- Posted by Johanna on July 12, 2011 at 8:07 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Now that the year’s half over, Michael Jasper, writer of In Maps & Legends, is doing the smart thing and evaluating how his business is going. He’s put together a list of which digital publishers account for how much of his webcomic’s distribution. (If you don’t know where you’re selling, you don’t know what markets to protect or which areas to focus on. And you can’t compare your costs to your income to figure out whether the work is worth the effort.)
Surprisingly, the top distributor, with over 40% of sales, is B&N’s Nookbook Store, the outlet for the Nook. Comixology, the leading online comic distributor, comes in third — although that’s estimated, since they haven’t provided final second quarter figures. It’s interesting that Jasper was hoping to get those numbers with only a week’s delay, updating his post on July 7. In today’s instant online world, that seems like quite the wait, but a distributor needs time to break out and circulate data.
I made a pie chart out of his figures:
In Maps & Legends releases an issue every two months, with #7 just out. Their list of formats includes those for “whichever ebook device you own — the Android Phone, Windows Phone, or iPhone; the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab; or on your desktop, laptop, or the Web (PDF, CBZ, HTML, and Flash). You can purchase all 7 (of 9) issues of the ongoing, contemporary fantasy comic from many different online distributors, including Comixology, Graphic.ly, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple’s iBooks, the Google eBookstore, MyDigitalComics, and DriveThruComics. Issues sell for just $.99 each.”