Beamable sent us over a copy of their latest series, “The Exec.” The Wraith weighs in with his thoughts –
Beamable.com is taking an interesting twist to graphic novels and comic books: porting them to Palm and PocketPC based handhelds, and Java-enabled smartphones. It felt like the PalmOS reader was a tiny bit sluggish on scene changes–not really enough to be a serious issue, but perhaps a second too long for my taste. A bigger issue is screen size and resolution. While they’ve done an admirable job porting such images to a tiny screen, the increased size and resolution of a PocketPC is definitely an advantage, and a Java-enabled smartphone would be even worse. Hopefully, Beamable will soon add high-res options for the newer PalmOS devices.
As for content, I m pretty much the farthest thing from an expert on comic books or graphic novels, but it seems as entertaining as most graphic novels do to me (though I admit a soft spot in my heart for stories featuring corrupt mega-corporations as the villains, such as the one sent to BargainPDA). Moreover, Beamable seems to be just getting started, and doubtless they ll be looking to increase both their quality and quantity of their material. Their prices are reasonable, and they seem to have a pretty good setup–hopefully they ll be able to find their market.
I did talk with the folks at Beamable a bit and they told me to expect a “Big” announcement in the near future. It sounds to me that they’re going after traditional publishers that have little to no idea on how to distribute content electronically. The price is right, most issues are just over a dollar and the market is surely out there.
To learn more or to pick up a few free samples hit the Beamable site.