my own analysis suggested that the Web Comics app was a legal (if exceedingly clunky) RSS reader.
Now Zak plans to release a new version of the app, and it sounds like he's made some of the changes creators and readers have suggested. I believe that all his promo shots include only comics whose creators specifically asked to be included in the application, and the new version lets you add additional comic RSS feeds. It also sounds like links to new comic feeds will appear based on the feeds app users tend to add. In other words, the new version of the app is a bit closer to a traditional RSS reader, and it makes Zak look a bit less like a publisher -- and, he hopes, smell a bit less fishy. We'll have to see if webcomic creators turn up their noses this time.
Zak says that he has already submitted the new Web Comics app to the iTunes store and is waiting on approval. He doesn't say whether the app will be free.
Will I be downloading the new Web Comics app? Sure, to play around with it and see how it works. If he releases an Android version, I might even try to use it on a daily basis. But I'm pretty content reading most of my comics through NetNewsWire and I'm not in the market for a mobile webcomics solution. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are.
Web Comics Republished [Dale Zak]