, scan their cell phone, and walk out with groceries without having to stand in line; select Amazon products, like their Echo devices, have made their way onto retail shelves.

Now, consumers in Austin, Dallas, Cincinnati, and Virginia Beach can use their status as an Amazon Prime customer to get free home delivery of their Whole Foods groceries. Beginning Thursday, February 8, the market will drop off orders within two hours. (One-hour delivery carries a $7.99 charge.)

“We're happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey said in a statement. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Most everything in the store is eligible for delivery, though we’re not certain they’d deliver a live lobster. “Select” alcohol is also available. You can visit to see if you’re in their delivery region. Keep checking, as they plan to expand throughout 2018.

If you’re not near a Whole Foods at all, other regional grocery chains like Wegman’s also offer home delivery on a subscription-based pricing structure.

[h/t The Verge]


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