How many comics does it take to get to the center of the internet?

October 28th, 2009 by

This is the type of thing I’ve been waiting for for awhile. Not just for comics, but for all sorts of magazines, but it’s going to be especially nice for comics. That is, if the publishers get on board, of course. I’ve been reading stuff on Marvel’s Digital site for awhile, plus webcomics for years now, not to mention Zuda, and cd collections. I really don’t have any problem reading comics on a computer screen. And imagine this: you’re on a trans-oceanic flight, and don’t want to read the latest Michael Crichton or Dan Brown. Depending on capacity for the device, you can have hundreds of issues of comics in your lap for reading during the flight. Sure, you could use a laptop, but then, you could use a laptop for a music player as well.

I’d like to see some more details soon, like a price point, capacity, what kind of format the comics and magazines are going to be in, not to mention how much it’ll cost for the comics. But unless there are some outrageous drawbacks, this is going on my list of things to save up for.

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One Response to “How many comics does it take to get to the center of the internet?”

  1. Martin Says:

    Hmmm… yet another reason to lust after an apple tablet. I’ve been talking about the possibility of such a device for over a year now, and it’s still exciting to me.

    I think the original article that gizmodo summarizes is interesting in that it basically ignores the existing comic book distribution channels for the iPhone, assuming a new player (this “longbox” company) would be brought in by Apple, presumably to perform some kind of content middle-man role. And while it might be cool to buy comic books directly from iTunes, rather than having to download a 3rd party app, that would probably run the existing players completely out of the market.

    At present, I think there are dozens of ways to buy comics for your iPhone (which of course I’m assuming would also be available on any new tablet device, because frankly, if the “apps” aren’t there, it seems unlikely to me that the market will be). Probably the most popular one is called Panel Fly, (but honestly I have no idea which of these is most popular, and I fully admit I could even be missing the most popular ones), but there is also ClickWheel (whose name, at least, has been around since the original iPod), and Comic Zeal.

    Incidentally, here is an article over at Newsarama from back in February talking about this same possibility.