Now an ebook -- the DC Trade Paperback Timeline!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

For the past six years, Collected Editions' DC Comics Trade Paperback Timeline has been your online source for how to read and understand the story of the DC Universe, in order, in collected form.

Today, we're pleased to announce the first in a new series of Collected Editions ebooks - The DC Trade Paperback Timeline Vol. 1.

This newly-updated edition of the DC TPB Timeline organizes over 800 DC Comics collections, including all the final collections before DC's New 52 relaunch. The ebook also includes a new introduction that talks about changes in DC's collection program over the years and how the DC TPB Timeline began.

The ebook is available via Smashwords in all major ebook formats for all devices, tablets, and smartphones, plus easy-to-use downloadable desktop versions. All the formats, DRM-free, are packaged together for just $0.99. You can also buy direct from the Apple iBookstore and for the Barnes and Noble Nook.

The ebook works natively on iPad and Kindle. For Android users, the free Aldiko offers good results, or most any ebook reader will work. To read the ebook on your desktop, Adobe Digital Editions is also free.

What will happen to the online DC Trade Paperback Timeline?

The DC TPB Timeline on the blog will continue to be updated normally. The updates that are appearing in the ebook today will appear on the site Friday. As the timeline is updated online, especially with DC New 52 books, new ebook editions of the timeline will be available from Smashwords. Any technical usability updates to the DC TPB Timeline Vol. 1 ebook will be provided free of charge.

The website edition of the DC TPB Timeline works for reading on your computer; the ebook edition of the DC TPB Timeline is great for taking your e-reader on the road, offline reading, or printing or taking a digital copy when you browse your local comics shop.

What if I don't have an e-reader?

The DC TPB Timeline ebook is available from Smashwords in PDF, RTF (word processor), and a number of other formats (see above), suitable for computer as well as e-reader viewing.

However you choose to read the DC TPB Timeline, proceeds from ebook sales go toward keeping Collected Editions running week after week.

Did you say "first in a series" of Collected Editions ebooks?

Yes. Start your Collected Editions library now and keep on watching this space. This is only the beginning ...

If you are a writer, blogger, or reviewer who would like to receive a review copy of the DC TPB Timeline ebook, or would like to discuss giving away a copy of the DC TPB Timeline ebook as a promotion on your site, please contact me at the Yahoo address (collectededitions).

The DC Comics Trade Paperback Timeline, now available in ebook format. Happy reading!
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  1. Wow! Major piece of work and very, very welcome. I consult your timeline a lot to check where things should fit in, and this will eradicate those annoying times when I have to wait until I get home to do it. I whole-heartedly applaud the move - keep it up!

    Any idea at this stage how often updates might be?

  2. That's awesome. I'll definitely grab a copy (after I fix my credit card). My plan is to simply print the RTF version and put it near my bookshelf. Really good job!

  3. Thanks for the kind words.

    I expect to release new ebook "volumes" of the timeline at the point of major updates to the online timeline (complete/largely complete categories, etc). So the online timeline may gain a little ground on the ebook, but when the next ebook volume comes out, it'll have all the new material plus "extras" that expand on the online timeline. So there's something there to make both the online and ebook timeline unique and worthwhile.

  4. great ebook! already purchased my copy and started reading it. i'm with mikabast - i'll keep a copy of it on my ipad and print one out for the bookshelf at home so i can scribble notes on it. Thanks!

  5. Thanks! When you get to scribbling, I'd love to know what kind of notes you make. Also, I will post photos of readers with the timeline on their mobile device, so if you want, load up the cover and email 'em to me at the Yahoo account.

  6. Anyone else having troubles downloading it through iBooks? I'm on my iPhone and I can't figure out how to download it.

  7. You should just be able to click the iBookstore link above, then click View in iTunes, and that should take you to a purchase page that will import the ebook directly into iBooks. Or, you can get it from Smashwords in EPUB format, and then import into iBooks manually; PDF should also work in iBooks. Anyone else have suggestions?

  8. On the iPod Touch, which I understand to work just like the iPhone in this respect, I just opened iBooks, hit Store at the upper right, hit Search at the bottom right, typed in "DC Trade," and purchased it right there.

    Looks great, C. Ed.!

  9. Great idea, hope it sells well for you!

  10. I can't take a picture of it on my iPhone because my iPhone IS my camera. :-)

  11. Just got my copy. Cheers for that. Great effort deserving more widespread attention.