I picked up an iPad Mini as soon as they were available with a few intents for my use of it, but one big one being reading comics. Historically i’ve largely been a pirate of digital media but as i’ve gotten older and am no longer a broke student i’ve been trying hard to purchase whenever possible. For comics i rapidly discovered that the biggest marketplace on iOS is Comixology
While i’m not a very big fan of their web design they have two important things – A great iPad app and a huge selection available. I started off with a great little series Scarlet, that i found out about thanks to Merlin Mann.
Great process, few clicks later and i had all 5 purchased for $10, and was reading them on my iPad. Then i went on to find something else to read and found Powers, which i’ve heard great things about and have been meaning to read for a while.
This is where we run in to some issues. Comixology usually charges $1.99 per issue of a comic, but with no discount when you are purchasing an entire run of a comic. It’s common practice in the comic industry to take a run of a comic and put it all together in a TPB, or Trade Paper Back, with a dramatically reduced price. The entire first volume of Powers on Comixology was going to cost me an incredible $73.63, for a comic that came out back in 2000. Meanwhile on Amazon, the entire first volume was going to cost just $17.55
I don’t know about you but i personally do not feel like paying almost FOUR TIMES the physical price for a digital version. Looks like i’m back to pirating digital copies for a while longer.