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Why don't people use Libraries instead of scanlations?
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Posted 9/16/14
try finding the newest manga chapter weekly on a library, the mangas that are in the library, at least in mine are mangas ive never heard about, i think they are just for people that want to learn japanese because they are raw, scanlations bring the newest chapters of the mangas i read
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Posted 9/16/14
and even if i want to read a finished manga (like Rave Master or Reborn!), i cant seem to find them
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Posted 9/17/14
Not all libraries have manga... and they aren't going to automatically buy all the manga coming out at that time. Plus, they would have to be licensed and translated and all that jazz...
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Posted 9/17/14 , edited 9/17/14
I will restrain myself and say that the OP is... ignorant of the incredibly broad scope of the manga industry. Libraries only get the most mainstream of titles, and even then you could probably read their entire collection in a week.

Heck, over half of all the manga I own doesn't even have an official English version. More like 80% if you also set aside manga that doesn't have a print edition. (IE: On CR, Mangabox only, etc.)

Being very generous, we see maybe 10% of all manga serials in English in any official form.
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Posted 9/18/14
I try to get manga from my library if I can, they have a LOT of series outside of the popular ones, but often they don't have what I want to read so I pretty much have to turn to scanlations. This is especially true when one of my all time favorite series is also pretty damn obscure, as far as I can tell.

The same goes for Crunchyroll and its equally limited selection of manga (which hurts because said favorite series is still ongoing).
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Posted 9/19/14
here in the moutains, (like, 20k population for a 2 hours drive in any direction) no one has heard of this thing called 'manga' and given the.....narrowminded family friendly selection of books at the libray, dont see thing changing.

i can imagine the out rage at monster girls, or rosario vampire....

the llibrary in yuma would take donations, but then sell them to buy books for the library....very strange.

scanlations are great. id say 10% of manga get to the us legaly. most of it is still in japanese and never leaves. scanlations take care of that problem.

tho i like hard copys. bought sailor moon and just got another on in the mail today from guandong provnice, china. (in japanese, go figere.)
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Posted 9/19/14
I have five library cards and don't mind driving if i know a certain library has something i want
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Posted 9/19/14 , edited 6/6/15
Because I am an evil selfish bastard with no moral values. Pirating manga is only a hobby though, professionally I rob banks.
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Posted 9/19/14

nemoskull wrote:

here in the moutains, (like, 20k population for a 2 hours drive in any direction) no one has heard of this thing called 'manga' and given the.....narrowminded family friendly selection of books at the libray, dont see thing changing.

i can imagine the out rage at monster girls, or rosario vampire....

the llibrary in yuma would take donations, but then sell them to buy books for the library....very strange.

scanlations are great. id say 10% of manga get to the us legaly. most of it is still in japanese and never leaves. scanlations take care of that problem.

tho i like hard copys. bought sailor moon and just got another on in the mail today from guandong provnice, china. (in japanese, go figere.)


Sounds like my library system. I read mostly Sci-Fi/Fantasy and they have nothing besides a spotty selection of classics and whatever "tween" series happens to be popular at the time. If I walked in there and asked where the manga was they'd probably direct me to the produce section of the local grocery store.
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Posted 9/21/14
The library in my old town had a total of 10 manga. Mostly random volumes of Naruto and Bleach. I haven't checked my new town but I'm going to guess it's not much different. It's a shame, because I would definitely use the library if they had more manga (or even if it was just one FULL series instead of random numbered books).

My library at university had a larger number of popular series and had them in full, but I went to an art school where animation and cartooning were majors, so that's probably why I got to take advantage of that though
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Posted 9/21/14
Last time I read manga at a library, a friend(who doesn't like anime) saw me and yeah
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Posted 9/22/14 , edited 9/22/14
I saw some manga in the library but they are all raw. ( Probably for the japanese courses student ) so i prefer scanlation
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Posted 9/22/14

Sephigi wrote:

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.


but that's what a book is for. You can tell a well loved book by how used it is. I invite my kids to read mine (the age appropriate ones at least lol) books are for reading in bed, or on the couch, in the car, or in the bathtub while you take a long soak. (btw dropping a book in the tub is a lot cheaper than dropping a tablet.. js) I have a couple of copies of a few of my absolute favorite books so there is less worry.

you can also get or even make covers for paperback books. a couple of pieces of hard board like the back piece of a spiral notebook, a piece of scrap fabric (vinyl works well too) or an old tshirt you were going to throw out. 2 pieces of elastic, and bam! now you have something to protect the book you're currently reading.

I guess I'm old fashioned in that sense.. but also.. physical copies don't accidentally get deleted, or purged, or lost due to a hard drive crash etc.. and if the electricity goes out for 2 or 3 days (yes that happens here at least once every other year sometimes more), you'll be very happy to have those physical books in your hand instead of tablets or phones with depleted batteries.
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Posted 9/22/14
Our library has next to nothing for manga; same with interlibrary loan, although I haven't checked in about a year. They have a few shounen jump from the time when Gintama started, a couple Gravitation, some graphic novels and some odd numbered volumes of series I've never heard of.
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Posted 9/22/14
I use libraries.
I'm fortunate enough to live in a moderate sized city with a big university population.
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