Category Archives: Digital Periodicals

Comic Books Come To HP TouchPad

Aquafadas’ AveComics App To Support HP TouchPad

To see the selection of comics before getting the app, go here.

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Warren Ellis On About Digital Comics

A Collection Of Rambling On The Subject Of Digital Comics

I’m talking with various publishers about digital right now — mostly in a conversational, advisory way — and the one thing I’m trying to impress on everyone is that digital comics revenues are going to stay small for as long as everyone treats digital comics stores as back issue bins. While day-and-date digital releases of print comics is going to help with that, it won’t help enough on its own. It’s going to be the combination of day-and-date AND original digital material that drives the use of these services. (And remember that digital comics aren’t tablet-bound, all these services have web ends too.) And, further, original digital material should not and probably CANNOT be bound to the old model. Forget monthly release patterns. Original Digital Comics — Digital Original? — I need an acronym like my OGN, Original Graphic Novel — could drive people to these services fortnightly or even weekly. And they don’t have to be 22 pages or 20 pages or whatever the current print standard shakes out at. And the price, so far as I know, only has to end with a 9. I’m okay with, say, 10 or 11 pages a fortnight at USD 0.99. Or maybe even 8 pages a week at USD 0.79.

Two points:

1) Say seventy-nine cents a week for 8 pages. That’s about one-third the amount of content for about one-third the price what a classic print comic book is. Hm, so we’re back to the three bucks an issue thing?

2) Original digital material as extras would help. It would push the audience to digital, but also sorely piss off the obsolete stores.

Two other points:

1) I’m not the core fan audience, so what I think probably doesn’t matter.

2) Leaving out eInk devices with eInk screens might not be wise. Why pass up that potential audience? But including eInk would be very difficult. Is this where things cleanly differentiate between color and monochrome?

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Comic Books: Change The Damn Model

Comics Alliance: ‘Wired’ Magazine Forecasts the Death of the Printed Monthly Comic

There’s a bit of a ComicsAlliance teamup over at Wired, where CA contributor Douglas Wolk forecasts a bleak future for the printed monthly comic book in an increasingly digital world, in a piece that includes typically astonishing illustration by occasional CA artist Ulises Farinas. Wolk calls the weekly pull list of pamphlet comics a “dying tradition” whose customers have been “trickling away for years,” but adds that the comics audience has been supplemented by graphic novel readers who buy their books in collections (often at bookstores) and digital readers who want to download their comics either through legal or illegal means.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Bleeding Cool: Marvel To Change The Face Of Newsstand Comics

Bleeding Cool has been the first to bring you news as to how both Hastings and Barnes & Noble have been massively increasing the amount of comic book material they carry.

Well, Marvel seems to have sat up and noticed. I understand that they are launching a massive amount of new ongoing titles for this market, that will anthologise existing material and flood the growing market.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Apple App Store eBook Armageddon Is Cancelled

Apple Reverses Course On In-App Subscriptions

Steve Jobs Blinks! Apple Backs Down On App Subscription Rules

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, I wrote in this post, My Two Revolutionary Wishes For Apple’s WWDC, the following:

1) For Apple to relent, recognize the cultural importance and value-enhancement of books, and let eBookstores sell in-app without requiring a business-murdering 30% vig to Apple.

After posting that, I emailed the link to Steve Jobs.

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DC Comics: Reboot Places Them At Apple’s Mercy

The news was all over the Internet yesterday. DC is revamping most of their comics and wiping their numbering slate clean, starting most of their books with an “Issue #1” stamp.

This is the best post I’ve seen about why:

DC Comics Number One Stunna: The Ballsiest Move of the Decade

Make no mistake, this entire endeavor is focused on the digital market. DC isn’t dumb. They know print is dying. They know they have no chance at beating Marvel in the print market, as years and years of examples have proven. Rejuvenating the characters (literally) and providing a fresh start all across the line isn’t about a quick sales bump in the direct market; it isn’t about the direct market at all. It’s so that people logging into comiXology to check out these digital DC comics they’ve heard about don’t see an issue number in the 900s after Action Comics and throw up their hands.

