That scalliwag Rich Johnston reports that Diamond Comics Distributors isa instituting a $600 minimum sales limit on all titles. What that means is, if they offer your book, and it doesn't make them more than that amount, they'll cancel all orders. This will affect reofferings and "Star Systems" items (i.e., trades and other higher-end items) as well. Of course, Bowen Designs and the like can meet that on any of their product with a handful of orders.
But what does this mean for small press and self-publishers? Simply put, it'll be that much harder (maybe impossible) for them to get their work listed in Diamond. And Diamond, as of this writing, is still the only game in town for widespread comics distribution.
Is this a draconian measure that will hurt the little guy and further curtail diversity within the comics community? Or a justified tactic for a business that has a right to growth of profits? U-Decide!