n what could be a landmark moment in the struggle between old versus new technology, Amazon has announced that it now sells more copies of its Kindle ebooks than traditional paperbacks.
The online retailer, in posting its latest financial results, revealed that paid-for sales of the electronic format outstrip its total sales of paperbacks
Kind of a big deal.
I know a lot of the comic folk in my Twitter List are loving this, myself included, and want the industry to get ready for the same. We’re still a long ways off from this happening with comics. Why? The iPad.
I know, crazy talk. But, the entry price for the iPad with all of its digital comics apps is still $499. The base price of the Kindle? $139. And let’s not forget you can read them on other digital devices such as the iPad, iPhone and others.
Don’t get me wrong, I know the iPad is selling like hotcakes and every comic reader I know that has purchased one is madly in love with reading comics on it. BUT….that is still a big entry price for comics.
What if there were a cheap Kindle that had a color screen and included a ComiXology-esque app? 9” screen, color, no keypad on the front and the Amazon book store - now with digital comics. Ok…now I’m blowing my own mind here.
What if Amazon started selling digital comics? Why haven’t they started already?