An Introduction To Digital Comics
Digital comics popularity and sales have been steadily growing each year, with tablet devices offering several convenient options that take advantage of their high-definition screens. There is a healthy digital comics market full of outlets for you, whether you got a new tablet over the holidays, are looking for new content for your usual tablet, or are mulling your options between print and digital content. Richland Library hosts some graphic novels on its Overdrive and 3M pages, but regular comics and manga readers will easily devour whole volumes online. (We still have plenty of print editions ready for checkout.)
By and large, Comixology’s app has conquered the digital comics landscape with its massive selection and frequent 99-cent sales. Content includes series from DC, Marvel, Disney, Archie, Bongo, Image, Valiant, MonkeyBrain, and a multitude of other publishers. In fact, of the apps listed in this post, only Viz, eManga, and Dark Horse do not have content listed in Comixology. Apps from booksellers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Nobles’s Nook, and Apple’s iBooks all offer a wide range of graphic novels from different publishers, often optimized for the specific devices they sell. Sales differ between services, so thrifty readers could combine deals between several apps for the cheapest reading. The only restrictions with most digital comics are app registration and the memory available on your device.
If you are looking to scratch your comics itch, take a look at some of these apps and sites for your next read. As with any bookstore, the titles for sale range from kid-friendly to adult fare.