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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Superheroes join the eBook war

any excuse to post a pic of the hot bird
Amazon have signed a deal with D C Comics - Amazon now hold the exclusive digital rights to a hundred popular graphic novels, including Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Sandman, and Watchmen.

That arrangement apparently did not sit too well with rival bookseller Barnes & Noble, which has an e-book reader it would like to see flourish. In response to DC's deal, Barnes & Noble removed the physical copies of the titles from its store shelves, saying that it would not sell books it did not also have digital rights to. Books-a-Million, another large bookseller, took the same action for the same reason.

Barnes & Noble Inc. said that its stores will not stock hard copies of 100 DC books that the Warner Bros.-owned unit is making available exclusively on’s Kindle platform — a direct competitor of Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader. Beginning with the launch of the Kindle Fire tablet Nov. 15, Amazon will have exclusive digital distribution rights for four months to books that include "Watchmen" and graphic novels featuring Batman and Superman. The deal gives DC’s books, which are being made available digitally for the first time, the advantage of being part of Amazon’s huge marketing push for the Kindle Fire.

Comic book fans paint all the players in this tale as villains: They accuse Amazon of turning its back on the graphic novel community, label DC Comics as greedy, and characterize Barnes & Noble as similarly uncaring and childish. Superman, Batman and the hot chick were unavailable for comment.

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