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Review: The DC/Marvel/Comixology Digital Comics Reader

Two weeks ago, DC Comics announced that they’d entered into a partnership with digital comics leader Comixology to not only provide downloadable titles for the Comixology reader, but also offer it’s own dedicated reader using Comixology software.

DC joins Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Boom, and nearly 30 other publishers who’ve used Comixology to make a smooth entry into the e-comics field. In fact, DC was the last of the major publishers to sign up, and so the news was followed by a flood of “digital comics have finally arrived” reports, no matter that Marvel, Boom!, and others had done the same thing months before.

But the arrival of DC in the digital market won’t mean much if comics don’t translate well to the new medium. So what kind of reading experience do the DC and Marvel apps (they’re identical, except for the content offered) provide?

The Comixology reader is only one part of the comixology.com hub, a social networking site where comic readers can create profiles, manage “pull lists” of books they’re planning to purchase, rate and review them, read columns, and download podcasts. The reader, currently available for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, allows the user to then purchase digital content directly from the publisher for $1.99 an issue.
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Wednesday Links 12-02-2009

Wow, been a while. Here’s a healthy collection of links to make up for the last few weeks. And if you’re sick of my style, fear not: Nico is back and will be helming next week’s edition.

Books I Would Read… If I Could Read #1: A Moveable Feast

Introducing our new webcomic Books I Would Read… If I Could Read by Aaron Block. If you have a hard time reading the web post version, you can download the .pdf below.

This week: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway.

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Downloadable PDF (click to view PDF in your browser, right-click and “Save as…” or the equivalent to save it)

Wednesday Links 9-2-2009

While Nico’s on hiatus, we’ll try our best to keep up with the Wednesday links. We’ve been having some techinical troubles so far this week, so I’ve kept this one short (since I was worried I might not even be able to post it). Bear with us while we work out the kinks: we can’t all be all-star internet scourers of Nico’s caliber.

iPhone Readers: ClickWheel Comics

I’m not very versed in comics. I never really read them when I was a kid, and though I’ll occasionally read a graphic novel, serialized comics just aren’t something I can get into, mostly because I don’t know where to start. So maybe it’s no surprise that ClickWheel Comics app has a whole bunch of titles I’ve never heard of before, and a couple of which I have. It’s a free download that gets right down to business: a menu offers the available series and then you select the issue within each header, then the format (or more to the point the provider) and you’re off.
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Why Can’t They Get Along? The Meritocracy of New Media Part 2 (of a sort)

 

In his post the other day, my esteemed colleague mentioned his preference for watching televisions shows online with sites such as Hulu. He mentioned the “brute force” distributor control that is slowing things down.  He said more, and I agree with most of what he said.  I won’t repeat it; you can read it on your own.  I want to chime in though (be forewarned, I can ramble like the best of them).

I derive a geeky pleasure from reading tech blogs like DVICE, and reading about future technologies being worked out by company labs now.  Sometimes, though, the technology we are aching for as consumers is actually a few years old.  Our economy and our society’s technological gumption both rely heavily on competition.  When companies are locked in battle, fighting for market share by creating the best product, the consumer and technology both benefit.  When their hearts aren’t really in it (as I would assert is the case going on with Sony and Amazon with their readers), the consumer and technology suffer.


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Homebrew DS eReader

Here’s another cool thing I came across concerning ereaders on Nintendo’s DS handheld.  It looks to be an ereader for comic books only.  This one’s a homebrew (read: will void your warranty) program and probably has less funtionality than the lackluster comic readers on the iPhone anyway, but it’s nice to see even homebrewers and hackers getting aboard the ebook wagon.