Marvel Starts Digital Relationship With Barnes and Noble

Marvel Comics announced this week that the popular comics company would be bringing collected digital editions of their line of graphic novels to both the upcoming Barnes and Noble Nook tablet, as well as the Nook Color.

With the release of Barnes and Noble’s Nook tablet hitting stores (and digital storefronts) next week, considering the success of digital comics, it was only a matter of time before we heard some news regarding comics on the device. Do you remember when DC Comics took their digital collections exclusively to Amazon’s Kindle line, and then how Barnes and Noble got all mad that they didn’t get to play with DC’s toys? Well, it looks like Marvel has stepped in to fill the hole in Barnes and Noble’s heart.

Starting next week, Marvel will bring several digital collected editions of their most popular story lines to the Nook store including Civil War, Invincible Iron Man, Captain America, John Michael Straczynski’s Thor, Astonishing X-Men, New Avengers, and many more. Whether or not these collected editions will be in “volume” style, or if they’re going to be complete collections is unknown, but either way, as someone who follows the progress in digital media, this is really exciting news. Marvel was the last major publisher to put both feet in the digital realm, but alongside their recently announced expanded day and date single issue initiative, they’re adding the final bit of legitimacy in the digital comic sphere.

Now, it appears as though Marvel will be using the Nook exclusively for the time being, but in two weeks, they could very well announce availability for the Kindle, as well. So be on the look out here at Geeks of Doom for more info regarding this news. But until then, if you want to just read digital comics collections, you’re going to need a Nook and a Kindle. These holidays are definitely not going to be wallet friendly.

[Source: Marvel]

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