Thursday, November 11, 2010

DC goes digital in comics ...

Should comic book stores be worried?
DC Comics unveiled its new digital comic book store this week.
It provides access to read and download some 800 different digital comics from one Web location.
The site is fully compatible with DC's iPad and iPhone App.
Now one shouldn't expect that digital comics will mean comic stores will go the way of the vanishing record/music stores, but it still represents yet another challenge to the business of comic book stores.
Hopefully it will attract the prospective younger comic book readers out there, that comic stores can't woo in.
Most older, long-time readers,like me, aren't likely to convert completely to digital comics, preferring to still have a hard, slick copy in their possession.
But finding a comic you missed might be a lot more convenient to finding the digital realm.
Digital comics are selling for less that the traditional comic. For example, some are priced as low as 99 cents. Others sell for $1.99-$2.99, or $1-$2 less than the printed versions sold for.
Of course, there is no delivery charge to worry about in digital comics.
DC has Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Justice League, Sandman and more available 24/7 at
You might need a flash program update to access the site. Then, you have to register and DC accepts Visa or Mastercard for payment,
Marvel Comics has had a digital comics service for sometime now. It boasts over 5,000 titles and even has a monthly membership fee.
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1 comment:

  1. You know, realistically, there's no reason for digital comics to cost 1.99 or 2.99.

    Where's the cost overhead with digital comics in comparison to publishing printed comics? It has to be very little. I'm not saying there isn't cost in hosting etc., but it's nothing compared to printing out bulk publications of Comic books.

    I don't see why ALL digital comics couldn't be priced at 99 cents, and DC would still profit from them.

    Of course, that WOULD definitely impact the comic book shops, so maybe there's another reason digital comics are 1-2.99 etc.