The new TPB/collected editions are once more being released for 99¢ on both Amazon/Kindle and Comixology. Among the notable releases being dumped for pennies are the new Jim Starlin/Alan Davis OGN, Thanos: The Infinity Siblings and X-Men: Grand Design.
You might want to take a closer look at the digital listing for X-Men: Grand Design. (Note: if you’re a retailer, take your blood pressure medication first.) The print edition of X-Men: Grand Design is a Marvel Treasury format over-sized edition with a suggested retail price of $29.99. If you look at what the digital list price is, prior to the 99¢ sale, it’s not $29.99. Or even $9.99. It’s $5.99.
I will grant you that the print edition is designed for a very specific experience and that experience is not going to be easily replicated on most digital readers, but that’s a pretty hefty digital discount before you get to the sale.
There probably should be a conversation on what a reasonable price for a digital comic is. It’s possible that Marvel or Amazon is boundary testing on pricing. I can’t imagine the retailers not bringing this up at C2E2 and it will be interesting to hear what, if any, the response is.
In the meantime, if you want some cheap reads, here’s the new list:
- Thanos: The Infinity Siblings
- Avengers vs. Thanos (Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season Two (2014-2016))
- X-Men: Grand Design (X-Men: Grand Design (2017-2018))
- Avengers: Mighty Origins (Season One)
- X-Men: Legionquest
- Marvel Legacy Companion
Be sure to have a look at the sale directory pages for Amazon/Kindle and Comixology. I’m writing this Wednesday evening and the convention has been to release another set of new digital releases – usually of older material – on Thursday and have them part of the new releases sale.
Want to learn more about how comics publishing and digital comics work? Try Todd’s book, Economics of Digital Comics