Barnes & Noble Doesn't Get Digital DC Comics, Throws Hissy Fit

from the cutting-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face dept

In a move that screams of a complete disconnect from reality, Barnes & Noble (B&N) has decided to remove over 100 DC comics from its shelves. This move is in reaction to DC giving Amazon exclusive e-publishing rights to the digital versions of those comics.

In a statement to CNN, Jaime Carey, B&N's chief merchant, said:
Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format. To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime.
Read that again. Since B&N did not get the rights to the digital version of the comics, it will be denying customers access to the physical comics. How exactly does this fulfill the promise of providing DC comics "anywhere, anytime"? How are comic fans who frequent B&N supposed to get these comics if the comics are not available in-store? This move certainly flies in the face of that promise.

With this move, B&N is hoping to 'punish' DC with fewer sales. In reality, this will only tick off its comic loving customers who will have to go to another store in order to buy these comics. While this move will probably make B&N feel better, it will not result in any real change to its partnership with DC. This is yet another company putting its own interests ahead of the interests of its customers. Much like those other businesses, this is going to bite them in the butt and they will end up backtracking soon.

Filed Under: comics, ebooks
Companies: amazon, barnes & noble, dc comics


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    AdamBv1 (profile), 11 Oct 2011 @ 12:45pm

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    Not really, I was just hoping maybe some people would chime in and say "Oh yeah, I tried to buy this book for my Nook but I had to buy the physical version from them instead".

    I did browse around on their website for a bit and the only thing I could find you could not get as an ebook were graphic novels/comics/manga but every real text focused book I looked for was sold as a ebook.

    Now this brings the question that if you can't seem to get any of their other graphic novels/comics/manga as an ebook why are they throwing such a fit over the DC comics? Was DC the first to offer digital versions and they were pissed at not getting them? Why are other publishers NOT offering ebooks of their comics now that color e-readers are becoming common?

    Honestly the more you look into this the more it seems silly all around.

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