Due to technological and formatting constraints of the kindle and other e-readers over the past few years, animated publications have rarely been seen on any kind of electronic reading device. However, that's all changing with the news that DC Comics have signed a deal to make their well loved publications available as e-books. DC Comics have been responsible for Batman, Superman, and the Justice League, among many others.

This news comes only a month after The Diary of a Wimpy Kid finally found its way onto the kindle, having found difficulty with formatting and cohesion. As the LA Times reports, graphic novels have been available for a little while on some devices, however individual comic book issues have not. That's changing with the advent of a DC app that will enable it. The move to digital comes as the sales print comic books continue to decline- although, apparently sales of comic books in comparison to this time last year have risen a massive 197%! This is perhaps largely due to the influx of comic-inspired films that have been released over the last year, most notable, The Avengers.

Jim Lee, co-published at DC Entertainment was quoted on DCComics.com, and said: "As e-readers and tablets continue to explode in popularity it's important for us to offer consumers convenience and choice in how they download digital comics and graphic novels and these new distribution deals with the top three e-bookstores do just that...We're very excited to work with Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble to bring bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo periodicals to their e-bookstores."