Early in, early out. Sony’s PSP-based digital comics shop is officially closing at the end of the month. Comics will be unavailable to purchase after October 30. Previous purchases will still be available until mid-January 2013, and “After this date, users will no longer be able to re-download any previously purchased content.”
The PSP store was one of the earliest outposts of digital comics—back when people wondered if anyone would read digital comics—and it seems to have been an early outlier but hardly a behemoth. Marvel definitely went deeper than other publishers, but it ceased to be spoken of much after comiXology and other dedicated digital providers emerged.
The PSP itself has been replaced by the PS Vita, so you can store it right next to your SyQuest disk and DIN plug collection. It seems that if you already downloaded stuff you can still read it, but probably not that many people did. What is more likely to happen is that the PSP Comics Store going away will reignite all the talk of digital obsolescence for various formats as digital providers come and go, as they are wont to do.
Our advice? Digital hoarding! God forbid the PDF ever becomes obsolete…
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.