Comics A.M. | Publishers doubt Borders plan; what’s next for digital?
Retailing | Publishers characterize a restructuring plan presented Wednesday by Borders Group as unrealistic, with some saying they’re more convinced than ever that the struggling bookstore chain — the second-largest in the United States — will be forced to sell itself or liquidate. The bookseller, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 16, reportedly contends it could turn a profit by the end of this year. By 2015, it hopes to draw almost 40 percent of its revenue from online sales. The company, which is in the process of closing 226 superstores and is set to shutter 20 more, is also considering moving its headquarters from Ann Arbor, Mich., to less-expensive space in metropolitan Detroit. [The New York Times, The Detroit News]
Digital comics | Seth Rosenblatt surveys the digital landscape, and wonders what’s next: “Though no publisher interviewed for the story would confirm plans to do so, it’s not unreasonable to expect premium pricing for digital comics that come with extra features like audio tracks, or the ability to look at the black-and-white version of the artwork.” He also gets a tease from Oni Press’ Cory Casoni, who says, “”We have digital plans, and we’ll unveil them later this year and in early 2012. We are nefariously, giddily crafting things.” [Download.com]
Digital comics | Adam Balkin profiles comiXology. [NY1]
Crime | Two young men have been arrested in connection with the Wednesday robbery of Legends comic store in Rome, Ga. Police say one of the men held a stun gun on owner Gordon Lee as they stole a folder filled with about $1,000 worth of Magic: The Gathering cards. They were caught about an hour later because one of the suspects dropped his wallet as he fled, leading police to his home. [Rome News-Tribune]
Retailing | Shawn Evans offers a snapshot of the Savannah, Ga., comics market. [The Inkwell]