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Waiting for published version?
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Posted 8/4/15 , edited 8/4/15
So I have this weird dilemma, I want to read some mangas but I like having the official published versions. I would like to read them online where when they are released in Japan they are translated quickly. My only problem is if I read a series online way before it's official published version is released I'm not sure I would want to buy it any longer. Also can I trust that the online translations are legit? Would do you think: do you wait for the official published versions (longer wait) or do you read it online and don't bother with the published versions, or both.
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Posted 8/4/15
As a lazy person, I'd buy it then read.
But then rereading wouldn't be bad and collecting it for eternal rereading (if it's reaaaally good) wouldn't be bad as well.

Thing is, is it worth it?
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Posted 8/4/15
I wait for the published versions, unless there is a simulpub (i.e. on Crunchyroll or Weekly Shonen Jump) or some other legitimate way to read online.

If I feel like something might never get licensed, I may go to the dark side, but I will wait for months if a license has been announced, to support the author and because the lettering I've seen is always much better from the American publishers.
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I always wait for new volumes to be released in English so I can buy them at bookstores. There's something I like about actually being able to hold a physical copy in my hands.
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Great answers! I would rather the published versions so I might hold off on reading them online and wait for them to be published. The ones I want to read are already being published now so it is just a test of patience...
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Posted 8/5/15
I do both.

I both read online and buy physical copies to read. Reading online for the content is great. But reading the physical copy has another feeling that you just don't get by reading a digital version. Reading a physical book just feels a bit different.

I have read the SAO LNs up to Volume 15 online but I'm still going to buy all the published versions.
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Posted 8/5/15
I see, I you're dedicated to the series you would not wait to read it online then buy it physically as well lol.
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Posted 8/5/15 , edited 8/5/15
I often read the unofficial translations to test out manga. If I like them--and they are in print in English--I'm happy to buy them. But, frankly, manga are too expensive to experiment with, and many of the series I like aren't available in my local bookstores for me to thumb through beforehand.

Also, I generally prefer e-books to physical copies anyway. I don't disagree that their is value in having a paper copy, but honestly, I ran out of shelf space a decade ago, which means every new physical book I get means that something else has to get sent to a library or used book store.
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Generally, I'll illegally read the first ~10-20 chapters (depends on publish-type; ie monthly or weekly) and if I enjoy it enough i'll pick it up. If it doesn't hold my interest but i still want to continue, i'll just keep reading online. I try to reserve my bookshelf spaces for my "favourites among favourites" series.
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Posted 8/5/15 , edited 8/5/15
No, I am not going to wait months for the new volume of Prison School to be out officially. Yes I will legally have that shit DAY ONE. (Waits for volume 2.)
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Posted 8/6/15 , edited 8/6/15

erictbar wrote:

I wait for the published versions, unless there is a simulpub (i.e. on Crunchyroll or Weekly Shonen Jump) or some other legitimate way to read online.

If I feel like something might never get licensed, I may go to the dark side, but I will wait for months if a license has been announced, to support the author and because the lettering I've seen is always much better from the American publishers.


The only problem with that, some series when they get a English license, can take years literally to catch up. Look at Sekirei. Freezing, some others.

freezing for example (.ok, not everyone's favourite, and yet a huge lengthy series) will take 5-7 years to catch up to at the suggested rate they have planned.

One omnibus of two volumes every quarter. With Freezing coming up in 28 volumes, that's 8 volumes a year, four years for 24 volumes. So five years. That just gets us to where we are now.

I REFUSE TO TO WAIT THAT LONG!!

I'd love to wait for English translations too. It's less worse with light novels like "Is it ok to pick up girls in a dungeon" where it's only 4 books behind and maybe 2 years lagged. It's still annoying to have to wait so long for a translation so far behind. I get it's set to show sales later but geez...

Not to mention it's no guarantee to get digital epubs available, which to some of us are nightly preferred to the printed version.


mnmike wrote:

I often read the unofficial translations to test out manga. If I like them--and they are in print in English--I'm happy to buy them. But, frankly, manga are too expensive to experiment with, and many of the series I like aren't available in my local bookstores for me to thumb through beforehand.

Also, I generally prefer e-books to physical copies anyway. I don't disagree that their is value in having a paper copy, but honestly, I ran out of shelf space a decade ago, which means every new physical book I get means that something else has to get sent to a library or used book store.



My opinion is every printed book should come with a ePub/digital download option coupon. This way a true collector could have the print, keep it "sealed" and download the digital for reading. Like what some movies do now with a digital copy for loading onto iPads etc.
Posted 8/7/15
Translations are close to legit but they aren't legal.
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Posted 8/8/15
Series that I knew that weren't licensed would usually be the ones that I would read online. Thought there were times where i would read a particular series only to find out later on that they were licensed. But I never felt guilty about, considering that the stuff I usually read online are the ones that I have an actual interest in buying (Just the physical copies). I do believe that it's okay to read some of the series that haven't been licensed by English publishers, for it may prompt individuals to acquire the Japanese volumes. This is at least the case for me.

Although the first thing I should do is learn how to read Japanese.
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Posted 8/9/15
I generally would just buy the series from a reliable source, as actually owing the volume feels better than reading it online.
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Posted 8/10/15
I read them online and still buy them anyways.

One because of support and two because if I'm a heavy fan of the series I'm still going to re read the story many time lol.
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