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Post #590137
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4:45 pm, Mar 9 2013
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The question as it's written in the OP is different from the question in the sidebar. If I can read the series on my computer, that's a possibility. But if it's to read on a digital device, then no. My iphone screen is to small for that kind of service. I do use the viz manga app, for when I'm out of the house, but I much prefer to read on a larger screen.

Even with that, whether I'd be willing to pay a subscription would depend on how many series of theirs I like. If it's just one or two, then probably no, unless it's back volumes of a few series. And I'm confused about whether or not they are releasing fresh content on a weekly/monthly basis. And who's doing the translation? Are these just the translated volumes done in English already, or are they actively translating more to material for this service? (Which might be a chore for publishers with literally thousands of properties).

Similarly, I'd love to subscribe to Viz's WSJ, I think it's a great idea, but frankly the only series in there I like is Blue Exorcist. I might as well just buy the individual digital volumes as they come out; it would be about the same price. (Now, if they did something similar to WSJ with girls' series, that might be able to tempt me...)

I think overall, I'm not going to answer the question, because there's too many "depends." dead


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Here_And_Now
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5:17 pm, Mar 9 2013
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I put Yes, but it's conditional. It would have to be a service where I can read it on my computer and have the means to obtain a personal digital copy if I like it without paying an arm and a leg. It would also need to have a wide and varied selection, since I like a lot of different manga, in order for me to want to use it. It would have to keep up with current volumes and releases with consistently good quality, on par with that of the best scanlators. This includes proper grammar. I would also want a system that does all manga in a series. I hate how publishers will do the sequel without ever planning on putting out a prequel or vise versa. Plus I want manga that isn't Americanized. If a manga is good enough to translate it aught to be good enough to put in the extra effort of explaining cultural differences.

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Doesn't JManga do this already? And yes, I felt like reiterating.

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Post #590149 - Reply to (#590095) by SinsI
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Chances are, mangaka and/or authors do not have convenient payment methods for you to donate directly to them. And most of them have probably never even heard of PayPal or other big Internet payment companies before, so that makes it even more harder trying to donate to them directly (as they mostly use a Japanese bank account). And of course, publisher companies would never allow them to publicize direct communication methods. You're a bit limited to the things you can do to support them, but buying the Japanese volumes or magazines are probably the closest bet.

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Post #590153 - Reply to (#590096) by CatzCradle
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I agree, as an otaku I'm not happy without a collection

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Library really big and up-to-date?
Sure, why not?

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As a collector by heart, I voted no. If I have to pay, then I have to get something out of it that can flaunt how otaku I am. A single physical book may cost $10, but it becomes a collection I can show off.

What would persuade me: Offering can't-get-anywhere-else otaku trinkets than can be mailed to me based on how long I've subscribed, or some other score count.

And this is assuming I can't find their works somewhere else in higher quality and free.

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10:36 pm, Mar 9 2013
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No. Free and fast is what the populace desires. That is what will win in the long run. That's why groups like MangaPirate, MangaCow, etc. are becoming popular. They release faster with sub par translations and anyone who is a native English speaker can figure out the bad translations. Quality is nice, but quantity is better. That how almost everything in the world works. Nobody wants to pay. Most people would just give up on manga. I sure as hell wouldn't pay. no
It's either free or I don't bother with it. Simple as that. I highly doubt this strategy would work.

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Post #590171 - Reply to (#590170) by That3rdGuy
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Except Gundam G (the anime) went that route, was so poorly translated that the entire plot ended up being re-written and ultimately (arguably) hurt the Gundam franchise in the West.

Quantity is better than quality; but quantity is not better than REALLY BAD quality.

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If everybody in the entire world just stole everything they wanted, people would stop producing said wants, and the society would become even more of a wreck than it is already.

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AliceinAmestris
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11:33 pm, Mar 9 2013
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Depends on the publisher but most likely yes.

chomio
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Why not making it free of charge like naver or daum? biggrin
The ones I like, I buy them.

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It would depend on the publisher. But if one with a significant number of the manga I read and got them out with the pace of the weekly groups that do the big names like Fairy Tail, Medaka box and the big 3 then yes.

If a couple of the big name publishers came together to offer one service or a Netflix like service was created then absolutely.

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Post #590182 - Reply to (#590149) by Sayori x3
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That's why I wrote "we need to create". And it should cover not only manga, but all the forms of intellectual works that need support- i.e. books, music, Baka-updates website...
All current internet payment companies completely fail for such donations: they are often unsafe (credit cards), require a lot of effort (thus cutting off all microdonations that would amount to less than the worth of time it takes to set up a transaction) and you can't be sure that you are donating to the author in question, and not a scammer that hacked his website...

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Post #590183 - Reply to (#590118) by yuno19
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12:50 am, Mar 10 2013
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For electronic distribution, publishers are completely unnecessary(beyond some editing help) - fans and specialized sites can handle the distribution just fine.

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