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Why don't people use Libraries instead of scanlations?
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Out of curiosity do people know what inter-library loan is? At least in the United States and Canada (I don't know about other parts of the world) if your local library doesn't have a book they can request it from another library. In Saskatchewan at least, you can go online yourself and type in a book's name and if it's anywhere in the province you can request it and have it shipped to your local library for free. If the book isn't in the province and they can't find it outside the province they'll actually order the book for you if they can find it at a reasonable price.
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Yes I haven't been in a public library since I was like 10. Maybe even earlier. Internet has EVERYTHING now days
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I went to a library to check out manga about 3 years ago. And I have to say, their collection sucks with limited amount of volumes.
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Been there a few years back, nothing much new. Tried the whole request thing from another library that is within my library's system, they didn't have a lot of stuff.
Not to mention what has already been said, a lot of the obscure stuff aren't localized to be available in regular book stores for libraries to get in the first place.
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What is this library of which you speak?
Posted 7/8/14
Local library has five series.

And they're very outdated.
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I live in a small town and the library has a lot anime (most if it old) but no manga. Also scanlators more often than not offer stuff that's not licensed here in the States (or anywere outside of Japan). If all manga were available in english I think libraries would have more of it.

That wouldnt get rid of scanlators, but more people would be able to get their favourite series legally.
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I'm lucky to live in an area that the library system has a lot of manga but some areas don't. I think the amount of manga in a certain area has a lot to do with population and if there are manga readers themselves working in the library system. I'm in the middle of reading Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. I just got the latest volume that was released.
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Posted 7/8/14

Fmarocks013 wrote:


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. :/


Ah, I see. I was unaware of that. The town I live in is fairly small, and our library even smaller, so the only ""graphic novel"" section it has is a couple of spiderman/batman comics here and there.

I simply take the longer drive up to Barnes and Noble for their selection, and read it in their store, then buy it if I enjoy it.

Though, for series that haven't been licensed here, I do read online.
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kronosking wrote:

I'm really curious. Why do people (especially those in the United States and Canada) use scanlations for manga, manhwa, etc. instead of libraries?


Have you been to a bookstore like Barnes & Nobels?
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28 / M / Vvardenfell
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The variety at a library isn't going to be as great as what you will find on a scanlation site. Also, I think people use scanlation sites when things like money are an issue. When I can afford it I will buy a volume, but until then I need a way to sate my manga addiction!
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Anything found in a library is going to be incredibly common/mainstream titles. It will barely touch the tip of the iceberg of available titles out there. Only about 25% of my manga collection is even available in English officially, and pretty much all of it I bought after reading it as scanlations first. And of those 25%, most weren't licensed when I actually started collecting the series.

Even Barnes and Noble only represents a small fraction of manga titles.
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Posted 7/8/14
1. Libraries lack almost everything I want to read.
2. Libraries require having me go out of my house.
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I live in the Philadelphia suburbs...none of the libraries near me have manga. The city libraries are FULL of the stuff, but that's too much of a drive/train ride to be of any use to me.
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Posted 7/8/14 , edited 9/9/14
I buy the raw manga monthlies with the series I read and then read the manga scanlated on my tablet. Seems kinda redundant but I like supporting the actual publications and they often include cool stuff.

Plus, as mentioned, tons of stuff doesn't get officially published, especially if it's brand new and hasn't even been put into tankobon in Japan. Scanlations are also a great way to discover series you otherwise would have overlooked.

If stuff is available on CR manga I read it there, but the app is kinda clunky (why doesn't it remember the last chapter you read?) and there are a lot of missing chapters.
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