Emphasis in the original.

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Tablets Are For Men, eBook Devices Are For Women

Female Magazine Fans Flock to Nook Color

On the surface, the reason for the strong performance of female-oriented publications on the Nook is relatively straightforward. Generically speaking, the iPad and other tablets are men’s toys, while the Nook Color and other e-readers are more popular with women. According to data from Forrester Research, 56 percent of tablet owners are male, while 55 percent of e-reader owners are female. Women also buy more books than men do — by a ratio of about 3 to 1, according to a survey last year by Bowker, a research firm for publishers — and are therefore more likely to buy devices that are made primarily for reading books.

But publishers also believe the resonance of the Nook Color among women highlights the vast difference in consumer markets. Some women, at least, seem to prefer their electronic reading devices to be simpler, something they can read on. Tablets with Rock Band, GT Racing and high-res cameras? That’s guy stuff.

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Financial Times iPad Ad

Photographed February 26, 2011:


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Who Says 30% Is Fair?

I blame Amazon for anchoring 30% in everyone’s mind.

I won’t recap the history of that. There’s new ground to cover.

Apple said 30% wouldn’t just rent server space at the App Store. Apple would do actual marketing.

So, has anyone been tracking how many of the over 300,000 apps have been marketed by Apple?

How are they earning that 30% aside from basically renting server space and a poor directory listing to everyone?

Do some math here. Let’s just say there are a nice round 300,000 apps to deal with (and “app” is anything in the App Store).

Over the course of one year, Apple would have to market about 822 apps per day.

In the course of a 24-hour period, that’d mean 34 apps per hour would have to be marketed.

So that means each app would get less than half a minute of marketing from Apple in the course of a year.

And that is worth 30%?

Let’s not forget that the number of apps increases every day.

Do the math from there.

Do you still think that’s worth 30%?

Don’t you think you could do a better job for less?

And I’m not singling out Apple here.

There are over 800,000 books at Amazon. What marketing push are they giving those books for their 30% cut? Every single book marketing email I’ve gotten from Amazon is all about the mainstream crap issued by the Big Six of print — who don’t need any marketing. To find out about others, most people turn to the Kindle Nation Daily newsletter. Which isn’t even part of Amazon!

All of the petit capitalists who talk about efficiency in capitalism, this should be your wake up call.

Wake up or STFU.

The math says 30% is just not fair, period.

It’s time to agitate for change.

Previously here:

The Internet Always Wins
Your Tablet Is Just A Brick Without Third-Party Creators
Memo To HP: Content Adds Its Own Value
Apple’s Next Greedy Move: Exclusivity
Apple Is Now Dead To Me
iOS Developers: You’re Next In Apple’s Sights
Apple’s Content-Creator Recruiting Poster
What Apple Looks Like Today
Apple’s Greed Will Keep This Going
All Devices Should Access Everything. Period.
The Day Apple Became Nathan Myhrvold

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The Day Apple Became Nathan Myhrvold

Apple on Sony Reader: “We Have Not Changed Our Guidelines”

“We have not changed our developer terms or guidelines,” company spokesperson Trudy Miller told me. “We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”

In other words, Apple wants its cut on sales enabled by its iOS devices, it has an established guideline that allows it to take it and that’s what it’s doing. Developers are still free to send customers to their own Web stores, but they must also offer them the option of purchasing content within their apps themselves, and they must route those sales through Apple which will then take its percentage.

What the hell is this nonsense?!

Are we suddenly going to see eBook listings that explicitly say, “Click this link to buy via Mobile Safari and SAVE 30%!!!”?

How long do you think Apple will let that stand?

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List Of iTunes App Store iPad Magazines

Update, May 12, 2011: I see this is a very popular post here. Understand that this list is not comprehensive and that it has not been updated since it was first posted. I don’t intend to do any update, either.

The App Store is a disorganized disaster and this list is further proof of it.

This is a list of magazines created by using the search term “magazine” in the App Store (for iPad), using the desktop iTunes software.

If you have a magazine for sale and it’s not on this list, your business is in deep shit if you’re counting on Apple helping people find it by “magazine” word search!

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