As the glow of the Amazon Kindle Fire begins to appear on the horizon, many questions over just how comics are going to work on it are still unanswered. But it looks like publishers will be able to adapt their own works using Amazon’s tech specs. Amazon has announced some new author tools for the Kindle Fire on their website:
Upcoming enhancements to Kindle Publisher Tools will make it easier and faster for publishers to create high quality Kindle books. KindleGen 2 (available soon) creates Kindle content from a wide variety of sources including HTML, XHTML, and EPUB. Kindle Previewer 2 (available soon) provides an easy way for publishers to preview how titles will look on Kindle devices and apps so they can be confident that their Kindle books look great.
Basically, Kindle will offer self-authoring tools to prep your files—presumably including comics — on the new platform. This is currently available for the regular Kindle, although download charges eat into the profits of high-graphics titles.
There’s also the matter of what Amazon is calling “panel view” for comics. Although comiXology will be a part of the Kindle Fire — if you believe the the prominent placement of the comiXology logo on the promo materials — apparently Amazon is using its own version of “scan and pan”, and not comiXology’s familiar Guided View.
While all this is confusing, comiXology continues to make inroads on the Wednesday Crowd. As pointed out by Vaneta Rogers today every Wednesday for the last month, comiXology has been the top-grossing app for iPads. New 52 anyone? In addition:
On October 11th, the company revealed that Marvel was finally signing up with comiXology to deliver its digital comics to Android devices. The move means customers who by a Marvel comic on comiXology’s apps elsewhere can finally view those comics across all their platforms.
Rogers’s piece includes an interview with David Steinberger, who has been guarded in public statements on all of this. One expects that all will be revealed pretty soon; digital comics is clearly a growing market.
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.