There has been rumors for several months (if not years) that Apple, Inc will release a tablet computer. While the rumor swirls, Chicago Sun-Times technology writer Andy Ihnatko points to certain “evidences” that the rumor might be true and that such a tablet would be a boon for digital comics.
Someone certainly has to. Digital distribution of comics is nearly nonexistent. Comics publishers have made attempts to move into this market, but with the same floundering lack of thought and cohesion that marked the music industry’s digital initiatives back in 2002. Individual labels had each come up with their own half-baked, useless, and mutually-incompatible systems for selling digital music, which only benefited the far more sophisticated, unified, and practical systems for downloading music illegally.
So Apple did the humane thing. Just like the British (back in the glory days), they declared the music industry a society in chaos incapable of self-rule: they annexed the digital music industry and founded the iTunes Store.