You may have heard – Apple recently released their much anticipated iPad. With so much build-up and buzz, app developers had plenty of time to prepare their wares for the big debut. Two apps in the initial wave should be particularly appealing to preternatural fans and readers of comic books.
The Comics by comiXology app for the iPad is reportedly the largest and most comprehensive digital comic book reader, store and retail locator to launch on the device. Fans can browse, purchase and read new and favorite titles from comiXology’s library of more than 1,300 comic books from over 30 publishers. Print comic book enthusiasts will find the app useful as well. The built-in Retail Locator and Pull list features allow them to locate the closest comic book store and pre-order traditional comic books to be delivered to their favorite retailer.
“Today represents a milestone achievement in bringing comics to the mainstream on the most highly coveted and anticipated device of the year,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “The iPad opens up a world of viewing opportunities for new and existing comic book fans while capturing the ver essence of what makes comics so special to readers. We take great pride in being the largest comic book store on the iPad while remaining fully committed to the print and retail community.”
Marvel Comics also worked with comiXology to create the perfect iPad app for fans of Marvel’s titles. The Marvel Comics App is a landmark app including more than 500 of Marvel’s greatest titles, from the classic to modern. Every comic available through Marvel Comics App i optimized for the iPad through painstaking re-coloring and re-digitizing of select content.
“We’re excited to introduce an unparalleled digital comic experience for our fans with the Marvel Comics App for iPad,” said Dan Buckley, publisher & CEO of Marvel Publishing. “The iPad is the first device that offers us a chance to present digital comics that are even close to replicating the experience of reading a print comic. This new world of digital comics distribution provides us with great opportunities to reach new readers, allow consumer to sample our diverse stories and characters, and we believe it will drive these new fans into the App Store and local comic shops each week to find even more.”
More comic book and graphic novel apps are likely to follow, particularly if these two are well recieved. If they are…questions remain regarding what this will do to the traditional comic book collector’s market as well as whether digital titles once purchased will continue to be available to fans as technology changes the way paper comic books are.
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