A recent thread on comic downloads got me thinking. I have an account with comixology and have been thinking about doing something that I'd like your opinions on. Say you want Watchmen or The Dark Phoenix Saga in digital format, but dislike the current comic viewers on sites like comixology. Is there anything wrong with buying those digital comics on comixology but downloading them as well so you can read them on cdisplay or comicrack, which are both VASTLY superior ways to read comics? Comicrack, for instance, has a script that fills in each comic with the creative teams, publishers, month/year, genre, characters, etc, which allows customizable organization and the creation of thematic reading lists, not to mention a superior viewer.
The only thing wrong that I can see is that I'd be dealing with a "shady" individual that's offering them in this format, rather than taking the time to scan the comics myself for my own personal use. The reality is that I would have paid DC an Marvel for access to said comics in digital format, so nobody was "cheated" in my specific case. I guess this is one of them there "gray areas" they talk about?
I wish Marvel and DC would rethink not allowing consumers to store the comics as files on their computers. Sure, people can and will copy them, but they're doing that already. After all, they did allow the production of those DVD-ROM's in pdf format and I thought that was a fantastic move.