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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...

Digital Manga and Harlequin team up with Barnes & Noble
August 22, 2011 | 9:13 am

9781569709467 From GoodEReader: Digital Manga, mostly known for manga comics and graphic novels, has teamed up with Harlequin to bring 20 books to the Barnes and Noble bookstore. This is a large partnership not only between Digital Manga and Harlequin, but also Softbank. Softbank was the company responsible mainly for the localization in foreign languages with the project. Digital Manga said only a paltry 20 titles will be available at the launch, but by the end of the year there should be hundreds. Initially, all of the books will be in English, but the companies...

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...

Digital Manga Publishing launches on Kobo
May 20, 2011 | 10:23 am

A4883 19 From the press release: Digital Manga, one of the manga industry's most unique and creative publishers, is proud to announce its digital distribution expansion on to Kobo books— —a global eReading service, providing readers with a global alternative to the Amazon Kindle. Kobo have distributing partners with Canada's Chapters Indigo, Borders US & AU, Australia's Angus & Robertson, and New Zealand's Whitcoulls ebookstore storefronts which are powered by Kobo.Digital Manga has so far launched over 90 titles from their DMP, Juné, and 801 Mediaimprints into the Kobo ebookstore and their partners, with more to follow in the coming weeks and months, including popular...

Comixology launches free authoring tools program
November 17, 2010 | 12:32 pm

3078-v1-150x.JPGAccording to Publisher's Weekly Comixology is setting up a beta program for authoring tools: David Steinberger, CEO of Comixology, said preparing comics for the Guided View technology is a “labor intensive” process that has caused a backlog. While Comixology can convert up to about 200 new comics a week for delivery through the Comixology app, Steinberger said demand to get content in the channel has been overwhelming. By opening access to the Comixology authoring tools, Steinberger said he will speed up the process of getting comics into the Comixology digital marketplace. Once the beta program is complete, Steinberger said he hopes...

Negima’s Akamatsu Plans Free Site for Out-of-Print Manga
November 17, 2010 | 10:11 am

Screen shot 2010-11-17 at 9.10.59 AM.pngThe Anime News Network is reporting that: Manga creator Ken Akamatsu (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Love Hina) announced on Monday that he is launching a "J-Comi" website that will eventually post out-of-print manga for free with advertising support. He is working with Ryusei Deguchi (Abenobashi: Magical Shopping Arcade ) and other fellow manga creators, in part to deal with the current situation of manga being scanned and uploaded without authorization. Under the proposed plan, the site will distribute out-of-print manga with the creators' permission and with advertising. The advertising revenues will then be split among the creators. The site will use PDF...

From Japan: Bringing the pirates on board, by Eugene Woodbury
November 16, 2010 | 6:47 pm

logo.gifOnly a tiny fraction of the $4-5 billion manga market in Japan is licensed and published in the U.S. every year (to say nothing of the backlist). As a result, websites that host "scanlated" (scanned and translated) manga have become a major source of supply to meet the growing demand by manga fans. Acknowledging the considerable sweat equity contributed by these literary pirates, Hikaru Sasahara, CEO of Digital Manga Publishing, is offering a path to legitimacy by outsourcing the localization of manga to these same "scanlators." An opportunity to work on duly acquired properties for a share of the profits. [Digital Manga...

Viz Media releases free manga app for the iPad – free volume 1 of Death Note
November 2, 2010 | 11:10 am

2832-v1-150x.JPGPublishers Weekly is reporting this and I, personally, find it exciting news. According to PW, Viz will be offering volume 1 of Death Note for free for a limited time. Viz publishes Bleach, Death Note, Dragon Ball, Naruto and others. Alvin Lu, senior v-p and general manager of Viz Media, said that while the details surrounding digital publishing remain “largely unmapped and fast changing,” he said the release of the Viz iPad app offers “a clear roadmap of where we want to go in this digital terrain.” New material will be released every week Lu said, “we’ll be adjusting...

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...

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