The iPad Could Destroy the Comic Book Industry

PC Speed on July 18, 2011 – 6:52 am -

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The Comic-Con will have three generations of fans. There’s the old-school folks who buy $4 for a comic book that they’ll put in a plastic bag with acid-free cardboard and store. This crowd has been dying off for years. Then there’s the graphic novel and would rather buy comics as squarebound books.

The third group of has arrived. They are the internet- savvy fans who download pirated versions of everything. At first the comics companies didn’t pay much attention to them. But now with the iPad and its magnificent format for comic books expect the sales of comic books to crash. Since there’s no iTunes Store equivalent to sell them digitally—no single place where readers can buy all the comics they’d ever want, old and new, to read on their tablets. Fans will go to any source including pirate versions. Wired

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