I’ve not read a comic since Jean Grey left the X-Men, but there’s still plenty of people that do.
Unfortunately for those that like to pick up an old-school printed comic, they may not be able to do so at their local megabookstore.
Why? Amazon.com bought the exclusive digital rights to several popular titles and bookstores are fighting back — refusing to stock dead-tree versions of Superman, Batman, and many other DC Comics titles that even non-fans have heard of.
The New York Times has the complete scoop.
Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are boycotting Amazon’s exclusive deal because, according to the Times, “the two chains are desperate to avoid becoming showrooms for Amazon’s digital warehouse, which would quickly send them to the bookstore graveyard like their former colleague Borders.”
I’ve flipped through some digital comics on an iPad, and the experience is pretty amazing. But, it’s hard to swat a fly with a rolled up tablet computer. That’s why I keep my 1930s printing of War & Peace around.