I love how webcomics have been around for what seems like an internet eternity now, and there's been this huge revolution in cutting out the big evil middle man (which it seems has been the goal of indie comics people since the dawn of time. I mean, you don't even have to go to Kinko's or anything!), but of course none of this counts as "digital comics" because it had nothing to do with the publishers. I mean, it might seem pathetic that the publishers don't want to admit that brick-and-mortar stores are dying, but isn't it just as bad that we're still clinging to the publishers?
I'm not saying I wouldn't go digital in comics because of this. I wouldn't go digital in comics because I wouldn't go digital in any paper format right now. There's just too many downsides that aren't made up for by the upsides.
No, you're missing the point of why comics on iPads etc. are attractive to publishers both large and small: it's all about the "walled garden" and its included controllable path of payment.
So boot up your iPads and download away because it is the future and the faster we kill Diamond the better... just remember you can't really read an iPad in the bathtub so the world will always have a place for real printed books.
Oh and Ten pounds of inedita I agree with you completely about the economics but if you want a real world example of what pirating does please look at my post. We invested nearly $100,000.00 over almost ten years only to find ourselves broke and tired.
I didn't say it wasn't attractive. What I said was that it was never going to be something that 'everyone' would be able to participate in so long as it requires a $500 + entertainment device to read.
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