Barnes & Nobles, the nation’s largest chain of bookstores, has begun removing numerous DC Comics titles off their shelves after DC announced that they will be releasing 100 of their popular comic titles exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. Barnes & Noble clearly took this as an insult since their own digital e-reader, the Nook, was excluded from the deal. In turn, they’re removing these exclusive books from off the shelves.
Understandably, DC’s decision has upset the high-ups at Barnes & Noble, one of the last remaining mega-bookstore chains, and they’ve let their frustrations be known in the following press release addressing their concerns.
From Barnes & Noble –
“After the announcement last week that the upcoming Kindle Fire tablet will come with one hundred DC Comics’ backlist titles of comic books and graphic novels pre-installed, Barnes & Noble pulled all of the print editions of every title off its store shelves. There has been some speculation about the length of time this near-boycott will take place, as well as rumors about some of the motivation behind the move. “We will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format,” chief merchant for B&N Jaime Carey said in a statement. “To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the ebook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime.” While there has been talk that the digital deal with Amazon is set only for a four-month time period beginning with the Kindle Fire’s launch, and while Barnes & Noble has only pulled the book from physical locations as opposed to removing it from its website and special orders catalogs, the end result is that digital DC Comics‘ fans will have to get these titles through Amazon, remembering that an iOS device with the free Kindle app will also pick up those titles from the Kindle Store.”
DC Comics then fired back by releasing their own response to Barnes & Noble’s decision –
“We are disappointed that Barnes & Noble has made the decision to remove these books off their shelves and make them unavailable to their customers. DC Entertainment will continue to make our content available to our fans and new readers through multiple distribution channels including locally-owned comic book retailers, independent bookstores, other bookstore chains and other widespread means such as online through Amazon and through our apps on iOS and select Android powered devices as well as new and exciting devices going forward.”
Despite the removal of all print copies from store shelves, customers will still be able to special order DC comic books as well as buy them online from Barnes & Noble’s website.