If you like to get your comics downloaded onto your Sony PSP, then you may not like the bit of news unveiled earlier this week by Sony. According to a press release, the Comic Store for the Sony PSP will no longer be available from the Playstation Store after October 30th of this year. That means that those of you who like to purchase your comics and read them on the PSP will no longer be able to purchase or download comics or the necessary app to do so. This comes as no surprise considering the current state of the one-time giant which posted a $312 million loss this fiscal year (according to their August 2012 report).
So what does this mean for readers who have previously purchased and downloaded their comics from the Comic Store to their PSP? Well, it basically means you can't purchase new comics or download previously purchased comics any longer. According to Sony, previously purchased comics will not be available for download after mid-January, 2013. This means that unless you back-up all of your previously purchased comics by mid-January using Sony's Media Go and you lose your comics, they are essentially gone forever.
While this in itself is bad news for those of you that read your comics via the PSP or the Playstation Vita, it also brings up one of the primary concerns that readers have with purchasing and reading their comics digitally. For example, if you use Comixology and something were to happen to the company, readers with digital comics collections could be left in the dark. What would happen to digital collections? What happens when the digital reader would need an update? What would you do if you lost your digital collection due to computer hard drive failure? The decision to close the PSP store is likely not an omen of things to come for those of us who read our comics digitally, but it certainly makes us think.
Do you read your comics on the Sony PSP or Vita? What will you do now that Sony has decided to close the doors on their Comic Store? How will you buy your comic books now?