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Sayori x3
Post #590184 - Reply to (#590179) by deadphoenix
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Those aren't exactly free-of-charge; the authors/artists just produce works for fun. We're talking about commercial works here.

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Post #590185 - Reply to (#590182) by SinsI
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PayPal's pretty safe, and the service charges can be waived easily if you are from a primarily English-speaking country and choose to pay it as a private payment. The issue is mainly the fact that most Japanese artists/mangaka/authors don't know about payment methods such as PayPal, and even if they did, they're probably not allowed (by serialization contract) to accept private payments for licensed works.

Anyways, as I said, the closest you'll probably get is probably buying the original Japanese volumes and/or magazines (but mags spread the profit between the mangas, so it's only a maybe).

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There are several considerations. We have to point out that the company is providing a reading service exclusively. Supposing it'd be excellent with the releases at the same time as Japan.

I'd definitely say no if:
*I had to acquire a manga device or something of the sort.
*There is zero downloadable content.
*There are extra fees of any kind.

I'll suscribe in the case:

*I could buy the manga volumes later on at a fair price, like 5 USD. I don't mind if I have to buy 10+ units or wait a period of 6 months to 1 year with the subscription.
*No more third parts, mostly a mangaka organization (I guess they can't get rid of publishers, at least). It'd be good if scanlators are hired since most of them do understand what quality is.
*Earnings accordingly to the number of visits. Popular mangakas don't have to worry, and beginners stand a better chance.

At least, it'd be convenient for those who don't have much access around the world; I don't see much future with that in the countries of origin because they buy magazines and physical manga. I ignore if this already exists there.

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Post #590205 - Reply to (#590172) by Sayori x3
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Well, that would be an interesting topic for thought.

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Jmanga does that, but it isn't a single publisher. It licenses across many different publishers to deliver English translations. I would pay for the service. It isn't a bad idea, it's actually nice for the modern digestion of manga.

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Nirhtuc
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1:08 pm, Mar 10 2013
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For some reason, I don't like the idea of paying for online manga. I don't mind paying for hard copies of my favourite manga, though.

darkraiders
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2:02 pm, Mar 10 2013
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No...
Not that i don't want to pay to read manga online, but to few manga i'm interested in reading get translated.
I wouldn't pay 10$ just for 2-3 updates a month i'm interested in reading.


GuttedGnome
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3:05 pm, Mar 10 2013
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A no from me.

Pros
- Unlimited amount of manga.
- Can read it anywhere and mostly on anything.
- $10 is pretty cheap.

Cons
- There aren't enough licensed manga I'm interested in.
- Most online readers by e.g Jmanga are made in flash to counter downloading. But it's slow and annoying.
- Region locking is a given (Jmanga already has it) and therefor what I'm interested in may not be available where i live.
- Publishers wouldn't get along in one place for long and therefor ridiculous capitalistic cash grabbing drama occurs (happens with Spotify all the time).

However, if they made a software where you could read a manga at fullscreen with a black background that doesn't steal focus then I could reconsider it. But it would still be a no in the end. biggrin

kayue
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6:26 pm, Mar 10 2013
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Lol. I posed this question a while ago. Before Jmanga was well known.

I think I thought of this when I wanted to read an out of print manga and thought, "Do I want to try to find used volumes for a 20+ series?
But do I want to pay over $100+)for something I'd read once?
Well, the publisher should still have it on their computers..."

Jmanga charges $5/book or more, as does Vizmanga. Similar to a used book. But I can't resell the 'book' if I don't like it. Most times, i cant even download it. If it were closer to $1/book I'd consider it.

I'd support a Netflix model more. I just thought a 'one publisher' idea would make it easier to implement. But yeah, I'd like MORE. Then I'd be able to try books that I might not look at before.
I also want to support the authors, and the publishers who support them, but I'm not rich. A reasonable monthly fee would allow me to do both.


And by 'digital', I meant computers, tablets, etc. biggrin

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I don't read that many series anymore, so I'd rather pay... $1 for each of the 4-6 series I keep up to date with, than have access to everything. Especially since the series I enjoy the most are nearly all from a different publisher.
Though, I'd still leave the option of choosing either a single series or the entire library (for a higher price) to the subscriber.

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Post #590311 - Reply to (#590120) by Oriolidae
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7:42 pm, Mar 10 2013
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You can buy more points at anytime.

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You can buy more points at anytime.

Of course you can buy as many points as you want, if you have the money, that is. I'm saying that they're lacking a subscription service where you can read an unlimited amount of material for a fixed sum per month, or at least more than 5 volumes (i.e. without buying additional points).


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4:10 am, Mar 11 2013
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I believe the best response to such a service is the bottom right panel of the following comic:
http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20120305 biggrin

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Post #590379 - Reply to (#590184) by Sayori x3
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4:18 am, Mar 11 2013
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Although I have no idea how it works, the webtoons on Naver/Daum are made by professional artists. They don't just produce "for fun".

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Post #590398 - Reply to (#590327) by Oriolidae
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7:40 am, Mar 11 2013
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That fixed sum would have to be ten times more than your average subscription, otherwise it would be financial suicide. It's just not possible to have a dirt cheap "all you can eat" model for manga.

Heck, last I heard, even Crunchyroll barely breaks even.

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