What if the Kindle had been invented first?

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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3 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    I love/hate reminding people this, but NOT EVERYONE has access to gadgets (iPhones, blackberries, even computers and kindles) or the money or interest for such things!I blame lazy journalism for the death of the newspaper industry. And as for comics- as eager as certain people are to take everything online, the fact is that sales for online presentations (webcomics/digital comics, motion comics, etc.) are years and years away, if ever, from matching sales of print periodicals.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      You'd be surprised. IDW tells us that they've sold more iPhone editions of Star Trek: Countdown than they did paper editions.And I'd bet there are more people with access to a computer in their house than there are people with access to a comic book store within 30 minutes of their house.

  2. Richard says:

    I think the best chance at survival for the comics industry is to allow room for all presentations, from floppy monthlies to e-books and so on. I don't mean to sound biased (I actually play Managing Editor at another comic news webzine), but I think the looking ahead to going all digital just sounds overly optimistic. I don't think anyone should underestimate the draw of nostalgia. Print will always have a place, even outside of the collector mentality.Yea, libraries are shutting down around the country, because of the ease of digital and moreso because of the economic fun of our times. And still, because of these times less people will be able to afford and access these new platforms. If anything, the next few years will be VERY interesting.