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Morning Roundup: Manga buzz at Comic Com. Apple content delivery system is live
August 1, 2014 | 9:00 am

mangaManga Buzz is Strong at Comic-Con 2014 (PW) Once again, pop culture fandom congregated en masse at the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International 2014, including plenty of fans looking for manga and anime. *** Hachette Bends But Doesn’t Break in Face of Amazon ‘Punitive Action’ (Digital Book World) In its first half numbers, which came out today, French media conglomerate Hachette Livre reported that Hachette Books Group, its U.S. division, generated 5.6% more revenue in the first half of 2014 than it did in the prior year. This, the report stated, despite a drop in ebook sales “reflecting market trend, fewer movie...

OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese e-books
May 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

overdriveapp-150x150OverDrive has added Japanese publishing aggregator MediaDo in what OverDrive is calling "an alliance." OverDrive Japan will distribute popular Japanese content such as manga and adult fiction through OverDrive’s global network. This will add more than one million e-book and audiobook titles into Japanese libraries and schools. Along with distributions, MediaDo and OverDrive will deliver Japanese and overseas e-books to public, school, government, and corporate users inside and outside of Japan. “We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a release. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead...

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...

Nielsen BookScan report shows graphic novels kicking butt in U.S.
July 24, 2013 | 2:00 pm

graphic novelsA recent Nielsen BookScan report entitled "Walking Tall: Graphic novels are heroes in the bookstore," shows graphic novel sales building nicely in the U.S. market as of mid-2013. "Unit sales in the graphic novel category are up 10 percent year-over-year in 2013," states the Nielsen release, adding, "the high-priced books at the top of the list are perhaps the most pleasant surprise for graphic novel publishers." The report showcased Nielsen BookScan's ranking of the top 10 bestselling adult fiction graphic novels for the first half of 2013, courtesy of a U.S. Consumer Market Panel that Nielsen claims "currently covers approximately 85% of...

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...

In France, lack of legitimate e-book availability of comics leads to piracy
January 24, 2012 | 12:22 pm

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting article about comic book piracy in France, focusing on a report by the Paris government’s “Le MOTif” book and writing “observatory”. The third in a series of reports on piracy that began in 2009, Le MOTif zoomed in on comics, as this is the category of books that is pirated the most in France. Comic books make up 10-14% of France’s global book market, but the availability of comics in e-book format does not meet the readers’ needs — resulting in organized teams of pirates (up to 100) that have...

B&N and Viz Media team up for manga on Nook Tablet and Nook Color
December 20, 2011 | 10:08 am

145584643 From the press release: Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of digital media and educational products, today announced that it has teamed up with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and publisher of anime and manga in North America, to bring the digital manga (graphic novel) experience to NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers. Debuting in the NOOK Store™ today, VIZ Media’s collection includes 18 series, featuring 107 volumes, from its popular Shojo Beat, Shonen Sunday and VIZ Signature imprints. Volumes are available for purchase and fast download in the U.S. and Canada for...