Sure it’s dental floss, the iPad is not even a year old ( I’m posting this from one right now). Innovation rarely comes from comfortable old established companies. The fact is these devices are flying off the shelves at Apple stores. Diversity is finally at hand. I predict a wave of exciting new books that don’t pander to the super hero centric market. Remarkable.What if wanted to read a comic? Well, I could, but very little of what’s offered is brand new. The future isn’t coming, it’s here, and if I can buy a big fat $25 book about cinematography, I should be able to buy a silly little $2 comic book. I’ve read several books with the Kindle app on my iPad. While Marvel and DC snooze, I suspect other, more nimble and forward thinking publishers will rush in to fill the void. Give iPad and other tablets a few years and let’s see if Jim Lee wants to revise his analogy. Just last week I was on a train into NYC, and was looking for a book on digital cinematography, found one on Amazon, and was reading it 2 minutes later, without ever leaving my seat on the train. This is myopic on the part of comics publishers.
As someone who’s built up my own digital library for a while now (seriously, i was using big digital photoframes before the ipad came along) I could not agree more with this article. Looking forward to what Dark Horse will announce regarding their digital offerings at C2E2. It’s so sad when the disastrous example of the music industry, an industry way more profitable than comics, is not sobering enough to get these dinosaurs to see the writing on the wall.