If you're honest about wanting people to buy manga, you should make that information more readily available to newcomers on the site. Maybe even look into Bookdepository and Amazon affiliate links if possible, a lot of publishers now offer their manga digitally as well. [Ikari]
That is absolutely, horrendously ridiculous idea.
First of all, you cannot assume that everyone here is from USA. We're not. There are different publishers for different countries and regions, some ship internationally and some do not ship to specific countries. Most of manga here aren't even scanlated, not to mention they don't have ANY translations. They are only being released in Japan, so are you gonna link Japanese Amazon? Japanese publishers? There are better sites for that purpose and they do just that.
Secondly, this site is a manga database with updates on fan translations, not a price aggregator, publishers association or whatever. If you decide to go commercial, you are no longer independent and lose donations. You cannot decide anything. You might as well pack yourself, sell it and forget about it. Also, NO fans or groups are gonna provide information on this site which is about, what, 80%? 90%? 100%? That means you won't even know your favourite mangaka has started new manga in Japan as you obviously cannot read the Moonlanguage. Not to mention that if some company bought it, it would do it only for massive database and to take down the updates on translations. That means death to MU. Do you want to kill it? You cannot put in publishers links just like that, it doesn't work that way. What would be the purpose? To please publishers? To have revenue from ads? I have no goddamn idea.
I believe I don't have to continue, but I can still go on. Let me just tell you that it's you who is ignorant of the fact, that - if not for scanlators, manga sites and MU - there wouldn't be so many official international releases. It's companies role to make good product and sell it easily at good price and in no way it does become better by killing half of the whole fandom just for the heck of it.
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