This is going to be a quick post. I have a meeting in less than and hour I have to finish getting ready for. But I promise to be back this afternoon with another post and an announcement or two.
First, for those of you who love DC Comics and haven’t seen this yet, they have dropped the price of the standard 32-page comic book from $3.99 to $2.99. This is for the ongoing titles. Jim Lee, the co-publisher, explained it this way: “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.” I applaud Lee and the others at DC because they’ve done what so many mainstream publishers haven’t done — they’ve listened to their fans who said $3.99 was too high of a price point for what DC was offering. Good on you, DC. Let’s hope others in the industry follow your example.
Barnes & Noble has released its third-quarter numbers and it makes for interesting reading. Digital sales led the way during the quarter, outselling print books. Even so, no dividend will be issued. Check out the full details here.
Finally, there are two more links about Borders that might be of interest. The first is Borders’s Fall from Grace. This is a nice summation of what happened to force Borders into bankruptcy.
This second link is interesting, but I’ll admit I have issues with some of what that author has to say. However, instead of discussing my take on the article just yet, I’ll leave it to you to read. Leave any comments you have and we’ll discuss them.