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thoughts from a pirate...
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Posted 5/9/14 , edited 5/9/14
in my earlier years, i was quite the pirate. i still remember when napster was running on the Guntella network. hell, i had software for open file sharing network before napster was big.

and then theres now.
today i bought my first manga. two, actually. along with an anime DVD.
it has weight. feel. and the smell. Oh, god. the smell. nothing like the smell of a new book.
and now i feel unusualy good for having actually bought a manga in frigen paper!
its been years since i sold my 104 (no kidding) starwars book collection.
but now i remember why it started.

its the smell. if there is such a thing.

anyways, some how, in all the free manga sites, i forgot the one important thing about books.
its the experiance of it, the feel and how you can take it in the sun and still see it!

anyways, id just thought id share my little profound moment
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Posted 5/9/14
Yea I know what you mean. I bought manga a lot when I was a kid and in my early teens, but now I read a lot of things digitally. Recently I picked up a volume MAR and the smell and weight brought back such a good feeling. I just got a job so I'll have my own disposable to income to spend on whatever bull crap and I'm definitely gonna buy more manga more often.
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Posted 5/9/14
Reading the title I thought this was going to be about One Piece... I've been watching too much of it I suppose ^^;

That aside! I know how you feel; for some reason it just feels great to hold a true, official copy of something in your hand. I don't like spending money but I end up spending a lot because I love supporting the industries: anime, manga, music, novels, etc.. Not really sure why, either x3
Well, a plus is the quality is typically the best you can get when you're buying the real thing!

Thanks for sharing! I remember the time I stopped pirating, as well. It felt great
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Posted 5/9/14
yeah it's nice not having to pay for stuff, especially if you don't have the means to buy it, but having actual ownership of a manga/dvd is something else entirely ^^
Posted 5/10/14
i say there is no difference
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Posted 5/10/14
Yep. That's why I still buy and read physical books.
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Without a doubt reading on paper is a million times better than on a screen. Being able to hold the book in your hand, the weight and smell, flipping each page. Sadly the issue is the lack of money, and the fact that if i want manga im gonna have to ship it.

I sure hope in the future that 3d printing will get involved in books as well. Buying the book cheap online and just printing it out in 15 minutes.
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I agree with this feeling 100%! It's why I still love getting the physical copies Even with music (which is really my first love, then manga/anime). I used to be a big Napster user, but then I got older and really into music and I wanted to actually collect the CDs, and have them, their booklets, everything in my hands. Plus the excitement of getting them/waiting for them to arrive ... so much nicer <3
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I buy 90% of my Manga in print. I just bought my 100th volume today actually. When you at least spread out the 2 in 1's and 3 in 1's as 2 or 3 volumes rather than just 1 volume.

The other 10% can probably be split into 2 5% groups, one 5% group being digital purchases (this includes Manga from CR here by being a full member) and the other 5% is just a few of those Manga series I wanted to read but was not found by any other means other than the dark side of the web.


I love the smell of the Manga, I love the weight of the books in my hand, and I absolutely love watching my collection grow on my bookcase, rather than see another mark or tag or whatever on my Surface Pro.

Money wise like others are saying... well sure if I had more money I could easily get more volumes... but 2-3 volumes a paycheck is good for me, equals out to about 4-6 volumes a month mattering the purchases.
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Posted 5/10/14 , edited 5/10/14
I know right, the works of art that you love are right here in physical form, in your hands. The smell is indeed refreshing too. Plus they can make a bookshelf look kickass! I want to fill out a bookshelf one day, I'm not even close yet though Only got like 18 volumes of assorted manga. I only started buying them last year.
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Posted 5/10/14
I know how you feel. I just brought Spice & Wolf and Sekirei Blu-ray/DVD collection. If I like the anime well enough I will buy the light novels from Amazon. It's the feel of ownership that no one can take from you. Digital medium rules feel like you don't actually own what you bought.
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Posted 5/10/14 , edited 5/10/14
Hopefully your statute of limitations has expired or you just convicted yourself.
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Posted 5/11/14
It'll be a more profound moment for you OP if you purchase my wishlist and give it to me.
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Posted 5/11/14
The problem of going legit is that you get stuck with what is considered "mainstream" by your country's licensing companies. Unfortunately, my tastes aren't quite the same as most out here stateside, since I spent my early childhood in Japan and don't have otaku tastes. I'd give up access to all the terrible light novel adaptions to watch Atashinchi legitimately.
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Kikusui10 wrote:
I sure hope in the future that 3d printing will get involved in books as well. Buying the book cheap online and just printing it out in 15 minutes.


I am a bit confused by this. Why would you need a 3d printer, what's wrong with a normal one? Typically 3d printers use PLA or ABS, either way it would be a plastic book...
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