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Should Marvel experiment with publishing comics in the Kindle format?

I don't have a Kindle reader but I've been thinking about getting one. From what I'm told, they're easier on the eyes than a standard computer screen, and retain their visibility much better in sunlight than standard computer screens. My book shelves are full and I really don't want to buy another book case, so Kindle might be the answer for me. I'm talking about books here, not comics, but maybe Kindle would be a good solution for comics too, since the whole box and board thing is pretty stupid, when you think about it.




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mjyoung





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    Should Marvel experiment with publishing comics in the Kindle format?


No.

1. The Kindle has too many flaws, and many experts think that it won't be around for many years.

2. The Kindle isn't that popular in terms of sales. You are talking about such a small percentage of the population that has one. It's not as popular as an iphone with sales of 1M. Then you also have to think about how many current comic fans have a kindle? I'm guessing the two groups of kindle users and comic readers don't have much overlap.

3. The Kindle isn't in color, and won't be for many years.

4. The Kindle has it's own file formats, that no other system uses. Marvel should focus on creating file formats that can be used across multiple platforms. If an ipod didn't use mp3s, it wouldn't have been successful.

5. Comic viewing would require alot of changes in page structure. Small panels and dialogue would be hard to read. And those changes would be a huge investment on Marvel's part. One comic on kindle is Owly, but it's a comic with huge panels and doesn't use alot of words.

I could go on.

Now, I would encourage Marvel to make leaps into digital comics, but I would look at alternate avenues instead of the Kindle. The biggest platform would just be computers. There is speculation that the iphone will come out in a 10 inch screen, and if so, that would be a great thing to put comics on.



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Rion





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    2. The Kindle isn't that popular in terms of sales. You are talking about such a small percentage of the population that has one. It's not as popular as an iphone with sales of 1M. Then you also have to think about how many current comic fans have a kindle? I'm guessing the two groups of kindle users and comic readers don't have much overlap.


If not for the next two items, I might have said there was hope for better sales in the future.



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    3. The Kindle isn't in color, and won't be for many years.


Oh, that sucks.


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    4. The Kindle has it's own file formats, that no other system uses...


That sucks too. Yeesh. Never mind. Too bad, though, because the Kindle apparently solves the biggest barrier to entry into digital comics, for me: computer screens bother my eyes after about ten minutes.



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    Now, I would encourage Marvel to make leaps into digital comics, but I would look at alternate avenues instead of the Kindle. The biggest platform would just be computers. There is speculation that the iphone will come out in a 10 inch screen, and if so, that would be a great thing to put comics on.


Hmm. Maybe. But it will only work for me (as a reading device) if the screen is eye-friendly.



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The Black Guardian

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    Hmm. Maybe. But it will only work for me (as a reading device) if the screen is eye-friendly.

Since you brought it up, the screen being hard to read has been one of the complaints against Kindle.




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mjyoung





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      Hmm. Maybe. But it will only work for me (as a reading device) if the screen is eye-friendly.



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    Since you brought it up, the screen being hard to read has been one of the complaints against Kindle.


IIRC, the original Kindle actually had good contrast on their screen, making it easy to read. Which was one of the major selling points (easy on the eyes).

Then they brought out the Kindle 2, which had bad contrast (hard on the eyes), and people hated it. Many people wanted the first version instead of the second.

Then they brought out the DX, which apparently has good contrast (easy on the eyes) again. The DX also supports pdfs files now.

It seems that the Kindle also doesn't support removable media like a SD card. That's going to be a major disadvantage, something that competing systems will certainly have. Imagine fitting a 1000 issues of comics on an SD card.




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The Black Guardian

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    IIRC, the original Kindle actually had good contrast on their screen, making it easy to read. Which was one of the major selling points (easy on the eyes).

    Then they brought out the Kindle 2, which had bad contrast (hard on the eyes), and people hated it. Many people wanted the first version instead of the second.

    Then they brought out the DX, which apparently has good contrast (easy on the eyes) again. The DX also supports pdfs files now.

Yeah, but one thing about the PDF support: Any PDFs are scaled to the size of the Kindle screen (rendering scrolling and the zoom inoperable). So, you better hope the PDF was created with the Kindle in mind, or you're screwed.




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