Though the debate of print versus digital continues to rage, Image Comics seems to be showing their opinion as they announced today that The Walking Dead, the comic book that inspired the hit AMC television series, will be making a transition to the iBooks store for iOS devices.

From Image Comics and Robert KirkmanThe Walking Dead is a best-selling comic, became an acclaimed television series on AMC, and now Robert Kirkman’s creation expands its pop culture empire as it becomes the first Image Comics title to be available on Apple’s iBooks.

 

Readers wanting a digital reading experience won’t have to wait to get the whole story.
All fifteen collections of the ongoing comics series are available now in the iBooks store, priced at $9.99 each, except for volume one Days Gone Bye, which is $8.99.

 

The collections of The Walking Dead occupied more than half of the top 25 slots in Diamond Comics’ list of top-selling graphic novels of 2011. The debut of Image Comics’ best-selling title on iBooks is part of the publisher’s overall commitment to releasing their creator-owned properties in a variety of media. Besides being sold in retail stores, individual issues of Image comics are available on multiple electronic platforms.

 

The publisher expects to release more titles on iBooks in the coming weeks, beginning with John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Eisner-winning New York Times bestselling series Chew.

Though the series has been available in digital through comiXology, you really can’t fault Image for spreading the series to another distribution method. Though comiXology has millions of users, they tend to cater to the comic fans. But iBooks comes preinstalled on every iPhone, iPod, iPad, which makes The Walking Dead directly accessible to people that have never stepped foot in a comic book store or even heard of the phrase “same day digital”. And with the explosive popularity of the television show, casual fans may be willing to dip their toes into the story.