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New Poll - Manga on Devices
Back in January of 2012, we had a poll where the issue was "Assuming money is not an issue, how would you prefer to consume your manga?" The majority of voters said they would prefer to read manga in its printed volume form. Now our user !xoble is asking what your actual reading tendencies are. So what's the reality for you? Mostly on your computer? Or you got plenty of actual paper?

You can submit poll ideas here (and try to keep them manga/anime-related)
http://www.mangaupdates.com/showtopic.php?tid=3903

Previous Poll Results:
Question: Comparing your anime consumption between now and 5 years ago...
Choices:
I started watching anime in the last 5 years - votes: 1554 (12.9%)
I watch a lot more now - votes: 2303 (19.1%)
I watch just a little more now - votes: 658 (5.5%)
About the same - votes: 1145 (9.5%)
Watch a little less now - votes: 1610 (13.4%)
Watch a lot less now - votes: 3370 (28%)
I stopped watching anime - votes: 1410 (11.7%)
There were 12050 total votes.
The poll ended: June 21st 2013

This one has mostly an opposite conclusion than the previous week's manga-orientated poll. Figures, as we're a manga site. Besides, although it may take 22 minutes to watch an episode of anime, it does not usually take 22 minutes to read a chapter of manga.
Posted by lambchopsil on June 22nd 6:54am Comments ( 30 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» lambchopsil on June 21st, 2013, 11:57pm

Any of you remember the Shonen Jump magazine by Viz? I used to read it early in high school since a friend of mine had it. I thought it was the best thing ever at the time.

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» RandomUser on June 22nd, 2013, 1:19am

Ha, I remember seeing Shonen Jump at grocery stores.

I read manga on a tablet. Actually, everything I do online is on my tablet.

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» Hanae on June 22nd, 2013, 1:41am

I read manga on my laptop. I tried reading it on my Kindle, but I gave up - I had to download chapters, convert them, upload them to Kindle, then the screen was usually too small to make out what was written in the speech bubbles, so I had to enlarge the picture, making it very inconvenient to read.

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» tactics on June 22nd, 2013, 5:24am

Mostly on my laptop.
Any new series I read, it's gonna be on my laptop. I only buy manga for the series that I know I like and would read again.

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» 0oKat~0 on June 22nd, 2013, 7:02am

On a desktop computer. My second choice would be from the actual volumes.

I've bought the Shounen Jump magazine by Viz before... But it was really too expensive, so I eventually stopped. 20 dollars for one magazine. =.= Never again would I buy that.

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» ListeningDaisy on June 22nd, 2013, 7:12am

I mostly read on my laptop but, like the person above I also buy volumes. I buy my volumes from secondhand stores and places like that though.

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» Dionaea on June 22nd, 2013, 8:05am

I had a hard time choosing here, because I read on my laptop most, but if I've taken the trouble to convert a manga I only read it from my e-reader or tablet, because it's way more convenient o.o I went with the small portable device because that's how like to read them most. Plus I'll probably read on my tablet more once I've found a picture viewer which can both see my external SD *and* sort by filename. ._.

Edit: I buy volumes of my favorites too, to appease my inner fangirl, just like I do with other books. But just like with other books it's just so much easier to carry my e-reader around than it is to bring volumes along, so I hardly ever read from the dead tree editions... I see those more as collectible items o.o

Edit2: Just found the right app for my tablet <3

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» connerity on June 22nd, 2013, 9:34am

On my laptop or desktop, depending where I am.

Using the amazing "Mangameeya" software, which is so much better than any online reader.

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» Cloverpaw on June 22nd, 2013, 10:20am

Usually, I use my laptop, but I try to find the book in the library if it's been translated officially. If I really like the book, I'll buy the actual volume.

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» achyif on June 22nd, 2013, 10:31am

Actually, reading manga on a decently sized tablet sounds really comfortable

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» silvarion on June 22nd, 2013, 12:20pm

Usually I read manga on a laptop, well, I am a hikikomori
sometimes I use my phone to reread my favorite manga
sometimes I buy actual volume after reading it's scanlated version on a laptop

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» That3rdGuy on June 22nd, 2013, 2:19pm

Yet another pointless poll. no
Of course most people are using some type of computer to read manga if they are here.

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» Dionaea on June 23rd, 2013, 7:19am

I agree, a more informative question would have been "How would you prefer to read your manga if money wasn't an issue?" But maybe they'll follow up on this one like they did with some of the other polls lately?

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» lambchopsil on June 23rd, 2013, 8:05am

Quote from Dionaea
I agree, a more informative question would have been "How would you prefer to read your manga if money wasn't an issue?" But maybe they'll follow up on this one like they did with some of the other polls lately?

