Barnes & Noble has removed all DC Comics’ books from the shelves of its stores in reaction to the publisher granting the digital exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Adding fuel to this flame, Barnes & Noble asserts that DC Comics has declined to make its books available on its competing Nook Color device.
An email sent to stores yesterday instructed them to remove all physical copies of the 100 graphic novels in the Kindle Fire deal, according to information first reported by BleedingCool, including reliable strong sellers like The Dark Knight Returns, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Fables, Superman: Earth One, Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man series, and Alan Moore’s Watchmen and V For Vendetta (pictured). B&N customers can still order them on the website and special order them in stores for home delivery, but they cannot opt for store pickup.
“Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format,” Barnes & Noble’s chief merchant, Jaime Carey, said in a statement. “To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime.”
DC Entertainment replied with a statement of its own that noted the graphic novels from the Warner Bros.-owned DC Comics will be available on Apple’s iPad and any other device compatible with Amazon’s Kindle app, adding, “We are disappointed that Barnes & Noble has made the decision to remove these books off their shelves and make them unavailable to their customers.”
Bleeding Cool – http://tinyurl.com/63ceb8y
Los Angeles Times – http://tinyurl.com/3mwj9u4