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Posted 10/15/14 , edited 10/16/14
As someone who really enjoys a good story, I have started collecting a little bit of manga from shows that I like so I can get more of the story (mainly Skip Beat! and Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun so far). However, I prefer to read the Japanese versions rather than the English, so obtaining the manga I have so far has been a bit pricey (what with shipping them from Japan). For a while now I have wanted to buy some online manga due to it being much cheaper than buying a physical copy, but was unable to do so because finding a Japanese site that sells to people outside of Japan is difficult.

That being said, I recently have found two sites that do allow you to read manga in Japanese legally even if you are from another country.

First off is Book Walker (http://bookwalker.jp/). This site has not only manga but also Japanese literature and light novels. It has apps for reading the books you buy on the iPhone/iPad and Android, as well as a PC viewer. The FAQ and the instructions for installing the PC viewer/downloading the phone/pad apps can be found in both Japanese and English, so don't worry if you're still new to Japanese (link to English FAQ: http://bookwalker.jp/info/faq_eng/). If you do not live in Japan you can pay for the books with Paypal or WebMoney. You can preview the first couple pages of a volume before buying by clicking the 立ち読み button (found either by hovering over the image of a volume or under the カート and Check! buttons). It's a lot cheaper to buy from this site than to ship the same manga volumes over from Japan.

Sounds to good to be true? Well there is a catch: you can't access all the books they have unless you live in Japan (probably due to copyright issues). That being said there are still a lot of great series you can access. I can access and buy titles such as Hunter x Hunter (black and white or full color, though from previewing both versions I would suggest the black and white version), One Piece (in full color, which unlike the HunterxHunter full color actually looks pretty decent), and Blue Spring Ride. Right now they even have the first 3 volumes of 暁のヨナ/Akatsuki no Yona available to download for free.

Second is GanGanOnline (http://www.ganganonline.com/). I've only tried reading one manga on the site so far (Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun) so I may be wrong, but it seems that you can only read the most recent chapter of the manga.

So do you know of any other sites where you can read manga in Japanese or English? I would love to hear about other sites where I can read manga legally.



***Apologies if this thread breaks forum rules. I read them and to the best of my knowledge I believe it follows the rules.
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For manga in Japanese I use the Jump Book Store app. It's available on iOS and Android. I also use Renta! since it's the only place that has Sakigake!! Otokojuku in English. It has manga in Japanese and in English. There's also http://bookstore.yahoo.co.jp/ However, I'm not too familiar with it as I only use it for the new chapters of Kinnikuman.

As for manga in English, I mainly use vizmanga.com, iBooks and Amazon.
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Viz obviously offers many ebooks of their titles for sale on their site, as well as the Shounen Jump subscription. I'm not sure what they have for free reading though.

Shogakukan I believe it is, runs the Comicwalker website, sister site to Bookwalker that has mostly the starting chapters and the latest chapter available to read for free. They don't offer any ebooks of titles for sale on the English version of the site however. The Japanese version does sell ebooks if you just want to help support the author.

Kodansha either runs or at least has a licensing agreement with DeNa Corp to run the Mangabox website. It has mostly web manga, but also a handful of published titles represented. Unfortunately its incredibly poorly designed. The mobile app is neigh useless IMHO, and neither the normal nor mobile variant offers any sort of master title list or search function at all. To make things worse, they chose www.mangabox.me as their URL, which is a scant 1 letter off from www.mangafox.me which of course is the biggest bootleg site on the internet. It basically legitimizes the bootleg site, and their site looks amateur by comparison. Again, no ebooks offered of titles, but they claim its coming in the future.

If you want to directly support authors without importing printed volumes, you CAN buy Japanese ebooks from sites such as http://www.ebookjapan.jp/ (Ebook Japan) and http://honto.jp/ (Honto) -- They're in Japanese only, but the titles are list price or cheaper (Honto gives me like 200-300yen off coupons constantly and the books are only ~400yen each to begin with. Then you get loyalty points on top of that) and ebook sales are counted in the metrics that keep your favorite authors serialized in their magazines. Overseas licenses don't do that at all.
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Posted 10/16/14 , edited 10/16/14
It's been a while since I looked at Honto, but I when I last checked you had to have a Japanese address in order to buy anything. Has this changed or is it still the case? (I know you could always lie about your address)
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Posted 10/16/14
Crunchyroll has a few simulcast manga titles that you can check out.
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Hey, is there anywhere I can buy manga in digital format online in Chinese? Actually, English would be superb but the English versions are usually less available and costs a lot more.

I see that Book Walker has all the bound volumes of Akatsuki no Yona, which is great, except that I really don't understand Japanese at all.

P.S. I'm sorry to be reviving such an old post but CrunchyRoll doesn't allow me to create a new post.
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Posted 8/12/15 , edited 8/12/15
If you want to read manga in japanese (100% legal) you can hit: http://www.mangaz.com/ . It has mostly non mainstream manga which didn´t sell a lot. The content is free but you can be premium to have very cool advantages.

But it may help you out.

The web was fromerly known as Zeppan Manga Toshokan, and formerly as J-comi. This web was created by Ken Akamatsu, the creator of Mahô Sensei Negima and Love Hina.
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Ah... No. As I mentioned in my previous post, I don't understand Japanese.

It's more of me wanting to support the author by buying their work than me wanting to read manga for free legally.

Also, I love to own things that I love, even if "owning" means digital media.
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Posted 8/13/15 , edited 8/14/15
Oh, sorry I couldn´t help you out.

I hope someone find all the info in this thread useful...

Oh yeah, I thought that there are some cool manga apps in japanese for Android or iOS, such as Comico. So maybe there´s a chance you can find something in chinese...
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Posted 8/13/15
mangatown!
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Posted 8/13/15 , edited 8/13/15

reaperx- wrote:

mangatown!



Legal sites not Illegal sites.


You can also buy manga digitally off Barnes and Noble.
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Posted 8/13/15 , edited 8/13/15
you can also read it from Amazon, though the collection seem fairly limited
might work well if you have a kindle though.
maybe amazon japan offers more (haven't checked)

edit: and you have to pay ofc. about $ 5~8 per volume on kindle edition, almost same price as paperback.

edit2: imo much more convenient if you have a tablet. you can download the publisher official app, read the first few trial pages, and if you like it, you can buy the volume with ease.
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Posted 8/14/15 , edited 8/14/15
I pick japanese paperback manga from Amazon.jp. Some of the series I´m following are actually very hard for me to read right now... But when I can... (Profit: happy end for me.)

I´m still one of those people not intarested in reading manga on a kindle, tablet, or whatever...
Posted 8/14/15
Legally? Are you a goody 2 shoes? just kidding (maybe) Hello..you are on CR.....yes Amazon (pffft) yeah.....ok. Well if you live in a Western nation...good luck! We get screwed all the time.
Posted 8/18/15
http://www.zoomcomics.com/

Official place to read Seven Seas's American manga online.
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