COMICS’ PROS AND PUBLISHERS REACT TO iPAD
With Apple’s announcement of their new iPad device, the comics industry is abuzz with the potential for digital comics.
Creators and publishers of comic books have anticipated the Apple tablet ever since rumors began surfacing late last year, because it offers a vertical e-book reader that has a color screen — something important for the experience of reading comic books.
Newsarama contacted artists, writers and executives at a variety of comic book publishers to find out their reaction to the news, and their thoughts on how it will affect comic books.
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It seems the comic world is liking the iPad and thinks it will broaden readership. One thing I really like about the iPad is the mobility of most types of entertainment in a slim flat object. It is like carrying around your favorite library, newspaper, television, ipod, communications, and photo album all in one, on a screen that won’t make you go blind. Add a phone option…via speaker of course, because holding up the iPad to your ear is kind of ridiculous, and you want for nothing more to carry than your car keys.
I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon just yet, I want to wait for the second or even third generation. Let them work out any kinks and get more upgrades at lower pricing. What do you think? Will you be getting the iPad? How do you think it will affect physical book buying? What about affects on using Kindle?