DC Comics Go Digital, Invade Apple Devices Everywhere
While the application is free, comic book downloads will run users anywhere from $.99 to $2.99 per issue. However you can try out the application with a free few selections including Batman: Black & White. The app also includes offerings from Wildstorm and Vertigo.
As Comics Alliance points out, paying the same price for a digital print as you will for a collectible paper print probably won’t make sense to serious comic book collectors and is meant more for casual readers. For example “Generation Lost” is released on the same day as the print copy for the exact same $2.99 price. Perhaps that pricing works for someone who can’t get to their local comic book store or a user who doesn’t have easy access to comics, which may open up an entirely new market to DC, but it probably won’t satisfy collectors.
A big plus is that DC offers “non-superhero titles” such as “Fables,” “Sandman,” “The Unwritten” and “The Losers” alongside their more popular titles, a fact that may open up the “indy comic arena” to a whole new set of readers.
Just like the Apple app store, comics are also given a star rating (up to five stars) with user reviews, a great option for readers looking to download a new series, but unsure of the series quality. Users can also read descriptions of each issue directly from that comics personal page within the store, but DC Alliance warns that some descriptions didn’t fit the comics they were touting so buyer beware!
Here’s a screenshot of the DC Comic store:
So what do you think, are you willing to download your comics in digital form? If you’ve already installed the app let us know what you think about the comic store and the actual digital prints of the comics.