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DC Comics announced last week that they will be bringing at least 100 collected works exclusively to Amazon‘s brand new Kindle Fire eReader.

Contrary to the thoughts in my head, the Kindle Fire is not an unfortunate malfunction of the popular eReader. It is, in fact, a brand new model that allows full-color appreciation of digital media. And with this new device’s announcement, it was only a matter of time until we started seeing information about comics. The interesting thing about this, though, is that DC will be offering these 100 books exclusively to the Kindle Fire. This sounds like a really big deal as it abandons the comiXology model and the extremely iOS devices from Apple. Well, at least it sounds like it’s interesting.

In fact, a lot of the collected works on the Kindle list, including Batman: Hush and Grant Morrison’s Batman and Robin, are already on comiXology’s iOS applications. So, it gives Amazon a cool thing to say about having an exclusive deal, but that’s only because it’s the work as a collection. You will most likely be able to purchase all of the content on all platforms.

I do like the idea of purchasing the comics as a collected work, and I think that this model will be extremely effective for all parties involved. But, it is apparent that with their content available on both formats, they are attempting to reach all comic markets. Their Kindle approach is clearly intended to reach the casual comic fan with an eReader, and announcing Watchmen as one of the available works is certainly evidence of that, while DC’s approach to the iPad is more for the hardcore comics reader. And with the announcement of day and date digital availability, that is clear is day.

This is a great way to appeal to both markets, and it will be interesting to see exactly how long this “exclusive” lasts.

Listed here below are all of the comic book collections that have been announced, thus far:

All Star Superman
All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder, Vol. 1
American Vampire Vol. 1
Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
Batman and Robin, Vol. 2: Batman vs. Robin
Batman and Robin, Vol. 3: Batman Must Die!
Batman and Son
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Hush
Batman: R.I.P.
Batman: The Black Glove
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
Batman: Year One
Blackest Night
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol. 1
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Vol. 2
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps
Brightest Day, Vol. 1
Brightest Day, Vol. 2
Brightest Day, Vol. 3
Daytripper
Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile
Fables Vol. 2: Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 3: Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 5: The Mean Seasons
Fables Vol. 6: Homeland
Fables Vol. 7: Arabian Nights (and Days)
Fables Vol. 8: Wolves
Fables Vol. 10: The Good Prince
Fables Vol. 11: War and Pieces
Fables Vol. 12: The Dark Ages
Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover
Fables Vol. 14: Witches
Fables Vol. 15: Rose Red
Green Lantern Vol. 3: Wanted Hal Jordan
Green Lantern: Agent Orange
Green Lantern: Blackest Night
Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns
Green Lantern: Rebirth
Green Lantern: Secret Origin
Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
Identity Crisis
Kingdom Come
MAD About Oscars
MAD About Superheroes
MAD About Superheroes
MAD About the 50’s
MAD About the 60’s
Marzi
Planetary Vol. 1: All Over the World and Other Stories
Planetary Vol. 2: The Fourth Man
Planetary Vol. 3: Leaving the 20th Century
Planetary Vol. 4: Spacetime Archaeology
Superman for All Seasons
Superman: Earth One
The Dark Knight Strikes Again
The Flash: Rebirth
The Joker
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 1)*
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. 2 )*
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists
The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You
The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives
The Sandman Vol. 8: World’s End
The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake
The Sandman: Dream Hunters
The Sandman: Dream Hunters (P. Craig Russell)
The Sandman: Endless Nights
The Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity
The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man
V for Vendetta
Watchmen
We3
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 2: Cycles
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 3: One Small Step
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 4: Safeword
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 5: Ring of Truth
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 6: Girl on Girl
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 9: Motherland

As I said, the majority of these are already available on both marketplaces, but still this is really great news for the industry and fans.

[Source: The Beat]

1 Comment »

  1. Kindle Fire doesn’t have microSD slot that Nook Color has thus it is
    stuck with 6 GB usable internal storage unlike Nook Color that can get
    up to 32 GB card in. Kindles are made to be almost like a “dumb
    terminal” of the past to make sure you’re tied up to Amazon’s storage on
    the web (for which you need Wi-Fi connection to get to.) and you can
    only store content you get from Amazon there, not other files and they
    can spy on your web activities through the new cloud-integrated web
    browser. Also, VERY IMPORTANT – lack of microSD slot means that if you
    decide to root your Kindle Fire, you’ll have to root the actual device
    thus there will be no coming back. On Nook, you can make it boot from a
    “rooted” microSD card and if you want to get back to the original Nook
    you can just take out the card and reboot. Nook Color still has the best
    on the market anti-glare coated screen that is better for 
    eading/viewing outside.

    B&N is rumored to be coming out with Nook Color 2 shortly that will
    sure to have Netflix app among others (you won’t find it on Kindle).
    Nook Touch is still better designed than even the new Kindle Touch with
    battery lasting two months with ONE hour reading a day with Wi-Fi off
    thus it’s still twice as long as new Kindle’s two months with HALF and
    hour a day with Wi-Fi off. It looks like Kindle didn’t get any battery
    improvement in the new model, they only changed the test condition.
    More, Kindle Touch still flashes black on each page turn while Nook
    Touch reduces the flashing by 80%.

    Comment by Anonymous — October 6, 2011 @ 12:51 am

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