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02-21-2013, 11:00 AM #1
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Diamond Previews Goes Digital - But You'll Still Have To Pay
I have had entertaining conversations with people who are amazed that the comics industry gets comics fans to pay for Previews, a catalogue that they can then order their comics from. It's certainly a rare business model, but there's no doubting the heft and weight of the 400 page plus physical Previews takes a lot to ship around the world.
But what about a digital Previews?
Starting with the April 2013 issue, customers can buy the print version from their local shop, or buy the code to download a digital version either instore or from their store's website. Or choose a combo print-and-digital package.
A print version, including Marvel Previews still costs $4.50. The digital version will cost $3.99. And the combo version will cost $5.49. Previews back issues from August 2012 will also be available.
It's a novel model, certainly. And it will have its critics. But, for Diamond Previews, it's a first step...
02-21-2013, 11:05 AM #2
There's no reason to charge people for a digital catalog.Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason ― Mark Twain
02-21-2013, 11:05 AM #3
Totally stupid. What a ripoff...$4 for a digital copy? No thanks, I'll stick with my dead tree edition.Junk Food For Thought...the Consumer Reports of the collected editions scene. Turning OCD into a lifestyle choice.
02-21-2013, 11:08 AM #4
02-21-2013, 11:08 AM #5
There is no better demonstration of the lunatic thought processes underpinning the Direct Market model than the fact that customers have to pay for the privilege of seeing the catalogue from which they can place orders. Imagine if Argos or Waterstones or, well, anywhere else did that.
"You want to browse our online store? Great! Just pay your $4 per month access fee and we'll get you set...hey, wait, where you going?"
02-21-2013, 11:10 AM #6
The solution to this problem is for Diamond to stop being idiots who think they can charge for a freakin' catalogue, not for someone else to piratically distribute it online.
02-21-2013, 11:13 AM #7
02-21-2013, 11:18 AM #8
Oh for god's sake...
I've been waiting for years for Diamond to grow a brain and make the Previews available online, and then they do this.
02-21-2013, 11:22 AM #9
Ri-fucking-dick-ulous. I buy the advertising-supported Previews because it's the only way to find the good stuff that most shops can't afford to order on spec. And because my shop wisely refunds the price if you place an order from it, a practice they've had for ages. Charging money (and especially this much money) just to protect the revenue stream of the print version is a textbook example of the insanity of the print-and-digital distribution model.
02-21-2013, 11:31 AM #10
http://www.comicsmyway.com/previews_feb2013.pdf . I believe Diamond allows this to give them an even playing field with brick and mortar stores, where buyers can look at previews for free.
EDIT: I guess that is just the order form...I know I have seen them on other online sites before. Anyway it would be stupid for Diamond to crack down on a business that makes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Last edited by Boo$ter Gold; 02-21-2013 at 11:37 AM.