- Posted by Johanna on September 12, 2007 at 12:34 pm
- Category: Comic News
Many of my readers have already heard about Diamond’s plans to offer retailers a new Point of Sale computer system in order to better track their inventory. However, in this PW Comics Week writeup, a repurcussion of that offering becomes visible:
everyone agrees that putting a real POS system in place will save time and give shops more information to make informed purchases, and eventually supply more accurate sales tracking, although sharing sales information is a sensitive issue for many stores. As for publishers, Diamond is paving the way for future scanners in shops by requiring all the products it carries to have barcodes and UPC information by January of next year.
Forcing the use of UPC codes — that’ll be an adjustment for self-publishers.
Also revealed in this article, the Killing Joke is coming back into print. DC had previously folded the story into the DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore collection, but reportedly, neither customers nor retailers liked this choice, although it kept the publisher from having to reprint an odd-sized, small-length title.
Both groups of purchasers wanted the book available on its own. (Which may be why used copies currently start at $36.) It will return as a “deluxe hardcover” with recoloring and “never-before-seen background art”. No price or date yet available.