Barnes & Noble pulls DC graphic novels over digital rights

Discussion in 'Comic Books and Graphic Novels' started by Mr. Sinister, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Mr. Sinister

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    Barnes & Noble to pull DC graphic novels in digital spat - latimes.com

     
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    This is just the beginning of the digital distribution book war we will see in the coming years.
     
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    Yep, going to be interesting though. I don't recall reading any music record stores complaining or removing product to protest the sale of music online. Seems to me the majority of the comic industry is far more reliant also on brick and mortar shops, since the type of outlets that carry their product is quite limited. Personally I believe that the huge cost of buying monthly comics is a big factor in enticing new fans, and hopefully digital is the way to bring it down. Tv episodes can be had for a dollar, and those are at around 25 min to 45 min of entertainment, whereas most comics cost 3-4 dollars, and those, especially the ones written for the trade, can be done in about 5-10 minutes. Video games you see on the iPad, typically go for anywhere from 1-10 dollars and those are hours of entertainment. You can see why most people wouldn't bother.
     
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    Its a pretty pissant attempt at leverage on B+Ns part, it isn't going to stop anyone who wants the books from buying them and they woulden't even be trying it at all if it was one of the major publishing houses.
     
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    Bravo B&N, hoping that my employer (UKs largest book chain) start standing up to publishers regarding Amazon. We've started out war quietly, but I'd love to see the f**kers get a decent slap down the line. Amazon = cheap prices, shitty service.
     
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    I've been using Amazon since the late 90's and have never had service issues with them. Shit arrives on time, usually in better condition then off shop shelves and gets replaced or refunded with no argument when things go wrong.
     
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    Let's see, if this means DC will end up making its entire back catalogue available through Comixology or their own DC Service........the outcome is bad for the consumer how?
     
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    I'm with Yak on this one I've never had a problem with Amazon in all the years i've been using them. I preordered my Fire too.

    B and N are being very petty and only driving business to smaller retailers.
     
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    This is only going to hurt Barnes & Noble. My wife works there and says she's already had customers come in wanting to buy Watchmen and Batman graphic novels and couldn't.
     
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    This is really affecting the people that can't waste 300 bucks on some stupid e-Kindle that only works for 5 minutes before crashing. Might as well do this in schools too!
     
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    Doesn't bother me. This just means my local comic shop will get even more business from me. I see the reason why B&N is doing it, but I question if it is really worth it.
     
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    Well, this sucks.
     
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    QFT. I try to buy as much as I can from Amazon bc they have the best customer service, esp with refunds.
     
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    Cool support your local comic shop instead.
     
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    I remember during the early 2000s, B&N got an exclusive hardcover of Ultimate Spider-man collecting something like the first 50 issues for a really good price, a lot of comic retailers were up in uproar, some vowing to boycott Marvel TPBs, and now look at what's happened :) 
     
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    Its going to bite them in the ass. But be good for Amazon and comic shops! :thumbs2: 

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    I do hope that Nook will be able to keep up with Kindle Fire and not fade away. Keep in mind that Nook may be the only thing keeping the B&N franchise from going the way of Borders, so here's hoping things will get better for them soon.
     
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    My B & N either didn't get or chose to ignore the memo.
     
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    Yeah, mine too. They had copies of [atleast] a good portion of the new 52 comics and the graphic novels were still on the self. I asked one of the employees about it and she was suprised about what I told her [from her reaction I could tell she was big into graphic novels.].