ComiXology have announced that Dark Horse have joined their digital comics platform, where they join Image, Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Devil’s Due and many other publishers. The Comics app for iPad has been one of the device’s early successes, and will delight anyone who’s run out of room for longboxes.
At last year’s FantasyCon panel on ebooks, Lee Harris of Angry Robot was asked why ebooks in the UK are so expensive (sometimes, bizarrely, costing more than print copies), and one reason, he explained, was that VAT is charged on ebooks, but not paper ones. He wasn’t asked about this, but perhaps another factor is that selling ebooks through Waterstone’s or Amazon requires publishers to offer the same deep discounts they must offer on paper books.
Those reasons don’t seem to apply to comics: the comics on comiXology are discounted at the kind of level you might have hoped for from ebooks, and Dark Horse’s first releases to comiXology include the graphic novel Grandville, by FantasyCon guest of honour Bryan Talbot, for just £2.99. A bargain price for a steampunk classic.