DC vs. BARNES & NOBLE SHOWDOWN

This isn’t new news, but I thought I would post this as a sort of prequel to the Amazon boycott.  Also, I only just heard about it.

DC made the decision to make one hundred digital comics available exclusively through Kindle, so no other digital book purveyor could sell them.  That includes not only Barnes & Noble, but also Kobo, Google, Apple, etc.  Also, it meant no other e-reader would be able to view them.  Since Kindle uses the MOBI format, and no one else does, no Kindle, no comics – or at least not DC ones.  Not the brightest move by DC, since they’re currently losing ground to Marvel in the comic book wars, especially since Marvel has been more successful with the movie adaptations of late.

Barnes & Noble, in response, removed all of the titles from their shelves.  An executive at Barnes & Noble stated:”To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime.”

It was said to be a four month deal, but I checked Kobo and B & N, and neither of them has a single DC title yet.  Here’s an article with some more details: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/19/technology/bookstores-drop-comics-after-amazon-deal-with-dc.html?pagewanted=all

Additional Amazon fact in that article which I didn’t find all that surprising:Last year, in a sort of foretaste of the present conflict, Amazon temporarily removed the “buy” buttons for the publisher Macmillan as part of a struggle over e-book pricing.

Sigh.

Christie

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