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There’s a rapidly increasing amount of coverage devoted to digital issues, from piracy to webcomics to alternate distribution to social media, that it only makes sense to place them under one umbrella. If anyone has a better name for the feature than “Slash Print” — which has at least three conotations — I’m all ears.
Scans Daily | While there aren’t any hard numbers to demonstrate whether Scans Daily harmed or helped the sales of comics that were excerpted on the site, Glenn Hauman offers some anecdotal evidence: He posted seven pages on Jan. 19 from the ComicMix webcomic The Original Johnson, but received just 50 click-throughs from Scans Daily. Hauman concludes that the community wasn’t a good promotional platform.
However, Johanna Draper Carlson points out some problems with Hauman’s experiment, and with his conclusion. I think she’s right on both points, namely that a community like Scans Daily isn’t likely to react as positively to publisher self-promotion — Warren Ellis points out it’s actually frowned upon there — and that a biographical boxing comic probably wasn’t the best match for the audience.
The discussion continues in the comments sections of Hauman and Carlson’s posts.
Digital comics | Robot Comics (no relation), “the first publisher of comics for Android-powered mobiles,” is seeking submissions. Android is Google’s software platform for mobile devices. Comics, games and other applications can be downloaded at Android Market. Last month BOOM! Studios announced it had partnered with iVerse Media to offer Hexed #1 on Android. (via Johanna Draper Carlson)
Webcomics | At Mashable, Sean P. Aune runs down his list of the 20 best webcomics. It’s the usual suspects, mostly.
Social media | ComiPress rounds up manga- and anime-related Twitter accounts.
E-books | Two years after Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want download experiment, author Ben Wilson will try a similar approach with his book What Price Liberty? The Guardian reports that six weeks before the book’s printed release, Wilson will allow readers to set their own price for the digital version — or even download it for free.
Although Radiohead declared its 2007 trial balloon a success, just 38 percent of fans were prepared to pay for In Rainbows. That said, the downloads didn’t seem to affect sales: The album debuted on the charts at No. 1.
Internet use | According to Nielsen Online, the average American went online 62 times and visited 115 domains in January. Average time spent online for the month? Seventy-five hours.
Digital migration | WebNewser reports attendees at the Magazine Publishers of America’s Digital Conference were told that more than half of their publications won’t be in print in a decade.
Social media | Skittles discovers what happens when tweeting goes awry.