We already did that before. I mentioned that in my post

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» Mikashi on June 22nd, 2013, 3:06pm

I read manga on my laptop and by reading the actual volumes.
I prefer reading the actual volumes (so I chose that one), but I probably end up reading on my laptop more (unfortunately).

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» lynira on June 22nd, 2013, 5:18pm

I'm one of the hypocrites who prefers real paper volumes but reads digitally because of convenience, availability, and money reasons. (Recently, I really like the sites where I can buy digital manga, like ebookjapan. I usually only buy the real volumes for my favorites.) I read on my laptop. I like a laptop's combination of reasonable-size screen, portability, and capabilities, compared to desktop/tablet/kindle.

Anyway, I'm surprised that over 10% are actually reading on smaller devices. (Are there really people who can stand reading manga on a little phone screen??) I remember a digital manga poll and quite a few people didn't like digital readers (kindle, etc.) because they felt their screens were too small for manga. But smart phones and tablets have become much more popular since then, so maybe people have adapted?

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» dosetsu on June 22nd, 2013, 7:58pm

Pretty much what little consumption I do now is on a tablet.

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» story645 on June 22nd, 2013, 8:24pm

My laptops have been convertible tablets for going on 8 years now, so I kind of have a best of both worlds thing going on. I prefer volumes, but only buy those in somewhat limited quantities.

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» pyonk on June 22nd, 2013, 8:52pm

Desktop Computer for me.
Sometimes when I'm not at home and I want to read new released, I use my smartphone.

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» kayue on June 22nd, 2013, 9:59pm

Tablet for me now.
Good old fashioned paper used to be my fave, but since I have eye problems, my tablet really saved me. Pinch & zoom.

And my desktop computer is really to big to carry around. wink

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» Badkarma on June 22nd, 2013, 10:26pm

I need to read more manga...

Lately, the only things I've been reading are highlights of manga I physically own, or nothing at all. I own a pretty decent collection, and some of it I've yet to read, but still...

...

haaaaaaaaaaaa... I dunno... I guess I got a little burnt out. I've been really itchin' to get back into it latley, but it seems like such a chore to retrack what I was reading and search for what I've missed that it's almost a little overwhelming. Like a wall I have to find the guts to climb, while telling myself, "It'll always be there; no rush."

And yet, the wall keeps getting bigger and bigger, while my eagerness to climb it gets smaller and smaller.

Ah, well. Life happens, I suppose. I'll get back into it here soon, though. Probably.

[Edit]

Mmm, but to answer the poll, I guess I read manga mostly on my PC. For light novels, I tend to read them on my phone - or, if I'm feeling frisky, I'll format them to work with my old Sony e-reader.

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» euri on June 24th, 2013, 2:55am

I mostly read manga on computers and tablets and only buy the actual manga when I really like them because acquiring the actual manga takes a lot of work. I have to order them from abroad (mostly, US) and have them shipped and the shipping cost is expensive. cry

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» PinkShippuden on June 24th, 2013, 5:12am

I read manga (etc.) on a laptop almost all the time,
since it gets kinda irritating when both my elder siblings keep chattering on about the fact that they reckon manga is lame (That's just their opinion though...) every time i read manga on my family's desktop computer.
I also like to read on a laptop because then, I can sit on the couch or on my bed, since i'm actually kinda lazy.
It's also easier to use headphones on a laptop, since i listen to music (on the laptop) while I read manga.
got many other reasons...can't be bothered remembering

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» Damnedman on June 24th, 2013, 5:47am

I usually read manga on my laptop, but sometimes I don't feel like getting out of my bed and just read on my iPod touch. It happens more often than I like to admit...

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» damikiller37 on June 25th, 2013, 4:34am

I have a Kindle Paperwhite (previously used Kindle 3 a.k.a Kindle Keyboard) and I use a converter called Chain LP. Possibly the best way in my opinion to read manga on a portable device since it causes no eye strains unlike tablets and laptops. biggrin

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» westsiders2 on June 25th, 2013, 4:45am

smart phone. i still prefer paper but i do like the convenience of smart phone. my laptop is too big and my desktop requires me to sit up.

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» barbapapa on June 25th, 2013, 3:15pm

iPad mini or actual books here. Can't imagine having to go back to desktop reading.

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» animeangelgrl on June 26th, 2013, 8:02am

I read manga mostly on my phone. I have a Note II so the screen is big enough and it's more convenient for me. I rarely open my laptop and I don't really read manga on it when I do but I do buy printed volumes. However the mount of manga I buy is nowhere near the amount of manga I read on my phone.

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» redlinks on June 26th, 2013, 9:58am

Wish there was an all the above option in the new poll cuz that's what I do. ^^;

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» jaqenhghar on June 28th, 2013, 9:16pm

I used to buy the actual volumes back then but now they are too expensive. I rather buy food than buy them. Now I always read manga on my laptop, sometimes I read them on my phone when I was on the train or something

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