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Posted 4/18/09 , edited 4/19/09
Would you read manga on an e-book? That's the question I'm asking you.



For a few years now, companies have been coming out with e-book readers. Basically a small electronic device with a singular screen that you can read off. Usually the actual reader sets you back a bit, but in return the cost for digital distribution of novels is somewhere around $1-3 dollars US, substantially lower than if you just went out and bought the book.

Amazon has been spearheading the operation with their e-book titled Kindle and allowing you to buy books digitally from a vast collection of titles, as well as let you move PDF's to your e-book for a small monetary fee.

But now Google and Sony have formed an alliance and are making a new e-book reader, It is also rumored that they are working on an alternative strategy to making a user pay individually per book. There's also the chance that it will have PDF support for free, which could allow manga publishers to sell via digital distribution which you can then move over to your e-book.

There's already software out there for the Sony PSP to be used as a type of manga e-book and a few companies, but none of the major publishers, have taken advantage of that, allowing manga downloads in a format easily accessible on the PSP.

So would you consider it or do you believe e-books are just a gimmik? Obviously having a lot of publishers jump aboard the e-book would help substantially, but it just doesn't seem like there's a huge demand out there for it currently, although I know a lot of manga fans here actually read entire series on the internet.
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Posted 4/19/09
I guess I would. Since that is pretty cool, especially the price.
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Posted 4/19/09
Yes, I would.

It will be easier to carry around my favorite Mangas without bring a knapsack.
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Posted 4/20/09
If I had the money, ya. Having one e-book on my desk with access the all the manga I want to read sure looks a whole lot better than a bookcase full of manga.
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Posted 4/20/09
that would be nice... i can take it wherever i want!! ... just as long as it's clear and readable though



...WHAT!! they have a a software for downloading manga into the psp??!! i want that ... but sadly i don't think i have money for that right now :[
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Posted 4/21/09 , edited 4/21/09

jvz05 wrote:

that would be nice... i can take it wherever i want!! ... just as long as it's clear and readable though



...WHAT!! they have a a software for downloading manga into the psp??!! i want that ... but sadly i don't think i have money for that right now :[


Yeah, I saw it somewhere on the internet, basically just changes img files so they're clearer and you don't need to like scroll across/up/down on the psp screen, like you do if you just use the normal img viewer.

Theoretically, you could download the images, turn them into a PDF and then pay to move the PDF to your kindle, but seems a bit backward and besides, the author's are not getting any money from it.
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Posted 4/21/09
Kind of tempted to at least try it out.

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Posted 4/21/09
no
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Posted 4/21/09 , edited 4/21/09
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Posted 4/22/09

AHTL wrote:

Kind of tempted to at least try it out.



Wow, I didn't know you got free cellular web access also, what a bonus.
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Posted 12/13/09 , edited 12/13/09
sure
I read it on my ipod touch!
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Posted 12/14/09
I so would. Not only is it saving space on my bookshelf and saving trees but making it easier to take with me and read in public. I want the new Nook by bn because it has a touchscreen and is pdf compatible unlike the kindle. There is no way I would try reading manga on anything smaller than an ebook size.
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Posted 12/14/09 , edited 12/14/09
Yes, but it shouldn't be limited to e-readers like the kindle or an app for the iphone. i already own a new netbook and a new notebook, I don't want to buy another device for awhile. If they're sold as pdf... then there wouldn't be a problem.

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Posted 12/14/09
yes!!
its better than a cramp bookshelf full of books!!
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