- Posted by Johanna on August 5, 2007 at 2:08 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
In February, Caliber Comics announced that they would make some of their titles available online at $2 an issue.
Six months later, they’re cutting prices:
Caliber Comics, one of the leading independent comic companies of the 1990’s, has arranged with their online comics hosting vehicle, DriveThruComics, to lower prices across the board and even provide some titles for free.
Effective for August, the 100s of Caliber Comics on the site will be available for 99 cents. This will apply to all comics of 32 pages and even to some 48 pagers. The price for graphic novels will remain at about half of the original print price.
In addition, each month will feature certain issues that will be FREE for downloading. For the month of August, the titles offered at no charge include the very first issue of DEADWORLD, and the first issues of SAINT GERMAINE and OZ.
Caliber began to offer its extensive library on Drive Thru Comics at the end of last year and now offers over 200 issues and is the largest publisher in terns of issues offered on Drive Thru comics, the first download comics shop.
Can’t beat free samples, especially when your last print publication under your name was in 2001. There’s no better way to introduce your work to readers and convince them that it’s worth paying for.
And less than a dollar seems a more friendly price point for online, digital-only content. Their display now shows the 99 cents in comparison to the original cover price of three or four dollars, but I don’t think many customers are making that comparison mentally. Instead, I think they’re placing it against other online versions, which are cheaper (eyemelt’s 69 cents, for example) or free (promotional samples or unauthorized copies).