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Digital Manga vs. print Manga?
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Posted 1/16/13
I like printed versions because when I pay for something I like to physically own it, not a digital format. But for reading purposes when I'm at work, digital is easier.
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Posted 1/16/13
I prefer actual books. call me old fashioned. i get enjoyment from cracking the spine, the smell of pages. Knowing how much work went into the production of the book in my hands. it is comforting.
Posted 1/17/13
Here is the thing. Most digital manga that are free (scans of weekly releases) are very good, though some have watermarks of th scanners. If you are using a tablet or kindle fire, then yes, digital manga is a smart choice.
Print manga, however, is better in the way that you can flip the pages, or look closely at thins without it blurring. Of course, it's like ambrosia to book addicts.
Word of warning- digital manga looks like hit on Kindle keyboards and ; the devices with something called the "ink screen". This style screen makes it easier to read and looks more like real books, but is useless when trying o read some good old manga.
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Posted 1/17/13
I prefer print volumes - you can look at them when you're not reading them on the shelf and you don't need a computer or device to read them on.

I've got over 200 volumes in print by now, and the only downside is storage. I put the new ones under my bed, but even there's running out of space. I imagine with digital, you don't have this problem.
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Posted 1/18/13
Digital is better from the environmental perspective and quality seems little better..
Printed will be my first choice though.
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Posted 1/18/13
im not a big fan of reading manga of my laptop i prefer to hold the book and read it
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Posted 1/18/13
You can actually print your own manga from digital one, wich nowdays has the best quality thanks to latest improvements in technology - D.manga is now fit for hd screens so..... even with a higher quality than normally printed manga and a lot cheaper,
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Posted 1/19/13
I prefer print, but I'm cheap so I read digital. Also, I can't read Japanese yet, so I rely on scanlated updates for my favorite mangas.

However, when I find a really good manga that is appropriate to share with my son I will buy the print for him to read. He is eight and can read the same thing over and over again and love it every time.
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Posted 1/20/13
Print - for future collector value.
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Posted 1/20/13 , edited 1/20/13
I'm old school. I enjoy holding a book, turning the pages, and organizing my book shelves. But Manga takes so much space and it is very difficult to get here in Oklahoma. So from neccessity I began reading digitally. I must say I am enjoying it for its own good points. it is very clear and unlike print I can adjust the size. Also I can put it up on my HDTV. Manga is AWESOME in 1080p! It's pretty convenient to be able to read on my Droid whenever I'm in a line or waiting on someone, I am in the process of finding a tablet just for digital media now. I hate to admit it but digital seems to be the better mouse trap for me.

On a side note, Weekly Jump is finally doing concurrent release starting tomorrow. So excited.
DC is much easier for me. The comic store is within walking distance of home and I drop in every other Wednesday.
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Posted 1/20/13 , edited 1/20/13

viva_cmpunker wrote:


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.


It's the same on Android too. VIZ, DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, and some others through different apps like Comixology and Comic+ app are available on Android and all you have to do is download them to your device and they are available to read offline. The quality is superb too, especially on a 7in tablet because that is practically the perfect size for reading digital manga. They can be accessed anywhere, so if you got a different device and wanted to read on it, all you have to do is re-download the app, sign in, and download the manga again. Though a 10in tablet is better for reading regular comics and magazines.
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Posted 1/20/13

daleb729 wrote:

im not a big fan of reading manga of my laptop i prefer to hold the book and read it


But your not limited to reading it on a laptop anymore, if you like scanlated manga or licensed manga you can read them on tablets or smartphones (but I don't get why someone would want to on a phone) using apps now. Also even the scanlated manga apps are allow offline reading, making it available at anytime as long as it's downloaded to the device.
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Posted 1/20/13
Holy crap there is digital manga???
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Posted 1/21/13
I have tried reading digital versions of manga and it's just not the same for me. I'm also a book nerd so I'm slightly biased. The art is great for both, but I think it's easier to determine how fluid the style is in the print version. I also love the feeling of holding the print version in my hands (weird I know haha). Reading the print versions is easier too as I blow through them. Sometimes reading the digital versions I get distracted so easily, dunno why.
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Posted 1/21/13
I prefer print version for anything.
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