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I'm really curious. Why do people (especially those in the United States and Canada) use scanlations for manga, manhwa, etc. instead of libraries?
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There are many series that are not licensed & released here. Thus, the only way to read them is by scanlations.

Or am I misreading your question?
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Posted 7/8/14
Libraries have manga?! I live in Estonia and things like this actually surprise me.
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Posted 7/8/14 , edited 7/8/14
our libary has some of the popular mangas

but........


as mentioned above some regions have things others don't

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some sites scan/translate even video games that aren't available in regions

which is better than illegally downloading it and then getting an English patch

which may not be the best made patch

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but i prefer to help the author and the series by buying it legitimately
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Posted 7/8/14
I read Fruits Basket and Rozen Maiden at the library, but I usually buy them.
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I used to get them from the library but mine only had a small collection of maybe 100 different series, only about 15 I wanted to read, so once I read them I found other places to get manga I wanted.
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Scanlation (also scanslation) is the scanning, translation and editing of comics from a language into another language. from wikipedia


My guess will be because localizing.
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I check Out Manga from My local Library all the time. At this very second, the entire Building is being renovated and increased in size. More orders of Manga on the way!
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Posted 7/8/14
I haven't been to a library since... middle school maybe.


I usually buy my manga, in print, from B&N though.


But as others pointed out, even that is a pitifully small selection of manga when you think of just how many thousands of titles are out there. Scanlations are what I use to read those series that never make it to the states. Also have to deal with the problems that more than probably half of those scanlations end up dropped and abandoned or are very poor quality.
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Posted 7/8/14 , edited 9/17/14
Implying all libraries have a huge selection of Manga.

Also lol at thinking they have any Manhwa at all
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Posted 7/8/14

shuuouma wrote:

There are many series that are not licensed & released here. Thus, the only way to read them is by scanlations.

Or am I misreading your question?


Some libraries have Japanese manga that are unlicensed. There's one near where I live and It has Ashita no Joe. I'm sure there are a lot like that if you look around. There are people that read things on those sites that are licensed too though when they could find them at a library or buy them. :/
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People usually want the latest chapters or are two impatient to wait their turn to borrow a copy.
Posted 7/8/14 , edited 7/8/14
Sometimes scanlations are a more accurate or more detailed translation without the westernization.

*cough* Initial D *cough*

Edit: Regardless of your reasons, support the industry. Purchase your favorite title, and show the publishers and the creators that you appreciate the work they do.
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People have covered the selection and licensing issues, so I will skip those. I read manga scans on my tablet because it is convenient. I get updated when new chapters come out and I can have a massive amount on it at any given time instead of lugging a book around. I'm also an all access subscriber to Crunchyroll so I feel like I am contributing in some very small way to the authors. That doesn't happen at all with a library.
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Posted 7/8/14
because not every library has manga? I live in a small town and there's almost no manga in our local library.

And, like others have said, there's a lot that are not licensed. The majority of what I read has no English publisher. And for the those that are, they are not up-to-date.

So... scanlations it is.
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