Hot on the heels of Image Comics announcement that their hit series The Walking Dead will be made available through Apple’s iBooks store, Marvel has revealed that readers can now purchase many of their titles from the platform as well. As the popularity of digital comics skyrockets, it comes as no surprise that the major retailers will be branching out into other distribution methods.
Marvel announced today that more than 80 of its most popular graphic novels, featuring the Avengers, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more of the world’s most popular super heroes, are now available on the iBookstore.
Marvel graphic novels such as Civil War, Avengers, Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm, and Astonishing X-Men can now be read on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and customers can download a chapter from New Avengers Vol.1. for free.
“Marvel is taking the world of comics by storm and releasing a massive selection of our best and brightest graphic novels on the iBookstore,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “For the first time ever, fans will be able to easily find and enjoy all of their favorite heroes including The Avengers, Spider-Man and The X-Men on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — one of the best digital platforms for reading comics and graphic novels.”
For the full selection of Marvel Graphic Novels now available on the iBookstore, launch the iBooks app on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch or go to www.itunes.com/marvelgraphicnovels. The list of available Marvel graphic novels can be found at http://marvel.com/help/category/27.
One of the biggest complaints about the print industry is that Diamond Distributors has a veritable monopoly on the industry, being the sole distributor of print comics available. Luckily, the digital age has a few other options available to publishers, which will generally be a good thing for readers. By giving readers a choice, it opens up healthy competition among distributors, and helps to keep prices in check. Though we are currently at the cusp of the digital age, so far it’s being ushered in with caution.