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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...

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...

Librarian’s Guide to Manga Available (Free) as OverDrive Begins Offering Manga Content
April 29, 2010 | 9:50 am

manga.jpegFrom Resource Shelf: Manga is the Japanese word for “comic book,” and a type of graphic novel. Traditionally rendered in black and white, printed on coarse paper, and designed to be portable, manga is an art form for the masses, accessible to a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life. Manga genres range from horror to romance, science fiction to family dramas, military epics to sports stories, and everything in between. “Anime” is the word used to describe the film equivalent to manga. The guide is done in a manga style. The guide was co-authored by OverDrive and TOKYOPOP, the manga...

Amazon talks Kindle with Japanese publisher
April 22, 2010 | 12:20 pm

japan1 BusinessWeek reports that Amazon is in talks with Japan’s largest publisher, Kodansha Ltd., to publish electronic versions of its books for a Japanese launch of the Kindle Reader. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the Japanese e-book market has been a tough nut for dedicated e-book reader vendors to crack—even Sony, whose name is synonymous with the Japanese electronics industry, no longer tries to sell its Sony Reader within its native shores. Whereas in America reading on PDAs and cell phones was largely an early adopters’ sideline while it took a really good book-sized reader...

iPad could shake up Japanese publishing industry like Perry’s ‘black ships’
April 9, 2010 | 8:15 am

perryfleet If you thought that the iPad kicked over an anthill of American publishers with its introduction, its effect on Japan may take things to an entirely different level. BusinessWeek has an article about the possible impact of the iPad on the Japanese publishing industry. Unlike in America, Japanese publishers wield total control over the pricing of their books in bookstores, setting pricing and preventing discounting—like agency pricing for e-books, but extending to print as well. In Japan, the keitai denwa, or cell phone, has historically been the reading device of choice. Japanese phones have considerably more...

University of Tokyo researchers create fast-flipping book scanner
March 18, 2010 | 8:15 am

laserscan You may recall how Data the android read books in Star Trek: The Next Generation, or the robot Johnny Five in Short Circuit—by riffling through the pages and absorbing the information in the time it took to go from the front to back cover. Now researchers in Tokyo have come up with a system that can scan paper books into electronic form just as fast. The video (embedded below the jump) shows University of Tokyo assistant professor Yoshihiro Watanabe literally holding a book under the camera and riffling through the pages. The monitor captures the images...

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