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Posted 8/19/11 , edited 8/19/11

Totavo wrote:

I don't usually start new manga, so I"ll just wait for the manga that I'm reading to catch up a little bit first.



this is how i initially read your sentence


"I dont usually start a new manga, but when I do its (insert manga name here.)

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Posted 8/19/11 , edited 8/19/11

Galdrath wrote:
...if my options are:
A) buy a digital volume for $9 and have unlimited viewing ONLY on my computer and ONLY when I have internet connection and ONLY for as long as the website stays in business,
or
B) buy a physical volume for $9 that I can read any time, any place, for as long as it survives natural disasters and normal aging/wear and tear
then you can bet that I'm going to pick B every single time.


Not only that, but I can get new volumes of manga from Rightstuf, with a membership discount, for like $7...which is even cheaper than JManga.


Garylisk wrote:

I want this.

But with better selection. And readable on a Kindle/Nook/Whatever eReader you have.

I have seriously been waiting to buy an ereader because I am waiting to see how manga gets implemented. So far, Amazon has some titles but they are a sad selection. Would be great if someone sold DRM-Free PDF format manga, but that's probably an impossible dream.

So yeah, I am eyeing the Kindle DX since it's bigger, but I recently looked at some scanned manga pages on a Nook Color, and it's not too shabby, honestly. Despite the smaller screen size, it worked and was quite readable.

So yeah, JManga, I dunno... they seem to have a big selection of manga that's not even in English. That's another problem if you want to sell to people who primarily speak English.


Hey, people said that Martin Luther King's dream was impossible too. It's wrong to think that industries are un-malleable iron monuments that can't be changed by consumer desires at all.

I have a 5" eReader, but I was just thinking of getting a 9.7" reader when DRM-free digital comics and manga starts gaining traction. I found this nifty eReader chart, which lists them all by size, including the 9"+ ones at the bottom:

http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_Reader_Matrix

I'm actually thinking of the Onyx Boox M91S. It's a variant of the Boox M90 which removes the WiFi, shaving ~$50 of the cost, retailing at 329, compared to the 379 of the Kindle DX or Boox M90. I don't need WiFi at all, so it seems like a great deal to me. I wouldn't want a Kindle anyway, I'm too turned off by their DRM-scheme and monopolistic practices.

Edit: Also, the Kindle DX doesn't support JPG or PNG, which makes it incompatible with lots of scanned manga. And heck, I just think white/light-grey eReaders look better than black ones...

I wouldn't recommend getting a Nook Color. It's an LCD screen, not eInk. The main point of eReaders is that they have eInk which reduces the eyestrain that long reading on a computer would cause. eInk is just like looking at paper; there's no backlit light hurting your eyes. For me at least, this is a huge issue; I stare at computer screens 100% of the time at work and 80% of the time off work, I need to rest my eyes when reading books. With the Nook Color, since it's an LCD screen, you might as well just read the books on your computer, or a notebook computer or something.

There are color eInk screens too, but they're pretty new in coming to the market.
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Posted 8/19/11
Alright America and Canada! Support J Manga so Europe can get a piece of J Manga!
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Posted 8/19/11
I love manga just as much as the next person but if i'm gonna pay to read manga i damn well better have the actual book in my hands after doing it.
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Posted 8/19/11
Release it for my country
Make an iPhone app for it
Offer an monthly subscribtion for unlimited manga.

Then I will buy it
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Posted 8/19/11
I'd love to signup, but unfortunately your servers seem to be down. Maybe later.
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Posted 8/19/11 , edited 8/19/11
Not sure if this is on the site or not , cause i can't find it , but what does the 10 dollar subscription fee give you ? Do you get full access to all the manga on the site? Or is it limited like only so many chapters or books a month, etc ,etc

If anyone knows it would be greatly apperciated cause i can't find anythign on the site relating to it

Also does anyone else think there should be a download option so you can download and view it offline, Maybe not a option to legally print it but just to download and view it offline if you agree not to print it ( For content you buy, not the subscription stuff)
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Posted 8/19/11

toonpenguin wrote:

If anyone knows it would be greatly apperciated cause i can't find anythign on the site relating to it


The "subscription" seems to allot you 1000 points, which you can use to purchase chapters or volumes. In addition, you can purchase more points.

