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Why don't people use Libraries instead of scanlations?
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the library up the street has had the same mangas for the past 10 years . library is not a good source for manga. maybe at a really big branch library
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My local library has a pretty decent collection of manga & sometimes I'll read one in the library. The problem is if you want to read a series the different volumes are usually scattered all over the city's libraries. Sure, you can get them redirected to your local but it's a pain. I prefer to buy my manga, that way I get a new copy to own for myself.
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I exclusively read manga from the library but the problem is that libraries have very select manga and not every manga series you want to read is licensed and/or at the library.

The only reason why I don't tend to read scanlations is because I'd rather have professionals translate things. To me it gives it more legitimacy even though some manga translated by companies can be bad too.
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If it's at the library, I read it at the library. I don't read it online unless I'm going to purchase the English version (for instance I keep up with Pandora Hearts scanslations and preorder the books) or it is out-of-print and impossible to find (last volume of penguin revolution comes to mind).
I sort of prefer the scanslations because I'm actually supporting the creators by purchasing the volumes afterwords. The library makes me feel a little guilty, haha…
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In Australia, in the city I live in anyway, some libraries actually have quite a large range of manga. Certain stores have a huge range of manga for sale too (thank you, Shin Tokyo). However, online is fast, free and the range is far more extensive.
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The manga collection of my local library consists of two shelves of Naruto and Bleach. Making it only marginally better then the rest of its selection....
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In most cases, it's because something isn't licensed here or they're just impatient. Usually the latter. And it's silly (well.. if manga is available, anyway.). It's seriously free manga, and legal.
At the least, most libraries usually have most of the popular series, and if they don't, they can get it from another one that does. Or if that's not an option, many libraries will accept library cards from people who live in the area, but don't live in that town. Unpopular manga is also an option, but is harder to come across. I do understand that some of you who read scanslations don't have manga at the local library, but have you tried other towns near you, like I suggested? I live in a pretty small town, and there are at least two other libraries nearby that carry better manga than mine that I can take my card to and check out books. Try that sometime, and you may be surprised at what you find.

I personally buy what I really like, and check out what I can of the rest. I only read scanslations when it's something that isn't licensed and won't be (and even in that case, I've sometimes bought the Japanese versions because I liked the art or series so much ^^;;;), or if it's a series that was dropped and I want to know the ending. I only will skim newer chapters if it's a series I KNOW I'll buy later.
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Posted 7/9/14 , edited 9/17/14

MeikoAkizukiMB wrote:

I exclusively read manga from the library but the problem is that libraries have very select manga and not every manga series you want to read is licensed and/or at the library.

The only reason why I don't tend to read scanlations is because I'd rather have professionals translate things than some random people on the internet with a Japanese-English dictionary.


That's a rather harsh statement. While there are indeed bad groups out there with poor translations, there are many groups that do a quality/accurate job with the script as well.

PS: A good chunk of the "professionals" hired for manga licenses were former scanlators FYI
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kronosking wrote:

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.


I've only used interlibrary loans through university libraries. That option is not available in our public library except for other libraries in the same county.
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Where I live the demand for manga is somewhat low, so there's maybe ten series on the shelves. They are most popular series, but not necessarily the best ones, nor the ones I'm looking for. It's much easier to just read scanlations since it opens the options of discovering manga that are never going to make it to the US.

I would buy them if they were here, but almost nothing I'm interested in makes it across the borders.
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rockadilla wrote:

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.






100 series!? Guess youre pretty lucky then.
Mine has like 10 from which i like 2 which i have at home.
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MeikoAkizukiMB wrote:

I exclusively read manga from the library but the problem is that libraries have very select manga and not every manga series you want to read is licensed and/or at the library.

The only reason why I don't tend to read scanlations is because I'd rather have professionals translate things than some random people on the internet with a Japanese-English dictionary.


It depends on the company and the translating group. Some companies do a very good job, others make bizarre translation choices (e.g., using munchkin instead of zashiki warashi in Blue Exorcist. It pisses me off because no effort was put into finding an appropriate equivalent in Western mythologies and completely fails to convey intended meaning). Some online groups are good, others suck. Online groups are much more likely to keep the honorifics and any Japanese cultural stuff, both of which add to the story for me. So I like to read the online stuff for that, then buy the volumes when they come out in English.

I have never gotten manga from a library. I used the school libraries all the time in middle/high school, and I don't recall ever seeing manga there. I hardly even go to the library for school/research anymore (google scholar is my friend), let alone for reading in my free time. I mostly just buy the kindle version of the manga I read, with the exception of ones I've already started buying hard copies of. For long series like Bleach, I was specifically waiting for the kindle version because I don't want to find somewhere to put that many hard copies.
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Posted 7/9/14
Oh lawd
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Posted 7/9/14
cause my computer is closer
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Because no library in it's right mind would stock Monster Musume. Seriously, that's just asking for trouble.

But, I do buy the books of that when they come out anyway. I find it neat to see the differences of translations between the scanlators and the "official" versions. Like, the official one has WAY more puns in it.
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