Diamond, iVerse to offer digital content via comics shops

Diamond Comics Distributors announced today that they were partnering with iVerse Media, developers of ComicsPLUS reader, to sell digital comics in 2700 comic book stores across the US.Unlike the comiXology program I discussed a few weeks ago, this new platform will include an in-store component. Retailers will need only an internet connection and a printer to participate, but they will also be able to sell comics via their website.

Diamond Executive VP and COO Chuck Parker had this to say: “Digital comics are creating opportunities for publishers to grow the comic market. Our task, as we see it, has been to structure a program that empowers comic retailers to play a role in this growth and, at the same time, make money selling digital content. We think we’ve accomplished that with this initiative, and we look forward to feedback from retailers and publishers alike to help us succeed in this endeavor.”

16 comics publishers have signed on, and the program should be up and running in July 2011.  Plans call for digital comics to be sold exclusively at comic shops for a 30 day window for about $1.99, with “Digital Plus” editions (digital copies available with the purchase of a hard copy) expected to sell for $.99.

via Diamond Comics blog

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