Media Release — ComiXology announced today that the first six books in Jeff Kinney’s best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, are now available digitally through a dedicated iOS app powered by comiXology – the revolutionary digital comics platform that recently crested 100 million downloads of comics and graphic novels. The brand new seventh book, The Third Wheel, will be available for downloaded on November 13th, the same day as the print release. The Third Wheel is currently available for pre-order at www.comiXology.com.
With over 75 million copies in print worldwide, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid iOS app presents the series in Guided View – comiXology’s patent pending reading technology that turns reading comics into an experience and redefines how comics are read on digital devices. Also, those Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans that own iPads with Retina display will see more than ever before with comiXology’s high definition file format dubbed CMX-HD.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a phenomenon among young readers and looks amazing in Guided View on all devices,” said comiXology’s co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We’re looking forward to introducing a whole new world-wide audience through the comiXology powered Diary of a Wimpy Kid iOS app and the comiXology platform as a whole, including Comics4Kids.”
“The release of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in e-book formats is a long awaited and much anticipated publishing event,” said Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams. “The books are phenomenally successful, having reached over 75 million kids worldwide, and we beliaeve making them available as e-books will be another great way for kids to read them and for booksellers to sell them.”
The entire Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is also available through the newly released upgrade of comiXology’s Comics4Kids iOS app with “parent friendly sync” and the comiXology platform available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web
Diary of a Wimpy Kid first appeared online, on the website www.FunBrain.com in 2004, where it has been read by over 20 million readers.
Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel will release on November 13, 2012. Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series in 2007.
More than 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print in 41 languages in more than 44 countries around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people in the world. There are three major motions pictures based on the books, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide in box office sales. The book series won Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Jeff Kinney won a Children’s Choice Book Award in 2012. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island, Wimpy Wonderland, on www.poptropica.com, remains one of the most visited on the site.