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Do you think reading a manga online for free is better then print or not?
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34 / M / The Void.
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Posted 3/1/13
They are both the same to me.
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18 / M / Anywhere in the w...
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Posted 3/1/13
Surely It looks better on print, but I can't afford it yet.
So I just read it digital.
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22 / M / Close to your Heart
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Posted 3/1/13
I'm sure most people would prefer the print copies. After all, there is a certain feeling to having the physical object sort of like an ownership pride of some sort....can't describe into words. Also, knowing that buying the print version ensures the continuation of the work that you like, since most Mangas' continuation are attach to how well they sell above anything else. But don't confuse my words, Free Fan Scalation Groups have done more than any company to advertise and promote Manga in the U.S. and the world, Most of the time doing it faster and better quality (Translations & image) than even the ones that are licensed by companies here in the U.S. They have attracted a new generation of fans that otherwise would never know Manga even existed. Also, they bring to the world a large amount of work that would have never seen the light outside of the country of origin, because more popular work doesn't give it enough space to grow or simply fans in the origin country can't relate to the work but in some other part of the world is seen as genius or interesting.


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25 / M / Canada
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Posted 3/1/13
Assuming that the same manga was legally available for both options, I'd still plunk money down on the print copy. There's just something about holding a book... that physicality, that intimacy, which is missing when you read from a screen. I'm the same with books vs e-readers. Having that physical sensation in your hands.... there's just something special about it. It's like losing your virginity; and pixels on a screen can't ever replace that.
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22 / F
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Posted 3/2/13
I rarely read manga online. It tends to give me a headache. I'm really lucky to have a used book store nearby that gets a lot of good manga in nice shape. I've managed to pick up almost a hundred volumes of various series for $1-$2 each. If I really want something I'll buy it new, but for the most part new print copies of manga are too expensive for me. I'm not opposed to previewing manga online before spending a lot of money on it. The only problem is that sometimes I'm tempted to just read the whole thing online and not buy it at all. I have a hard time justifying reading an entire series online if it's possible to obtain in legally. But then the headache kicks in and I realize that it will be much more enjoyable if I just buy a print copy.
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34 / M / ICQ: 114629959
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Posted 3/2/13
Reading manga online AND for free could impose a little problem on the legimate holder of the publication rights... if something is licensed in your region and you liked it... buy it! A little bit support is needed to keep manga flourish, you know^^
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18 / M
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Posted 3/2/13
i definitley prefer to read my manga print or even digitally bought, i do my best to support the authors where i can. but that being said if its a series that hasnt been licensed or is hundreds of chapter long i typically will read it online.
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16 / F / St. Peterburg Flo...
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Posted 3/2/13
Thats kinda hard :T I love being able to feel the pages and oddly enough - I am a book sniffer. I love the smell of the pages. But it could be a hassle having to carry around more than one manga when you get done with one, when you could just download it or visit a website with the manga! But that also has some problems, buffering, or no wifi, dead battery, all SUCK when trying to read a manga online. But it's mostly free... hmmm..
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15 / F / In Alois Trancy's...
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Posted 3/2/13
I like having the physical book, just like I like having the physical DVDs for anime but that's just me. I mostly only read manga online if it's not released in English yet
Posted 3/3/13
I prefer the print copies. Mostly because I love books, so holding them in my hands is much better. And because some of the translations online can be really bad. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy alllll of my favorite manga lol.
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28 / F / US
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Posted 3/3/13
I prefer print. I feel like I need that natural stopping point when the book ends to absorb wtf I just read. It's hard to do that online when you have the ability to just keep going and going.

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Posted 3/3/13 , edited 3/3/13
I don't mind reading online but I do prefer reading printed copies instead. I read online because, one I don't have money to buy every volume of my favourite mangas (I read fairy tail and it has 36 volumes and each volume price ranges) and two I get posted when a chapter comes out instead of having to wait 3-5 months for a volume to come out. But I like having a book in front of me and I can go anywhere and read it. Plus I don't need to be staring at a screen while I'm reading. After staring a screen for so long, I get a headache and my eyes hurt as well. But then again reading manga online is cheaper but it's not always better.
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24 / M / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 3/3/13
I'm sorry for this question, i'm not sure if it belongs here or not but can anyone help me out and tell me where I can buy manga and read it online? Thanks in advance.
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Posted 3/3/13
I purchase any manga I read online once it's available where I live.

I like to collect my favorites so I can read them again.

So basically I prefer print
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45 / M / Memphis, TN
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Posted 3/3/13
Free is wonderful and very helpful, actually. But I collect books, so I still prefer to own a physical copy. (The free reading does help me decide upon what's really worth the money of buying, though.)
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