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Posted 8/25/15
Is there a possibility that Crunchyroll may consider adding Light Novels to the site?
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Posted 8/25/15
They might in the future, but looking at the manga section; I don't think so
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Posted 8/25/15
I wouldn't be interested in reading Light Novels on my PC. That would hurt my eyes.
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Posted 8/25/15
I'm hoping they will. Since light novels are a great medium for anyone who likes anime. The same way manga is.
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Posted 8/25/15 , edited 8/25/15
The only reason that selling the rights to view manga like in a subscription format like this even remotely makes sense in a business perspective is because the medium is such that scanlations are easily made, accessible, and likely hurt the industries bottom line. So rather than beg and cajole customers to buy physical copies, it makes sense to just license the material out to someone like Crunchyroll.

Light Novels are a different beast in that scanlations do not run rampant, and likely do not hurt the bottom line to a great extent. The only issues that come up are fan translations and rips. But that's a rather niche issue compared to the issues with manga. People like to read books in the form of books, so it's just not likely that any publisher would care enough to even feel that making a licensing deal like this would be helpful for the industry in the long run.

How could CR even do this in a way that protects the IP? Even if they put copy protection on the text somehow, you can easily screen cap each page and create a PDF or something. It would be kind of a logistical nightmare to keep it all in check. And even after all that the fact remains that it's not comfortable or convenient to read books on a PC.
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Posted 8/25/15
Balzack you have a point but the digital age is here. More and more people turn to a digital device for information or entertainment. I like to hold a book in my hands too but sometimes I also like the convenience of my iPad. I say the benefits outweighs the risk.
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I agree with Linman that there is surely demand among CR's user base for digital light novels, especially if CR could introduce them to other countries at a significantly faster rate than they show up on Amazon (assuming that they get a North American release at all).

Balzack is right, however, that the current subscription model doesn't work very well with books.

CR would have to address a number of concerns. Would these books be "rented" (you can "rent" Kindle books, for instance, where the book deletes itself off your devices at the end of the rental period)? Would CR grant "access" to view them online to current subscribers, but not allow them to be downloaded? Or would CR simply get into the business of selling e-books?

If the answer is anything but "sell", then likely CR would first have to convince Japanese book publishers to alter standard licensing agreements and to be willing to try something new. And that can be a tricky part: Japanese license holders are often not known for being experimental about these things. (Not that American book publishers are much better...)
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