Apps: Chris Meadows reviews Comic Zeal 4, a CBR/CBZ comics reader for the iPad (previous editions had both iPad and iPod versions). Aside from the performance of the reader itself and its interface, Meadows also touches on the question of what you would use it for, since there aren’t a lot of legitimate sources of CBR/CBZ files; although some publishers use them for online work, the vast majority are pirated scans.
Zuda: Scott McCloud becomes the one millionth person to complain about Zuda’s annoyingly slow flash interface—and his prize is a personal response from Zuda honcho Ron Perazza.
iPad: Rich Johnson considers the possibilities and limitations of the iPad as a comics reader at The Beat.
Kindle: Gene Luen Yang‘s American Born Chinese is available on the Kindle, and he has a fuzzy photo on the internet to prove it. I’m not sure the Kindle is doing his book any favors, as the resolution is not that great and it converts the color images to black and white, but I’d need a sharper photo to know for sure.
Manga: Manga is one type of comic that has always been read on screens; as scanlation sites surge and publishers start to push back, Kai-Ming Cha urges publishers to think creatively: “Manga is more than books and I hope and encourage publishers to find out everything that it can be and is already.”
Devices: Translator Andrew Cunningham notes a big, big problem with the iPad: The content restrictions, because of which Apple will not approve every volume of a manga series for the iTunes store.
Pricing: Johanna Draper Carlson thinks publishers are charging too much for digital books. Paul Biba backs that up at TeleRead with a Financial Times survey that shows people would be willing to pay $100 to $200 for an e-reader, depending on how many functions it has, and $5 to $10 for an e-book.
DRM: Fictionwise sells Debbie Ridpath Ohi a book, then takes it back. Her little webcomic about the situation sums up all that is wrong with e-books and DRM.
Pulp Fiction: It’s not comics, but may be appealing to many comics readers: Tony Bandy rounds up sources for pulp fiction e-books.