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Question: Where do you usually buy your physical manga?
New from online retailer (Amazon, Right Stuf, etc) - votes: 604 (24.7%)
Used from online retailer (Ebay, etc) - votes: 84 (3.4%)
New from local retailer or book store - votes: 616 (25.2%)
Used from local retailer or book store - votes: 99 (4%)
I don't buy physical manga - votes: 1045 (42.7%)
There were 2448 total votes.
The poll ended: July 29th, 2023 4:21pm PDT
A rising number of us don't read physical manga. Myself included, actually...
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» residentgrigo on July 29th, 2023, 8:22pm
Forgot: "Full cast" audiobooks are da bomb. All 6 Dune novels got those for example.
» VawX on July 29th, 2023, 9:58pm
And with smartphone, it's easier to read while pooping and taking a walk or doing treadmill mmm...
» hkanz on July 30th, 2023, 8:13am
I also like audiobooks, but I only listen to them when doing something else. If I'm going to sit down with a book it will be physical or my ereader.
» mallika23 on July 30th, 2023, 9:05am
When I was a student, I prefer to scratch my notes using pens, or highlight important parts using pencil or highlighter than using a stylus pen.
My eyes are tired seeing the screen all day at work. I need some printed copy if I have to read long texts for entertainment. 🤣
» residentgrigo on July 30th, 2023, 10:13am
Fan readings of official or fan translations on YT also continue to creep up and not just in English.
Edit: I found pirated audiobooks for 86 and Spice and Wolf on the first try on YT. Lol.
» MangaGhost on July 30th, 2023, 3:32pm
» Erratic-Hopper on August 1st, 2023, 3:42pm
I used to read some books on my Kindle - it isn't as satisfying as paper. The Kindle is doesn't work so well now, I won't cough up for a new one and of course, a paper book never runs out of battery. I like to feel the pages, see the different fonts and the colour and thickness of the paper. And it's nice to have the spines lined up on my shelf.
Space is the sole concern. My shelves are filling up so the books are stacked on my desk, although I do make the most of libraries. Buying e-books still feels like a waste of money, though. I only read them if they're free: old books on Project Gutenberg or the internet archive.
» Onsen on August 2nd, 2023, 3:10pm
Also, anyone I introduced to digital eventually stopped insisting on how real books are just better for reading and instead started favoring to read digital if possible.
The problem is that digital has no value, so I wouldn't pay money for it. There needs to be a physical token of ownership that can be resold and that is missing with digital.
» LazyReviewer on August 4th, 2023, 2:30am
» redlinks on August 4th, 2023, 7:10pm
» The_Fox on August 5th, 2023, 9:22am
e.g. oversized art books, sewing guides with patterns, health manual with exercises, recipe books, gardening books.
The way elements on a page are displayed on digital devices varies, and in my experience pdfs aren't a very neat solution either...
So if I'm going to be looking at pages for a long time without flipping, physical has strong advantages.
Digital has hyperlinking & is easier to copy from, a physical book is unchanging/specialized, either form can be practical or impractical.