#1 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

Do you buy comics digitally or do you get actual books? I buy mine digitally, I was wondering about you. I would prefer to have the books, but the lowered cost makes me buy them digitally. Thanks in advance for posting.

#2 Posted by mk111 (3148 posts) - - Show Bio

Actual books. I like the feeling of flipping through the pages, and I just prefer a physical collection. Digital isn't for me.

#3 Posted by Decoy Elite (30159 posts) - - Show Bio

Personally I actually prefer a physical copy. Reading comics that were intended for print on a computer just doesn't work well as it makes it harder to appreciate the art due to scrolling and all kinds of a little stuff like that.

The reason I enjoy webcomics so much is that they have the computer format in mind most of the time and thus are much better to read on one.

#4 Edited by tikhunt (896 posts) - - Show Bio

BOOKS. Ahem I apologize for that outburst but there has not been a single moment in my entire life where buying something digitally has outweighed the pros of buying the physical copy my young chaps.

#5 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6518 posts) - - Show Bio

@decoy_elite: I use my iPad's Comixology app for my digital reading and the format is really nice.

#6 Posted by Decoy Elite (30159 posts) - - Show Bio

@rulerofthisuniverse: Ehhh, I don't have an iPad or Kindle so that does kinda keep me from trying stuff like that out.

#7 Posted by akbogert (3292 posts) - - Show Bio

Digitally. The closest LCS is a half-hour from here, has a standoffish owner, and doesn't stock indie books regularly. When I move I will see about setting up a relationship with a local store if there are good options because I'd love to order some Image variants, but meantime Comixology saves a lot of time and often money (like almost all of Locke & Key for 20 bucks). However I also seek out trades and will absolutely buy some physical copies of things I adore digitally, when possible.

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#9 Edited by Xwraith (27114 posts) - - Show Bio

Physically. I'm lucky enough to have seven different comic shops within a reasonable distance, and every time I read a digital comic on my iPod Touch, I find it less enjoyable.

#10 Posted by KidChipotle (14750 posts) - - Show Bio

I do both, which is horrible because my collection is in shambles now.

#11 Edited by Wolverine08 (48782 posts) - - Show Bio

Books man! I just like the feel, smell, and look of an actual comic book! Plus I feel like I'm holding a piece of history.

#12 Posted by i_like_swords (21526 posts) - - Show Bio

Physical. I can't stand reading comics on my laptop. I tried and I couldn't do it. I can't really appreciate the art and read the comic as comfortably as I can when I have it in hand. Also, when you go digital, you don't get the joy of making friends with your comic book guy, going home and reading your comics, packing and sealing them away for another day, and then one day in 10 years time, being able to walk into a room in your house overflowing with your extensive comic collection and just feel satisfied.

#13 Posted by guttridgeb (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

Physical, I switched between the two in the past but I'm always drawn back to print because I like my collection.

#14 Edited by BlazingNova (10926 posts) - - Show Bio

I buy both but I mostly buy he digital books there more convenient as I use the marvel app and I love their sales on some issues. I like that on road trips I can log on my iPod touch and read he comics and take them with me. When a issue I really want to read is out and I can't go to my local store to pick it up becuase of school or other stuff I can just log in and buy my copy and read it. But I do go to some local areas where they do have $1 bins to pick up some comics.

#15 Posted by Kangaxx_54 (308 posts) - - Show Bio

If by books you mean trades, then yes. My 'Local' CS is 4 hours away, so it's either trades or digitally. So far I have bought a lot of trades, because I had so much to get caught up on, supplemented with digital comics for those hard-to-find comics that either aren't in trades or are out-of-print. Though I have just bought Batman #21, and I plan on getting that and Batman/Superman as they come out. I don't want to wait ages for the trades to come out, while people are discussing them all over the net. I like the digital format (I have an iPad with retinal), there are only two cons: you cannot reorder the comics in the DC app (I'm a big fan of systematic order) and trades just look way better on the shelf.

#16 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10317 posts) - - Show Bio


Actual books.

I like having a connection to what I'm reading. It just doesn't feel natural reading a comic on a phone, or something like that. And it's more fulfilling having a physical collection, as apposed to a digital one.

Even though the nearest comicbook shop is a half-hour drive away I still prefer actual books.

#17 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6721 posts) - - Show Bio

Physical, and I don't plan on going digital.

#18 Posted by Tacos_Kickass (844 posts) - - Show Bio

Digital because you can take hundreds of digital comics with you at all times so you always have something to read.

#19 Edited by BaneStrokeLoboGrundyBatArrow (1462 posts) - - Show Bio

Both I prefer actual copy digital is fine though

#20 Posted by JulieDC (1223 posts) - - Show Bio

I buy digital and only borrow physical. I can't get comfy with physical books when lying down.

#21 Posted by ChocolateFrogs (185 posts) - - Show Bio

I prefer the physical copy. No chance of a computer crash to erase my collection (although, house fire, tornado, etc...). Plus I can lend out my comics to my brother, dad, and friends, which I can't do if it's digital. It's also a strain on the eyes after reading comics (or anything) on a computer for so long.

#22 Edited by Catsnlynne (1175 posts) - - Show Bio

I have both, but I prefer actual books. I like going to my LCS and getting my books. The guys who work there are very nice and helpful.

#23 Posted by The Stegman (29621 posts) - - Show Bio

Actual Books. The only time I get digital is when I'm behind on a series. It's cheaper to by back issues digitally than at stores.

#24 Posted by sagejonathan (2251 posts) - - Show Bio

Actual books! It's worth the extra money to have it in your hands and make a physical collection of comics. It's better in nearly every way.