To promote their collected editions, DC’s Vertigo has posted a number of first issues online for free reading.
Interesting idea. At first I thought the PDF’s were the entire volume, but they’re only the first issue. The download time is pretty horrible though-over 3 minutes on DSL. Must be all the graphics.
Hmm… wouldn’t it make more sense, and save bandwidth, to just put in a link to a downloadable .cbr file?
CBR still seems to me a PC-targeted format, not to mention the lack of protections available on the file. I’m not surprised a big company chose a platform-independent, protected format for something like this.
What’s the content like? It has been too long since I’ve read those, and so I wondered if there was any nudity or the like. Which might get them in trouble if a minor downloaded it.
Not being familiar with the CBR format, I presume that would require DC to ask potential customers to download and install software in order to read the sample issues… a point where many people will decide its too much trouble for a free comic. Part of my job includes sending electronic files to people who don’t really understand tech and asking people to “learn” new applications — and I’ve had trouble even with something as simple as zip files — can cause a lot of confusion.
James: I don’t recall, but I don’t think many kids are going to be interested in Vertigo when Superman and Batman are the next page over.
Lyle: Great point. Using what people already have is friendlier.