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Evanjs 
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*Sigh*, Cant wait until I can read raws… Going to be a long time… But it'll be totally worth it.
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I like Jmanga, but I wish it wasn't subscription based.



Evanjs wrote:

*Sigh*, Cant wait until I can read raws… Going to be a long time… But it'll be totally worth it.

Same!
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I was curious... But then saw they had no iPad app....
Dunno why these peopE aren't realizing... If you wanna beat free... You gotta offer a superior product...
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I was really interested when I saw this, so naturally I investigated it, and was shocked by how flawed the pricing model was.

So I sent then an email with several suggestions

I suggested:
* they offer downloading to e-reader devices, such as the kindle
* they add better support for other currencies
I also mentioned that I felt that their payment system was flawed and I'd be more inclined to buy from them if they were to offer a more subscription service akin Crunchy: pay X, read all; rather than buying manga individually

I'm actually impressed that they replied to me, honestly wasn't expecting a reply:



Greetings and thanks for your feedback regarding JManga,

We will consider the e-reader approach if we have the resources, and part of the reason why we are working with points is that all currencies can buy points, which makes it a more international system. ^^ As for the pricing model, its something we're continuing to look at and discuss.

Sincerely,
JManga Customer Support

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:B. Is it worth it?
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from they way I got the answers to my questions, it is not worth it .

Because you have to pay with your points the manga you want to read. Even though there are marked down to 350, 499 and the most expensive ones are 899 but you cant keep a copy of the manga.

Now If they switch to an online subscription model then it might be and if you can put them in your ereader . You might as well buy as a emanga and own the copy of the manga. Their business model has a lot of holes.

If they are trying to branch out internationally then they have to look how other companies are doing it
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I think writers and artists should be compensated for the work they do. However, I can't see paying book prices for something I can't put on my shelf. Charging a print price for a digital file is a joke. It should be one-half or, at most, one-third the print price. More than that is just greed and the people who pay it have more money than sense.

The American Comic Book industry was killed by greedy mega publishers in the 90's. If Japanese manga can't adapt, I don't think they're far behind. It's obvious that print and postage costs are putting weekly and monthly publications out of business. I would not be opposed to viewing some of these publications on-line and paying the same as print, but I would be paying to get current and accurate information quickly. I would not be paying that much for casual entertainment. If I like a TV show, I buy the DVD at the end of the season. If I read a book I really like, I buy the hard copy to keep. I can't see paying twice for the same publication, if it's something I want to keep.
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shizunee wrote:

When I first heard about JManga it pissed me off. I personally am a supporter of independent scanlators who translate unlicensed manga for free, and JManga's policy of taking the manga that they translated and then selling it to people is despicable to me. I also don't agree with paying a membership fee for the chance to buy one manga a month that I wont get to keep if I decide to leave JManga. I'll just continue reading all the manga I want on MangaFox, etc.


I am almost sure that the creators and publishers get some royalties otherwise JManga couldn't be an actual business. It makes me laugh when people say stuff like they will just read on free sites like mangafox and the likes cause you are just supporting a company that rips off hardworking scan groups and makes a large profit from advertisements and such. 99% of the scan groups, that I know of, ask repeatedly to not read or upload their material to mangafox. Now, don't get me wrong if a series hasn't been licensed into English I will read it on an scan group approved online reader, however, I also try to support the creators as much as I can when the volumes do come out in the USA. Remember the hardwork the scan groups doesnt actually benefit the creator or publisher other than the volume that was used as the RAW, then many people read it for free. All the people who just read manga on online readers with out actually purchasing anything cause the downfall of manga like what has happened in the USA. just 10 years ago the bookstores I went to had shelves and shelves of manga, now it's consolidated into 1-2 shelves and companies are going out of business, *cough* tokyopop USA. So if Jmanga is like Crunchyroll, who pay for licenses of the mangas I have no problem joining up and paying for the service, if they fix some kinks.
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A few things jmanga needs to be better in no particular order.

1.An android/ios app so I can read manga on a tablet or if you have a big enough 720p smartphone it would be nice to.

2.Prices need to drop the current sale price of $5 is the max a regular length manga volume should cost(and should be closer to $4 imo). This is likely more the Japanese fault but they need to get it through there thick skull that charging the same price or more as a physical copy for a digital copy where there is a unlimited supply and no printing/material cost is absurd. In addition to lowering the price would be nice to see a bit of a discount the more you buy for example if you buy 3 volumes each one comes out to $4.50 instead of $5 and 5 volumes or more its $4 a volume a percentage point discount would also work. All this would also encourage people to buy more.

3.Needs to go drm free considering we are buying the manga on a per volume/chapter basis and not subscribing to an all you can eat model like CR.

4.Need to enable offline viewing for the manga although going drm free would solve this problem and lets us view it on any device that can view images whenever and where ever we want to.


Reminds me of the music industry when it was first starting out in the digital music realm wanted to charge the same price or more as a cd for there music and was ramming drm down consumers throat. Eventually they changed and lowered prices and removed the drm entirely.


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free paid?i dont USD here
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Stupid..........I don't see any incentive to pay for Jmanga
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It makes me laugh when people say stuff like they will just read on free sites like mangafox and the likes cause you are just supporting a company that rips off hardworking scan groups and makes a large profit from advertisements and such.

Agreed. MangaFox and its affiliates should only show scanlated works that they have done or actually have permission for, and should use the money they get on advertisements to pay royalties to the original authors. While I admit to unscrupulously reading whatever interests me on that site, I also try to support the scanlator sites first, and will buy my favorites from a legitimate book store when I can. My main dislike about JManga is that they essentially do the same thing as MangaFox with the exception, that they bought the license legitimately. While that is a good thing for the authors, if I have to buy it to read it, I won't. One, I don't want to buy something I might not like as much at the end, and two, if I am buying it, I want to keep it forever, not just for as long as the site is available.
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shizunee wrote:


It makes me laugh when people say stuff like they will just read on free sites like mangafox and the likes cause you are just supporting a company that rips off hardworking scan groups and makes a large profit from advertisements and such.

Agreed. MangaFox and its affiliates should only show scanlated works that they have done or actually have permission for, and should use the money they get on advertisements to pay royalties to the original authors. While I admit to unscrupulously reading whatever interests me on that site, I also try to support the scanlator sites first, and will buy my favorites from a legitimate book store when I can. My main dislike about JManga is that they essentially do the same thing as MangaFox with the exception, that they bought the license legitimately. While that is a good thing for the authors, if I have to buy it to read it, I won't. One, I don't want to buy something I might not like as much at the end, and two, if I am buying it, I want to keep it forever, not just for as long as the site is available.


And in addition, sites like mangafox shouldn't ask for donations, they should recommend that people actually buy the manga from japan or some licensor or so on if they're going to be reading it for free (in their own language) on sites like mangafox etc. And even if they don't recommend buying the licensed or physical manga they shouldn't ask for donations to their site that's hosting manga as theirs and taking in money for something that they don't own; It's like Crunchy putting up shows they don't have the rights to (this is obviously just an example) and using paying subscribers' money to keep doing so.
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If I had the money to spare (car repairs this check) I would how is it bad to pay for things rather than get them for free? Someone had to work to create that manga they deserve a living and some profit for it I don't fix things all day for free nor should they draw and create things for free
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It's like Crunchy putting up shows they don't have the rights to (this is obviously just an example) and using paying subscribers' money to keep doing so.

Ah, but you forget that Crunchyroll started out doing just that. It used to have a lot more (unlicensed) shows that users uploaded the episodes to until they started gettting copyright complaints and had to start taking things down.
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