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Why don't people use Libraries instead of scanlations?
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19 / F / United Kingdom
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Posted 7/10/14 , edited 7/10/14
The library in my town has a very limited selection of about 8 manga volumes (cowboy bebop, Loveless, Naruto and a few others) But the thing is they are all random volumes (e.g. there is volume 3 of Naruto, and that's it ). Manga isn't popular in my town... But I'd love it if the library had more of a selection.
The internet is my only way of accessing a variety of decent manga.
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20 / M / Kansas City
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Posted 7/10/14
Hard to find anything outside of your standard Shonen fare. That, and nearly every book will be heavily worn and torn.
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25 / M / Inside Lorreen's...
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I decided to go to my library to look around, I found their manga and all I have to say is: Damn... I thought people bashed Barnes and Noble's selection... my library has a pathetic amount, literally one shelf. I don't remember all that was there but it was clear that it wasn't used properly, because they had random volumes, no full series, etc etc etc.

I'm almost tempted to head downtown to the big library there... but I would spend more on gas getting to and from there (and parking if its one of those annoying pay to park areas) than I would if I just bought like 4 volumes of manga from B&N.
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27 / M / Australia
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I've never seen manga in a library.
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My high school library has two Pokemon volumes and one FMA volume.

Public library has probably never had a single manga volume sit upon its outdated shelves.
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I think I got lucky... Sorta. My library has tons of manga and allows patrons to request items for purchase if they don't have them (I've seriously increased their manga collection that way). However, people like to steal manga, which means the manga I request ends up going missing eventually. But, more often than not it's random volumes, which is annoying. So, as a last resort I'll use scanlations because I see no point in buying random manga volumes and the library won't always order them again.

And then there is the mysterious case of the pervert cutting cutting sexy images out of Naruto volumes... Those end up being pulled from the catalog when I return them as damaged.
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Posted 7/10/14
People have already pointed out the main reasons quite a bit, but... localization and selection availability.

There's a lot of series that don't make it over from Japan, Korea, etc. (even sometimes if an adaptation of some sort made it over and is popular) and most libraries don't have large manga/manhwa selections anyway; sometimes they don't even have a full series.
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16 / F / Connecticut
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I read stuff online because I am admittedly impatient. I only follow the Naruto manga though, since I'm already this far in, no point in giving up. I also read Fruits Basket online because the manga is out of print so I can't find all the volumes at the library.
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29 / M / Hickory, Kentucky
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I know most libraries have book lending programs and you can order upto 5 books to be sent to you at a time thru it here. Although that a long wait then you have to return when your done and start over again. Also many manga I want to read are not in the states yet. I support my obsessions though I buy when I can. Current goal is to fill up a huge wall shelf full of manga xD
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I was at the library today and I forgot to check how much manga it had. I remember my high school library had a ton of manga. One of the reasons was that my friend had had donated over 100 volumes of manga. She was making room for more.
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27 / M / United States
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Only big libraries are likely to have manga. Scanlations are more convienent and less time waiting. Libraries often get stuff from donations. My library has a nice DVD collection with a decent amount of anime. I am not to sure about manga though. I do remember seeing it there though. I understand people using scanlations if it is not licensed or soon to be licensed but if it is they should use a legit source like CR.


Vladislav_Paizis wrote:

Libraries have manga?! I live in Estonia and things like this actually surprise me.


The states have a lot of large libraries. Some were donated by big tycoons such as Carnegie and others. Also just about every town has one and they have an interlibrary loan system so if something is not in your library, your library can request it from another. Not many people know or use that feature. For those in the states ask your librarian, especially your school librarian (schools are more likely to be a part of that).

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My library has like pokemon and thats about it, even if It did have more, Id have to wait for it to come out, be shipped to the library, processed and then I have to go and pick it up

but then I just just boot up my PC and read it instantly, even though id rather read it in a legit book form its still better than all that stuff I gotta go thru
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F / lala land!
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Posted 9/16/14
that moment when you type out a book of a reply then erase it because it made you seem like a total prat. lol

so.. we live in an instant gratification society. until that changes there will always be stuff like illegaly created scanlations.
Doesn't make it right. Doesn't mean I approve. ..but there ya go.

my kids and I tend to read a lot of manga from libraries, and read on legal sites like CR or Inkblazers. We also buy some from book stores. My sci-fi and fantasy books are slowly getting outnumbered by my manga lol!
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18 / F / somewhere on mars
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I do buy print manga and go to the library sometimes. But the problem with the library is, that, whenever I find a good series, they will almost NEVER have the rest of the volumes. Not to mention a lot of my favourite manga aren't even released in English...
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27 / M / Near a peach tree.
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Posted 9/16/14
Because physical manga and comics are soft-covered or delicate and can hardly last in the same luggage you use to go to work or school everyday. Imo, physical manga belongs in the bookshelves, like I did with all my books, so it's easier and more convenient to read scanlations, while keeping your manga or whatever book collection you got safe from wearing, tearing, humidity, chocolate stains, paint, pages/covers getting missing or folding. If you got kids playing in your house, then it's better to lock them up.
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