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Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App
December 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

reading manga on tabletsAs I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. A sale finally got me to purchase some manga and try them out. I started with reading them on my Nexus 7. Page turning was smooth, although I wish I could turn with a tap instead of a slide. The image quality is excellent,...

Viz Manga Comes to a Kindle Near You
October 6, 2013 | 2:31 pm

I saw the story in Publisher’s Weekly, which was little more than the text of a press release. My first thought was “Cool! Manga on the Fire and Paperwhite.” Then I dug a little deeper and discovered the story wasn’t quite as impressive as it first seemed. Turns out that Viz manga were available on the Kindle Fire, using the Viz Media app, which is available in the Amazon app store. So it’s not quite as new and cool as it first sounded. But if you’re a manga fan, it’s still worth paying attention. Why? Because the Kindle versions are readable...

Digital manga site JManga to shut down, take all customers’ purchases with it
March 19, 2013 | 9:15 pm

JMangaDRM opponents should be sending love letters to the Japanese Digital Comics Association. As of March 26th, its “streaming manga” website JManga (which I covered here before) will stop selling new manga—and as of the end of May, manga already purchased will become unavailable to view. And there is no way to download and back up manga files that have been purchased from this site—they can only be read online. At the end of May, loyal customers can kiss goodbye all the money they have ever spent at the site. Unused purchase points will be refunded as Amazon gift cards, but...

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute
November 19, 2012 | 9:45 pm

dnp1CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three minutes tops. This is the result of the scanning development technology we covered in March of last year, created by University of Tokyo professors in the hope that it could be used for easy scanning and sharing of manga titles. (The manga studios were not amused.)...

Quick Links: Amazon in the news
November 8, 2012 | 10:15 pm

It’s an Amazon roundup! Here are some Amazon stories from the last few days that might not deserve full pieces by themselves, but are nonetheless interesting tidbits. Wired reports Amazon has released a firmware update for the Paperwhite that will allow readers to enlarge panes in manga novels—undoubtedly aimed mainly at the Japanese market, but potentially useful over here, too, for translated manga. And perhaps also for those single-issue DC comics, if DC decides to allow reading them on black and white devices after all. It also fixes some issues with novels that only filled half the screen, and improves handling...

Manga scanlations hold up digital manga licensing
March 30, 2012 | 3:56 am

Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into gear around 2007. (I covered this in detail a couple of years ago.) [Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director at Yen Press (Hachette’s manga imprint)] argues that rather than “pushing” manga publishing into the digital age, the genre’s robust digital piracy-base has retarded its progress. As if the challenges of image-rich content weren’t...

Amazon suspends manga publisher account over yaoi manga
March 16, 2012 | 12:23 am

Amazon has pulled the plug on the account of an erotica publisher, Digital Manga Publishing. DMP is an importer and translator of Japanese manga (whose launch on Kobo we covered last year), and apparently one of its yaoi (homosexual male romance genre) titles ran afoul of Amazon’s prohibition on “Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.” DMP writes on its news blog: There is no definition of “pornography” versus “erotica” officially available from amazon. In the past, we considered our titles the latter, and strive to comply with Amazon’s guidelines. However, with such vague...

JManga portal offers digital manga subscriptions
August 21, 2011 | 11:29 pm

jmangalogoGalleycat reports that a group of 39 Japanese manga publishers has launched a portal site called JManga, offering digital English translations of manga readable in a Flash-based on-line reader. The manga is for sale via point-based subscription, but also offers free one-issue previews. It has a number of popular titles now, such as Naruto and One Piece, and plans to have 10,000 titles available by 2013. It used to be that Japanese content producers didn’t care what happened to their work outside of Japan. (Case in point: in the early 1980s, Japanese studio Tatsunoko licensed the external-to-Japan rights...

Kindle 3 and Manga – handles them will with Mangle
August 30, 2010 | 9:29 am

mangacover.jpgiReader Review has an article on the Kindle 3 and Manga. They have lots of screen shots and also go into great detail about how to get Mangle up and running on the K3. The Kindle 3 handles images really well – But can Kindle 3 handle Manga? K and 4rc wanted to find out about Kindle 3′s Manga capabilities and also how well Mangle, the Manga Program for Kindle, works with Kindle 3. Well, this post has some photos to show you that Kindle 3 does fine – The Kindle 3 Manga photos are after the jump (second part of...

The Manga and iPad Romance
August 17, 2010 | 9:50 am

Iwasaki.jpgFrom the Wall Street Journal The light weight iPad reader has added fuel to Japan's budding e-book industry even though Apple's digital bookstore iBookstore is not yet open for business in Japan. Still, the healthy stable of iPad and iPhone applications on offer via the Japanese iTunes store allows users to pick through a well-stocked library of choice reads . . . Sandwiched between two comics at number 38 in the rankings for the most downloaded book for the iPhone at Apple's App Store in Japan is Japan's surprise runaway bestseller this year, "What If the Female Manager of a High...

Japanese companies launch electronic manga award
June 11, 2010 | 9:18 am

images-1.jpeg Anime News Network is reporting this award for manga available on mobile phones which will be the result of a poll running from June 11 to July 12. Here are the 20 nominations. Those marked with an * are available in the US in English: *Aa Megami-sama (Oh My Goddess!) by Kousuke Fujishima Ao no Fuuin by Chie Shinohara Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu by Kotomi Aoki *Fushigi Yûgi by Yuu Watase Godhand Teru by Kazuki Yamamoto *Gokuraku Seishun Hockey Bu (My Heavenly Hockey Club) by Ai Morinaga *GS Mikami Gokuraku Daisakusen!! (Ghost Sweeper Mikami) by Takashi Shiina *Itazura na Kiss by Kaoru Tada Hotaru no Hikari by Satoru Hiura Kami no Shizuku by Tadashi Agi *Kare...

Manga publishers see piracy in ‘scanlation’ websites
June 9, 2010 | 11:15 am

conancover Publishers Weekly has a piece on Japanese and American manga publishers banding together to oppose “scanlations”—the manga equivalent of animé fansubs, where fans translate and repost manga for the benefit of non-Japanese readers. What they are objecting to is not so much the process itself (which they say has been going on since the ‘70s—have scanners even been around that long?) but a number of “scanlation aggregator” sites that gather together scanlations from all over. They are threatening legal action against 30 scanlation-aggregation sites. According to a spokesperson, these sites are among the most...

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