ComicsPRO, the trade organization dedicated to the progress and development of comic book retailers, has issued an official response to the Amazon Purchase of Comixology. This was posted on the ComicsPRO Facebook page:
There’s always a concern when a huge corporation that shows little need to turn a profit tries to convert a niche market into a commodity. Fortunately there is a tactile element to comics that no deep-discounting web entity will ever be able to replicate. So as long as there continues to be fans for the real thing, there will be comics and comic book stores.
The real thing? It doesn’t matter if a comic is created with dead trees or instead, with ones and zeros. A comic is a comic. To imply that a digital comic isn’t a real comic seems more than a little… silly.
We live in a digital world. It’s ironic that ComicsPRO issued this statement on Facebook, something that only exists digitally. There is no physical, or in ComicsPRO speak, “real” version of Facebook.
Personally, I don’t care who serves as the distributor of digital comics. Amazon, comiXology, Prodigy, CompuServe, or anyone else, it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is the actual comic, not the mechanism used to deploy it. Amazon seems to do a fairly decent job distributing e-books. I can purchase an e-book on Amazon with one mouse click and read it seconds later on my Kindle, iPad, or on a desktop computer using a Kindle app.
I see no reason why Amazon can’t succeed at digitally distributing funny books.