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E-Reader, Physical, Legal Manga Sites, or Scanlations?
Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
There's probably already a thread about this, but i couldn't find one so here I am. Moderators, do as you please.

Do you prefer to read manga on your Kindle (or a similar e-reader), as a physical book, read it on legal websites like here with Crunchyroll manga or do you use fan-made scanlations on other sites?

I don't like owning stuff so I like reading my manga on sites like Crunchyroll and scanlation sites when the volumes/chapters haven't been officially translated to English by a publisher.

Let me know, I'm curious to hear opinions!
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Posted 7/22/14
since CR doesn't have a large manga selection for online viewing (at-least in my region) so i tend to become a pirate. Its extremely hard to get anime stuff in the Caribbean, if it wasn't for crunchyroll, there would be NO legal way at all.
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Posted 7/22/14
In order of preference:

Physical Books > Digital Books > Legal Websites > Scanlation apps > Scanlation websites.

I separate the Scanlations because reading on an app (phone/tablet/etc) is better than reading from the website in my opinion, though some titles sometimes are missing.

I prefer not to use scanlations, but for many series there is just no other way so I will use them.
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Posted 7/22/14
The app I use on my tablet is pretty slick and I burn through manga pretty fast, so a Scanlation app is my default choice. I do use the CR manga app and I have an all access membership, but the vast majority of what I read are scanlations. I plan on buying untranslated physical manga in the future, when my Japanese skills have improved enough to make that worthwhile, but a translated physical copy cost 3 times what they cost in Japan and twice what imported books cost. I personally can't justify paying that much for a book that I will read in a very short period of time.
Posted 7/22/14
I prefer physical copies for items licensed in the US but for items not yet in physical form, I will use the CR app.

For items that are not licensed in the US, I will turn to scanlations, but only until a license is given.


ps. no scanlation urls up in here.
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Posted 7/22/14
CR manga is awesome. Using the app on my tablet is generally enough to get my manga fix. I occasionally use the Manga Box app, though there really isn't as much there I care for. Also, they remove content after a few months. I use the Kindle app when necessary, though buying volumes individually is expensive. Tried the Google Play Books app, but it seems to always want to display two pages at a time, even in portrait mode, which I find unusably obnoxious. The Nook app seems to have lower quality picture to me. The Kindle store is somewhat poorly organized, so it's not perfect, but it's the best option I've found. I think Viz has an app that lets you read the first chapters of all their manga for free, but I would never purchase a manga in an ecosystem exclusive to a single publisher.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14
I always go with physical copies. I just really don't like reading manga (or books, for the matter) on computers, tablets, or kindles. It feels weird to me and I can't focus on what I'm reading. I suppose if something ever comes out that I really, really want to read that is digital only I'll have to suck it up, but for now I'll just take my physical copies! Plus, whenever possible, I make sure I'm watching or reading something in a legal form. If there is a legal version of something, I make sure I support that version.
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Posted 7/22/14 , edited 7/22/14

OtakuKoala wrote:

There's probably already a thread about this, but i couldn't find one so here I am. Moderators, do as you please.

Do you prefer to read manga on your Kindle (or a similar e-reader), as a physical book, read it on legal websites like here with Crunchyroll manga or do you use fan-made scanlations on other sites?

I don't like owning stuff so I like reading my manga on sites like Crunchyroll and scanlation sites when the volumes/chapters haven't been officially translated to English by a publisher.

Let me know, I'm curious to hear opinions!


Surprisingly there was no topic that covered this so broadly (just one that asked if people used e-readers, and it was pretty old.

My very strong preference is on an eReader or eReader app for tablet, so mostly I use my iPad mini or Kindle Fire, using the Viz app for WSJ, CR's Manga App, MangaBox, and the Kindle app for stuff I've purchased on Amazon. There are a handful of things I've bought from Dark Horse and read on that app.

I don't like owning physical books so I've only bought one set of volumes that I really, really wanted that wasn't available digitally (Revolutionary Girl Utena).

I rarely read on websites--in my experience the navigation and legibility is always pretty horrible. The only time I did so regularly was on JManga (which had promised an iOS app that never happened.)

Lastly, once long ago I sought out scanlations of the last few chapters of Hikaru no Go, because there didn't seem to be a legal digital version at the time, and I'd just watched the anime, which ended in a most unfulfilling place and I was desperate for what little more there was. These days I don't read fan scanlations at all.

(PS I edited your post slightly to remove named illegal sites. Naming those sites is against the first of CR's site rules)
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Posted 7/23/14
All digital, all the time.
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Posted 7/23/14
I've answered this question before, it seems, but definitely digital. I don't want any physical books of any sort anymore. As for scanlations, I used to be agreeable or at least ambivalent about reading them, but I've completely gone off them as of late, and I won't read (or watch, for that matter) anything anymore unless I can legally stream or buy it. The downside of this is that there are tons of series I'd love to read that are not yet legally available in English, but those are the breaks. One can wait and hope.
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Posted 7/23/14
I prefer to read from my iPad, occasionally on my Mac.

I'll mostly read from CR Manga. As a new manga reader it's mostly enough to get my fix, however I also buy from iBooks or VIZ Manga for titles I really want like Attack on Titan, until I caught up to the CR simulpub, as well as Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, and Nisekoi.
Posted 7/23/14

lorreen wrote:


OtakuKoala wrote:

There's probably already a thread about this, but i couldn't find one so here I am. Moderators, do as you please.

Do you prefer to read manga on your Kindle (or a similar e-reader), as a physical book, read it on legal websites like here with Crunchyroll manga or do you use fan-made scanlations on other sites?

I don't like owning stuff so I like reading my manga on sites like Crunchyroll and scanlation sites when the volumes/chapters haven't been officially translated to English by a publisher.

Let me know, I'm curious to hear opinions!


(PS I edited your post slightly to remove named illegal sites. Naming those sites is against the first of CR's site rules)


Good to know, sorry about that.
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Posted 7/23/14
Nowadays I mostly read off of CrunchyManga. I have physical copies, but I don't buy them too often. I also have several comics from comiXology, but as of recent it's been a bit rare that I buy from that site due to choosing physical online orders over digital (plus, Viz comics aren't digitally available to me sadly). I only really resort to scanlations when I want to preview the first chapter of unlicensed manga, but this would be awfully rare.
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Posted 7/23/14
If I can and it's possible, getting the physical book. However, most manga I read aren't licensed where I live.
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Posted 7/23/14
While I love the feeling of holding a physical copy of a manga in my hands, digital copies are so much more convenient as far as storage and accessibility go. I can store hundreds of manga on my iPad and take them all anywhere; I can purchase and download more volumes in mere seconds from almost anywhere as well. So, I'd say I'm a digital convert.

I will typically purchase digital copies of series that are readily published and available here in the US via iTunes or the VIZ app. I use scanlations when reading the most recent chapters as well as with manga that have not been serialized outside of Japan. Further regarding the more recent chapters, I'm also a WSJ subscriber and will re-read the chapters the Monday they are officially released as a refresher.
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