Well, we knew DC would be releasing digital versions of their single issues day and date with their print counterparts this Fall, but the price point was still a mystery. This afternoon DC laid out the plan.
Come August 31st you can buy Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's Justice League #1 for $3.99. That will get you either a print or digital version. Your choice of either pulp or pixels starting on that one day.
But maybe you want to experiment with both formats, maybe even read along on your iPad while your twin sister reads the hard copy. As you speed along on a monorail. I don't know what your life is, but it's the future, so you can do that. Rather than paying out eight bucks, you can actually reach for the special polybag "combo pack." Bagged copies of the print edition–priced at $4.99–come with codes to download a digital copy. That's two copies for just a dollar more than standalone print. Update: As of right now, DC has only said that this bundle is happening with Justice League #1.
If the $3.99 price point for a single digital edition seems too steep, understand two things. This is an oversized issue. And in the first four weeks following August 31st, the title is under what they're calling "parity pricing." Wait a month and the figure goes down a buck to $2.99.
This four-week thing holds true for the digital editions of regular-sized titles. Day and date: $2.99. Wait a month: $1.99.
So we've got some bags and codes in our future.
For this reader, the big question is collected editions and subscriptions. Will digital (only) readers be rewarded with discounts on print collections? Should this whole thing work out, might the publisher experiment with loyal return customers interested in subscriptions to favorite titles. The applicable model is an iTunes Season Pass for television shows. We'll have to wait and see.
Well, iFanbase. We've got some (but not all) of our 52 new titles out in the open, and we've got some new purchase options. What're your plans moving forward and what would you like to see in the coming weeks as DC rolls out more of it's audacious plan?
Disclaimer: iFanboy is owned by the digital comics provider Graphicly.