I haven't given this a try yet, so I'm not sure if this is exactly how the site works.
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Posted 8/19/11 , edited 8/19/11
I signed up and got my 1500 points, but not much is available yet to purchase (not that I could find). Probably not much until the official release date. Happy to see Mirai Nikki will be there, but no sign of Deadman Wonderland makes me sad. Some other interesting titles as well. I'm willing to give it a try, as I prefer not to download scans myself. :)

It would be a neat option if we could link our accounts on Crunchyroll and JManga for subscription fees or something, might make things simpler.
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Posted 8/19/11

Blad3101 wrote:

I signed up and got my 1500 points, but not much is available yet to purchase (not that I could find). Probably not much until the official release date. Happy to see Mirai Nikki will be there, but no sign of Deadman Wonderland makes me sad. Some other interesting titles as well. I'm willing to give it a try, as I prefer not to download scans myself. :)

It would be a neat option if we could link our accounts on Crunchyroll and JManga for subscription fees or something, might make things simpler.


You should suggest that to them on their fb page.

For those that read online ( a lot of you) for free, this website is actually very good. You get to read Mangas leggally. I don't like the paying system currently, but if they change it to crunchyroll system - i will consider buying it. The image are really good quality and it's a lot faster then reading online on some website where you have to wait a long time for a page to load or when the pages are not in order
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Posted 8/19/11 , edited 8/19/11
I'll add my voice to those who are saying that the cost structure is completely whacked.

A CR sub costs $60/yr and I get unlimited views (and am following about 10 simuls atm). The JManga sub costs $120/yr, and I only get to "buy" (which is a complete misnomer) about 13 volumes? Even when a physical volume is about 1/3 the cost of a DVD, and probably a lot of that in printing costs?

And the idea that I'm not "buying" but rather getting a perpetual license is VERY worrisome for a new service like this. If it goes belly up, bye-bye content.

No thanks, I'll stick with anime only.

What would I be willing to pay? $2-3/month for unlimited viewing, but where there was no pretense that I actually owned anything, so if I cancel, I don't retain rights to read.
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Posted 8/20/11
This doesn't seem like a steal. A little too pricey methinks.
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Posted 8/20/11
Good thing i read the description.. or else I never would known where to start ^__^
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Posted 8/20/11
I was SO Hoping we'd see some of the old Tokyopop and Go!Manga titles that got dropped on here. Things like Kindaichi's Case files, for example. Or lets go with older series like Bride of Deimos or series that were never picked up over here at all, such as the first series for Loki before Loki Ragnorak. Petshop of Horrors:Tokyo even. Saiyuki? If that happened? I'd totally pay the price because I want to finish/read these series so badly! But ones I can get off of Justmanga for 8.50 or sometimes even 5.55 (If it's in their club) brand new? I love manga and I WANT to support the industry, but how can I possibly agree to spending more that I can only access in a limited fashion when there's book versions completely accessible?

Netcomics let's you 'rent' a chapter for 48 hours at .20 a chapter. yes, it's only available online and yes you only have it on rental, but they also keep a bookshelf to remind you what you've read, release as they're translated, and I don't mind paying a small amount to rent titles that I can't get elsewhere and read a chapter of it. They also release the books in print, if you decide you do want to own it. To me, that's the best of both worlds. They keep track of your money for a long time so you can just put 10 bucks on when you have it and spend it as new chapters come up. It lets me support the industry, read things scanlators aren't grabbing, and doesn't drain my bank account. I was REALLY hoping Jmanga would be more like this sort of structure, and I'll be watching to see if they become more reasonable. I want it to work... it just has to work on a more reasonable level. Having something on your computer should never cost as much as having something in print. I buy episodes of telvision series on Amazon's viewer as well, and ebooks. If they charge me as much as the book, or DVD, I won't pay it. I buy the DVD instead... or I just decide to skip owning it. I'm not encouraging pirating stuff at all, but there's a lot of temptations out there and the economy in America sucks right now. If companies want to combat this, they have to consider the consumer and let us try to be honest without gouging us for it.
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Posted 8/21/11
What else can I say that already hasn't? It's pretty safe to say, based on the feedback, they know there is no way for them to survive with the current business model. The question is, did they seriously expect positive feedback?

I cross my fingers they wisen up. The only time I see there current model to almost be worthwhile is for titles which will never see the light of day here. Even then it's still a stretch just to view them legally.
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