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Site Poll - Chat Box 160 - Manga in E-Book Format

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Polarbearblue
Post #510764 - Reply to (#510756) by azurenight
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4:48 am, Dec 4 2011
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Unlike so many people, I really like ebooks because it means that I won't have to give up my books when it comes time to move( I move a lot), and I'm still legally supporting the authors. The only things I don't like about ebooks is geo restrictions and the price; I want to buy any ebook I want anywhere in the world and ebooks should not be the same price of physical books.

I do buy manga in its online format, and I'll probably continue to do so, because I want to support the industry in NA and the mangaka. I just wish they were freaking less expensive(WTH $9 for an emanga you can't even resell!!??). But if there are scanlations of a series I want to read, I'll read those instead andmaybe buy the localized version when I have extra money and I can't come up with anything to buy.

Publishers should stick with localizing manga in ebook format that has not been scanlated.


The whole ebook market is still young and small despite the many publishers jumping in. But it's growing fast. Eventually resources will get shifted to here and away from books and hopefully it will become less expensive to buy them. Unless demand for them increases by the same amount.

Maybe I'm crazy but has anyone ever though about owning both a book and an ebook at the same time? Or buying the book and then scan the pages to put on your PC (much like buying a CD and importing it to iTunes which makes it so you own both the CD and MP3) ?

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5:48 am, Dec 4 2011
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I'm with the people who want the paper copy, and failing that sticking with the scanlations--as much as I'm for supporting the mangaka, I'd rather send them money directly than through an ebook with DRM or forced dependence upon the cloud. As Amazon demonstrated when it yanked some already-bought ebooks off of Kindles, you cannot be certain of both actually keeping your copy & of always being able to access your copy.

That said: I'd be perfectly fine if what was offered was subscription-based access to an emanga library, and it was that just some titles were exclusive in some manner. The same problems might still apply, but at least nobody's pretending to be selling me a copy & it's perfectly reasonable to expect that the occasional title might be dropped from the library as not requested often enough to be worth maintaining.

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Post #510778 - Reply to (#510766) by HoshiRyo
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I'm with the people who want the paper copy, and failing that sticking with the scanlations--as much as I'm for supporting the mangaka, I'd rather send them money directly than through an ebook with DRM or forced dependence upon the cloud. As Amazon demonstrated when it yanked some already-bought ebooks off of Kindles, you cannot be certain of both actually keeping your copy & of always being able to access your copy.


Actually it's pretty easy to strip the DRM from books, I've done it a couple of times with kindle and barnes and nobles ebooks. You just need a certain plugin with calibre; there's also another way which is more reliable but harder to do.

NIQ
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4:58 pm, Dec 4 2011
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I would choose to read scanlations. Why? becausi in the end I don't like reading books on a screen and therefore won't pay for e-books but only for paper versions, which i usually buy if i like it.

JacobMcClean
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5:24 pm, Dec 4 2011
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So about 60% of people plan on stealing. Show the Mangaka some respect! but same totally biggrin

mizaki2100
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I plan to wait for it to be available on paper while reading free scanlations online. E-book is great and all for novels, but for mangas, I want them on my hands or in my shelf. Mangas I love are my collection.

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1:31 am, Dec 5 2011
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Heh, yeah, Read the scanlations until the book becomes available.
Can't believe that isn't an option on the poll.

Also, I think it'd be a very smart move to offer a digital copy either for FREE or for less than $1/ E1 if you own the paper version. Not that I have an e-reader, but that would definitely work. And no stupid WMP lock-in like I saw for the harry potter DVDs.

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8:07 pm, Dec 5 2011
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Trouble aside, having a paper version feels much more comfortable than having a disk/harddrive/other memory storing device that can potentially be broken
I've lost plenty of digital pictures in the past, what would make manga different (even if it's redownloadable, what will happen if the company goes put of business? Might as well continue to read scanlations)

sadly though, I'm not one of those people who would actually pay.

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2:31 am, Dec 6 2011
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In general, I prefer paper books. I know they take space and are more expensive, but there is just something about the paper. wink

The problem with e-books is that some publishers do not give you a copy, but you have to connect to their site anytime you want to read it. Unfortunately this is totally unacceptable for me since I like to read when I travel and there is usually no Internet connection.
No need to mention what would happen if the e-book publisher goes out of business and all books are gone, too.

A note on the necessity of buying a reader in some cases, Id like to have just one device (= my computer) for everything.

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I'd read it in Japanese...

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I'd either wait for the book release or I'd read the scanlation. I make it a habbit that if I read a scanlation for a series and have enjoyed it even the slightest, I will purchase it when it comes out in English. I like supporting my hobby and I see no problem in paying a small amount to enjoy it. However, I simply don't do e-books. Part of the charm of a book it that it is a tangible thing, something you can hold, smell, turnt he pages. I can take it on vacation with me anywhere and, most importantly I can sell it when I am done enjoying it, or trade it for another book. That is simply NOT something you can do with an e-book. That I would have to pay FULL PRICE for a copy of a book that is not mine to have, hold, or dispose of is silly. Plus real books never run out of battery!

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