Microsoft, Barnes & Noble to split up; Nook continues its slide

Samsung's Nook tablet

It’s bad news in general lately for Barnes &¬†Noble’s Nook property. Its tablet and digital media store haven’t fared well against the stiff competition of Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo, and others, even with the demise¬†of its one time chief rival bookstore chain Borders. While B&N entered a deal with Microsoft several years ago that saw … Read more

Alternatives to Amazon for buying digital and print books

Powell's Books

Recently, much fuss has been made about Amazon’s aggressive moves toward a book publisher, Hachette. Long story short, negotiations between the two have broken down, with Amazon opting to use hardball tactics. Among other methods, Amazon’s delayed shipping of Hachette books, raised their prices, and is even refusing to sell certain books, sticking a “currently … Read more

Marvel to stop selling single-issue comics in bookstores

Marvel’s announced that they’ve stopped selling single-issue comics at Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million: I suppose I can’t blame Marvel for pulling singles from bookstores, though their trade paperbacks will still be sold at such venues. While some suggest digital is the better alternative, I think the existing singles business model’s broken. Who (outside … Read more

Digital comics alternatives to Comixology

Adventures of Superman (digital)

While Comixology’s come to become the dominant force for digital comics, is convenient, and has a nice enough app, it does have some flaws. For one, comic companies and creators seem to have rushed into handing things over to a digital near-monopoly after years of complaining about the physical monopoly distributor for comic shops, Diamond. … Read more

DC Comics to sell same-day digital comics via Nook, Kindle, and Apple

Yesterday, DC Comics announced that they’ll start selling same-day digital comics through several non-Comixology sources. These sources include Barnes and Noble’s Nook store,’s Kindle service, and Apple’s iBookstore service. The comics will apparently be priced similarly to Comixology’s (i.e. the same as the paper copies). Details may be read here. I view this as … Read more

Nook Color and Nook Tablet now have CBZ file support

Recently, I’ve discovered that the most recent update for the Nook Color and Nook Tablet has given the Nook built-in support for CBZ files. CBZ is a popular digital comic book format online—mostly found with smaller press or independent publications, public domain materials, and (yes, I know) pirated materials. CBZ is merely a renamed ZIP … Read more