The NY Times digs in to the DC/Amazon/B&N/Books-a-Millions spat and doesn’t get too much further than the vague statements that everyone has made so far, but you can read between the lines a bit.
DC Comics, a division of Warner Brothers, says it is being misunderstood. But on its own Web site, it said the books would be available “exclusively to Amazon’s newly announced Kindle Fire,” with no qualification. Even the possibility that fans could have access to the books on their iPads through the Kindle app seemed disallowed.
DC now says the books will be available on other e-readers through the Kindle app. “Just because we’re starting with Amazon, this is not the be-all and end-all of our digital strategy and distribution,” said Jim Lee, co-publisher of DC Entertainment, the parent company of DC Comics. He added, however, “We are not at liberty to discuss exactly when” the comics would be available on other e-readers, citing the company’s nondisclosure agreement with Amazon.
According to the piece, Neil Gaiman — who represents 12% of the B&N banned books — is among those who attended the recent “super secret” Campfire summit thrown by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Hopefully, he gave ’em a piece of his mind.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.