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Digital Manga vs. print Manga?
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If possible, I prefer printed versions. Printed versions won't get taken off the internet and it's much easier (for me anyway) to be able to hold and read a physical copy anywhere. I prefer the "feel" of holding a book. Digital copies may not have the best quality and I don't want to sit in front of a screen to read a book! I don't want to have to worry about some digital device I could lose or get stolen from me. The ONLY exception I'd make to the printed vs. digital rule is ridiculous long running titles like One Piece. THAT would make more sense in digital form since I don't have the space for 60+ volumes that shows no signs of ending anytime in the next decade.
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I prefer printed manga, I can easily flip through it. I'm not opposed to digital manga as long as you have a tablet..a thin thin tablet and aren't stuck in front of a desktop or laptop.
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fuzzytipsy wrote:


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!


Yes, indeed this is helpful! Thank you!
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Art-chan wrote:

If possible, I prefer printed versions. Printed versions won't get taken off the internet and it's much easier (for me anyway) to be able to hold and read a physical copy anywhere. I prefer the "feel" of holding a book. Digital copies may not have the best quality and I don't want to sit in front of a screen to read a book! I don't want to have to worry about some digital device I could lose or get stolen from me. The ONLY exception I'd make to the printed vs. digital rule is ridiculous long running titles like One Piece. THAT would make more sense in digital form since I don't have the space for 60+ volumes that shows no signs of ending anytime in the next decade.


It will only be removed from the internet, if it's illegal i guess.


But everyone, thanks for your answer! ^^

Personally I think i prefer Digital Version because of the price, and if it's from the right site the quality is also good.
- But then again, I have never, ever tried to read a Manga.
But there was a time where I hold another's Manga. :O
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What I meant was, if it's a digital license, eventually the license will expire so it WILL be taken down (on legitimate sites), whereas a printed version can go out of print, but I won't "lose access" the printed version. Say I discover a title after it's gone out of print. "Out of Print" doesn't necessarily mean "pay-an-arm-and-a-leg" to obtain a copy. I've come across out of print items that are super cheap, but on the other end of the spectrum, if there's low supply and high demand, you WILL pay a lot more. So in that sense, I'd prefer a printed version over a digital copy.
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i always prefer digital because im 15 dnt have a job yet to buy manga and there are no maga stores around in shreveport louisiana and i have always used dihital to read naruto onepiece bleach and

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Posted 1/3/13
I like the Print Manga but with the Evolution of Digital with Ipad And Kindle Fire the Print could be outdated in an couple of year
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Posted 1/7/13
Print Manga, by far........digital just seems tedious.
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Print manga whenever it is possible.
I love to go to my local book store and fangirl over manga xD
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I wasn't even considering getting a tablet until I heard there was digital manga.

I think it's great, because the stores around here don't get all the manga and I'm stuck mail ordering it.
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I prefer the print versions for manga, I like actually holding the book and collecting them. I only read manga digitally if they aren't officially translated into English. I'm just more comfortable with a book than a tablet to read. Plus I like to buy books used, so to me, if I can get a physical copy of a volume or a digital copy of a volume for $5.99, I'd pick physical without hesitation.
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Posted 1/8/13
I prefer print manga. If you see me out of the house I always have a manga in my back pocket.

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I like printed better because that's how the manga-ka intended it to be read in most cases. Plus I love books, holding them in my hands, the smell of them, being able to display them nicely on my many bookshelves! Plus when I stared reading manga they didn't have them online because there was no Internet then.. *gasp*.. yes I've been reading manga for a very long time! I plan to be 90 yrs old and still reading Naruto.. lol..
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Posted 1/13/13
Manga on ipad = best thing ever
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I like the printed version, and that is what I prefer to own since I collect manga. However, I would love it if companies would allow you to get a digital version free with the printed version you buy so you can read it on a kindle or nook.
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