DC Comics Arrive on Kindle and iBookstore

DC Comics Arrive on Kindle and iBookstore

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DC is expanding its online presence after digital comics sales increased by 200%.

Digital distribution isn't really one of those things you can ignore anymore. Almost all entertainment mediums, including music, movies, videogames, and even novels have made steady progress towards new electronic formats. Comic books are a little behind the curve however, as most publishers restrict digital sales to specific apps like Comixology. Thankfully, comic book fans who prefer alternatives may finally be in luck: DC Comics is expanding its weekly issue releases to the Kindle, iTunes, and Nook storefronts.

"It's not a move [away from Comixology]," said DC Entertainment Senior Vice President of Digital Hank Kanalz, "it's an expansion ... My charter is to go as wide as possible, and to expand to as many readers as possible. That's what this is."

Graphic novel collections were already available through digital storefronts, but a recent increase in digital sales seems to have prompted the expansion to single issues. According to Kanalz, digital sales rose a stunning 197% from last year alone. In response, 70 titles have been added to the popular storefronts, including New 52 superhero stories, Vertigo titles, and even a selection of back issues. More books will be added in the coming months. "We're starting with day-and-date digital, then move to the backlist," Kanalz added.

What's surprising about this particular digital transition is that unlike other entertainment media, digital comic books don't seem to be undercutting physical sales. Physical comic book sales remained steady over the past year, even managing a slight 12% increase. It's possible that long-time comic book readers are sticking with physical editions, while the 197% digital increase is coming from new readers unfamiliar with brick-and-mortar comic shops. Regardless, the figures are promising enough while DC has little to lose in the venture, and if new readers are introduced to some good comics along the way, all the better.

Source: CNET

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Bout damn time. I originally bought my Kindle because I wanted to read comics, specifically DC comics, on it. Then DC pulled almost its entire line-up from the usual stores for no apparent reason. Left me with a 150 dollar Angry Birds player.

I bet that the massive spike in digital sales is due to how obnoxiously hard it can be to find a good comic book store. In my hometown, you have to drive an hour to get to the nearest store... and as much as I like comics and nerd hobby stores in general, driving an hour both ways is a real pain in the ass.

Essentially, people who have stores near them will keep buying physical, but the rest of us will want to buy digital, especially if it winds up being cheaper.

I would totally be into getting comic books on a Kindle... looks like I'll be upgrading to the color edition soon.

Why does Green Lantern have a radioactive dick in that picture?

DVS BSTrD:
Why does Green Lantern have a radioactive dick in that picture?

what? I don't..........0_0....oh my

this is good..and Itunes huh? I don;t have a reader of anykind so I'd rather stick with physical (and its weirding me out the Idea that99% of my leasure time is spent in front of screens)

I also like suporting the comicbook store because the people there are nice

DVS BSTrD:
Why does Green Lantern have a radioactive dick in that picture?

In case you're not trolling, it's a mini-gun

OT: I really don't like reading digital comics, I'll always be a TPB/HC guy.
Though I do download the free books marvel is giving away with some of their new release (like the Season One series)

I suspect it's like porn before the days of the internet. Nobody wants to be seen buying porn but will quite happily watch it online. The nerdy image of comics makes buying them a private vice.

It's good that they're really pushing digital sales. They must make a good profit from them since they're about the same price as a physical copy, but without the unit costs. This doesn't affect me too much as I get my digital comics through Comixology already as it's convenient, and a good reading experience.

All I want is for Marvel to allow it's digital unlimited customers to access their comics on mobile devices. They're pushing mobile digital so much, but leaving those customers who pay big bucks a year with a crappy flash based site you can only use properly on a PC. I don't want to read comics on my PC. It's too uncomfotable.

I dunno, while I'm fine with buying a novel off of the ibook store or a game off of steam, I'm not sure if I could part with the smell of dat new comic book.

Too bad the only DC comics I care to read is the one I get physically. I have to have Hellblazer books.

Eh. Based on my experiences the Kindle Fire is just a bit too small to comfortably read comics on. Personally I'd rather have physical copies for just that reason.

The thing that would make it worth it? No ads. I'm not a frequent comic reader (I mainly pick up trade paperbacks instead of individual issues when I do bother) and was baffled by the 1-1 page-ad ratio in a comic I borrowed from a friend. (One of the New 52 Teen Titans books, I think)

"It's possible that ... the 197% digital increase is coming from new readers unfamiliar with brick-and-mortar comic shops."

It's also possible that the digital increase is coming from former readers who ARE familiar with brick-and-mortar comic shops.

albino boo:
I suspect it's like porn before the days of the internet. Nobody wants to be seen buying porn but will quite happily watch it online. The nerdy image of comics makes buying them a private vice.

Personally, I've dropped paper medium wherever I can. I loves me some digital books, especially since I was able to re-download my entire collection to my new kindle after a fire ruined my old one. Comics going digital is a good way to get me to buy them again, especially since my space is more a premium now.

Actually, Marvel Comics' Unlimited subscription is pretty tempting, in itself, though I'd rather see the comics available on Amazon's kindle service.

I can't speak for everyone, though.

Falterfire:
Eh. Based on my experiences the Kindle Fire is just a bit too small to comfortably read comics on. Personally I'd rather have physical copies for just that reason.

The thing that would make it worth it? No ads. I'm not a frequent comic reader (I mainly pick up trade paperbacks instead of individual issues when I do bother) and was baffled by the 1-1 page-ad ratio in a comic I borrowed from a friend. (One of the New 52 Teen Titans books, I think)

I'm using an 8" tablet which is just about perfect for digital comics in my opinion. Now, if only it was just about perfect for RPG books....

 

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