Over the weekend, Ka-Blam Digital Printing responded to Diamond's increased order minimums with ComicsMonkey, a print-on-demand distribution service that promises "no benchmarks, no thresholds, no minimums, no fees."
This service probably would be slightly bigger news if publishers weren't required to print through Ka-Blam in order to be distributed by ComicsMonkey.
There's also the issue of terms for retailers: a 35-percent discount, no returns, and the retailer pays for shipping.
While I hope I’m wrong, I find that the retailer terms are pretty untenable. 35% off cover, non-returnable, with shipping charges on top of that? That’s a lot of risk to put on the retailer with not much to help them out.
So, while I understand the pricing realities of POD, this seems like Ka-Blam titles would be special order only in most stores, assuming that those stores even set-up accounts in the first place. That also means sales will most likely be pretty minimal.