Hey Jesus freaks,
I recently discovered Comixology, and have bought a few online comics from their site. I've been pleased with the experience of reading a comic on my computer, but even more pleased with the price. If I buy a comic at the comic store, then by the time shipping and retail has been added it costs me just over $8 to buy a comic here in Australia. If I buy the same comic online it costs me $4, often even $2! Half or a quarter of the price of a physical comic from the shop.
I'm seriously contemplating buying most of my comics as downloads from now on, but I am wondering about whether it will affect the industry in a positive or negative light. I don't have a lot of economic smarts, so I don't know what the effects of more sales online will be, apart from the obvious effect of a lot of retail comic stores losing business, and printers losing business.
SO... all you comic guys out there with some knowledge about this sort of thing, please impart your knowledge/opinion here; what will be the long-term effects of buying a download rather than a paperback comic, and will the ramifications be mostly positive or mostly negative?
Do any of you guys buy download versions as well? I still love a physical comic that I can flip through, but maybe that is just due to nostalgia.