In the last year or so, there has been a lot of talk about digital comics. We’re going to be talking about the subject extensively later on in the class. However, until then, here are a couple of news stories that are important to the bigger discussion:
Barnes & Noble twin-screen e-reader revealed early?
One of the biggest hurdles to success of digital comics is the device itself upon which these comics would be experienced. Many people are looking to the supposedly impending Apple tablet is the “killer device” in this regard. However, I think we need to keep our eyes on the ebook reader market as well – especailly those ebook readers that are going to features color e-ink. (read)
Swipe File: Marvel 3.0 and Longbox
The other big hurdles to the success of digital comics is the service/provider who is going to get the books onto our preferred reading device. A couple of years back, Marvel launched its digital comics service – and has been going gang busters ever since. There are a couple of other worthy competitors out there – the most notable being Longbox (which is in closed beta currently). Longbox has the potential to kill Marvel at this game because its taking an iTunes-like approach – as opposed to Marvel’s purely online (walled garden) approach (read)