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Digital Manga vs. print Manga?
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Posted 12/27/12
I was thinking, if there is a big quality difference between a digital Manga and a print Manga? Because the price is so difference that I can't stop wondering. If there isn't a quality difference, then of course I will buy the digital Manga, because it is so cheap, but if the digital Manga sucks, then I just pay a little more for the Print version.

And I'm sorry if my English is bad, but I hope it's understandable.
Posted 12/27/12
depends on the artists i like both art styles but there's some very good drawers that can to digital art
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Posted 12/27/12 , edited 12/27/12
I think she meant a comparison between the print version of a manga volume or a digital version (like the ones on vizmanga.com). I honestly think that the digital version is superior. In the digital version you can see the whole two page spreads unlike in the physical one. I currently buy digital versions on my iPad and it looks great and better in my opinion. Still, sometimes I like to hold the actual book. If you live in North America there are many free previews on vizmanga.com. I don't like the manga reader on their site, but if you have an iPad or another tablet, it looks great on them.
Posted 12/28/12
prefer the print version of manga.
Posted 12/28/12
I prefer the print version for manga.
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Posted 12/28/12
@viva_cmpunker, yes that was what I meant. ^^

And thanks to all who answer.
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I honestly like printed versions of Manga than digital. iPad may have an advantage by having a cheap price and saving paper, although for collectors like myself prefer printed. In my opinion, if your iPad or electrical device ever was lost or messed up, you couldn't recover it so easily. Eh, I've grown up reading/collecting comic books and art so either way. lol.
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Posted 12/28/12
i personally enjoy the print manga,but i do buy digital.
I just like being able to actually have it not just on a computer screen not that hate digital though.
Also i check them out in digital form (price is low) and then if i like it i buy the manga in print.
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Posted 12/28/12
I like both, I don't really mind reading manga on my computer, but I think that digital manga allows titles which wouldn't normally come to the west to be licensed.
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Posted 12/28/12

xxashtaichoxx wrote:

I honestly like printed versions of Manga than digital. iPad may have an advantage by having a cheap price and saving paper, although for collectors like myself prefer printed. In my opinion, if your iPad or electrical device ever was lost or messed up, you couldn't recover it so easily. Eh, I've grown up reading/collecting comic books and art so either way. lol.


Actually that's not how it works with digital manga or digital comics sites. You can access your collection using any computer/laptop or any tablet/smartphone if there was an app for it just by logging in to your account. Right now, I know that VIZ, DC and Dark Horse have an iOS app. The benefit of the iPad IMO is that you can actually download the volumes on the device and you do not need WI-FI to read them and of course manga has the best quality on an iPad.
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Posted 12/28/12
viva_cmpunker, oh well, that's sounds cool enough, but I know that Viz is totally legal, but what about Dark horse and/or DC?
And what if you don't have a tablet, can you use your computer then?
Oh, btw. I can't buy Manga from Viz because I'm not living in US, so what about the other two sites you mentioned, do you need to live in US to buy Mange there?
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Posted 12/28/12

AnnaGrais wrote:

viva_cmpunker, oh well, that's sounds cool enough, but I know that Viz is totally legal, but what about Dark horse and/or DC?
And what if you don't have a tablet, can you use your computer then?
Oh, btw. I can't buy Manga from Viz because I'm not living in US, so what about the other two sites you mentioned, do you need to live in US to buy Mange there?


Dark Horse and DC are comics and not manga. I know that DC works internationally. There is jmanga.com that is international but I honestly don't use it.

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AnnaGrais wrote:

viva_cmpunker, oh well, that's sounds cool enough, but I know that Viz is totally legal, but what about Dark horse and/or DC?
And what if you don't have a tablet, can you use your computer then?
Oh, btw. I can't buy Manga from Viz because I'm not living in US, so what about the other two sites you mentioned, do you need to live in US to buy Mange there?


Those comic apps should be legal, but I know that it is harder to buy manga digitally if you don't live in North America. I don't personally know about the regions for Dark Horse and DC, but I know that Dark Horse does have a decent amount of manga available digitally, like Trigun Maximum and Hellsing.

I know that Jmanga is international for at least some titles, and they have a pretty decent online reader. They have an android app that is quite buggy, and no iPad app, probably because of content restrictions.

If you're interested in Boys Love/Yaoi, I highly recommend Sublime Manga, which was created by Viz, but is completely international. They offer online reading and pdf downloads, which is very nice.

I know that Yen Press also has digital versions of some of their manga, but it seems to be only for the iPad, and probably only in the U.S. Digital Manga Publishing and Kodansha both have apps, but they are probably U.S. only, and the reviews indicate that the DMP app is quite buggy, and I know that the Kodansha app has only 7 series.

In answer to your original question about the quality of print vs. digital, I find that if I am using the Viz app on the iPad, the image is often much sharper than printed. The price also makes it much easier to collect an entire series, and it doesn't take up all your bookshelf space. Jmanga also has good quality, and so far, all legal digital manga I have seen has been much better quality than scanlations.

In summary, I like digital manga, and don't see any drop in quality vs. print manga. My favorite app for reading manga is the Viz manga app, and Jmanga is my favorite when I'm using my laptop. For international sites, Jmanga and Sublime are the ones I know of.

I hope some of this information is helpful to you!
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Posted 1/1/13 , edited 1/1/13
It's more worth it to buy printed manga. I usually read 1-3 chapters of a manga digitally and if I enjoy it, I will buy the physical copy and since I'm from South Africa, it means a lot when I say it's more worth it as manga is a lot more expensive here because we need to import from other countries. Printed is far more superior, the feel, the smell, the look, everything is just much better, the only difference is convenience.

I hope this helps C:
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Posted 1/1/13 , edited 1/1/13
I prefer a physical print copy of the manga just because I'm so much more used to it, but there are some mangas out there (like Nisekoi) where there is no such print version in english so there are digital copies that I'd buy but only because I was never given a choice to be able to get the physical copy.
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