Thursday, October 20, 2011
Into the Battle of the E-Readers, Superheroes Fly
Superheroes are the prize, he says — or perhaps the victim.
Amazon, seeking to make its coming Kindle Fire tablet as appealing as possible, negotiated a deal with DC Comics for the exclusive digital rights to a hundred popular graphic novels. Among the series: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Sandman and Watchmen.
Barnes & Noble, with a tablet of its own to nurture, did not like this one bit. Two weeks ago it removed all the copies of the physical volumes from its 1,300 stores, saying it would not carry any book if it were denied the right to sell the digital version.
Books-a-Million, the third-largest bookseller with 231 stores, followed suit last week, making the same argument
Obviously, like Macmillan in the past (after Amazon removed the buy button from their books), they ae determined that the internet sales giant should not throw its weight around.
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