Japanese citizens buy the most e-books per capita

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Update: Nate’s questioning BI’s numbers. He could be right. A recent piece in Business Insider reports that Japanese consumers are crazy about their e-books. On average, they spend nearly twice as much on e-books per capita as the average US user ($86.50 vs $46). Indeed, the US is only [...]

Reading Manga On Tablets: Using the Viz Media App

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to switch to consuming more digital media, I was looking for a way to read manga on tablets. I wrote earlier this year about Viz Manga coming to Kindles, and writing that motivated me to download the Viz app to my iPad and Nexus 7, where it sat until recently when Viz had a big sale. [...]

Viz Manga Comes to a Kindle Near You

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 6, 2013 // 4 Comments

I saw the story in Publisher’s Weekly, which was little more than the text of a press release. My first thought was “Cool! Manga on the Fire and Paperwhite.” Then I dug a little deeper and discovered the story wasn’t quite as impressive as it first seemed. Turns out that Viz manga were [...]

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute

By Chris Meadows
November 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three [...]

Quick Links: Amazon in the news

By Chris Meadows
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s an Amazon roundup! Here are some Amazon stories from the last few days that might not deserve full pieces by themselves, but are nonetheless interesting tidbits. Wired reports Amazon has released a firmware update for the Paperwhite that will allow readers to enlarge panes in manga [...]

Manga scanlations hold up digital manga licensing

By Chris Meadows
March 30, 2012 // 4 Comments

Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into [...]

Amazon suspends manga publisher account over yaoi manga

By Chris Meadows
March 16, 2012 // 2 Comments

Amazon has pulled the plug on the account of an erotica publisher, Digital Manga Publishing. DMP is an importer and translator of Japanese manga (whose launch on Kobo we covered last year), and apparently one of its yaoi (homosexual male romance genre) titles ran afoul of Amazon’s prohibition on [...]

JManga portal offers digital manga subscriptions

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2011 // 2 Comments

Galleycat reports that a group of 39 Japanese manga publishers has launched a portal site called JManga, offering digital English translations of manga readable in a Flash-based on-line reader. The manga is for sale via point-based subscription, but also offers free one-issue previews. It has a [...]

Kindle 3 and Manga – handles them will with Mangle

By Paul Biba
August 30, 2010 // 4 Comments

iReader Review has an article on the Kindle 3 and Manga. They have lots of screen shots and also go into great detail about how to get Mangle up and running on the K3. The Kindle 3 handles images really well – But can Kindle 3 handle Manga? K and 4rc wanted to find out about Kindle 3′s Manga [...]

The Manga and iPad Romance

By Paul Biba
August 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Wall Street Journal The light weight iPad reader has added fuel to Japan’s budding e-book industry even though Apple’s digital bookstore iBookstore is not yet open for business in Japan. Still, the healthy stable of iPad and iPhone applications on offer via the Japanese iTunes [...]

Japanese companies launch electronic manga award

By Paul Biba
June 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Anime News Network is reporting this award for manga available on mobile phones which will be the result of a poll running from June 11 to July 12. Here are the 20 nominations. Those marked with an * are available in the US in English: *Aa Megami-sama (Oh My Goddess!) by Kousuke Fujishima Ao no [...]

Manga publishers see piracy in ‘scanlation’ websites

By Chris Meadows
June 9, 2010 // 4 Comments

Publishers Weekly has a piece on Japanese and American manga publishers banding together to oppose “scanlations”—the manga equivalent of animé fansubs, where fans translate and repost manga for the benefit of non-Japanese readers. What they are objecting to is not so much the process itself [...]

Manga publishing for phones to go into high gear

By Paul Biba
November 12, 2009 // 2 Comments

Anime News Network is reporting that Japanese publisher Sueisha will be developing an ebook business for anime in America and other countries. Sueisha will offer manga for mobile phones running Microsoft software. In a longer article the site says that the manga will be free at first, but will move [...]

New Manga library opens in Japan

By Paul Biba
October 27, 2009 // 2 Comments

According to The Japan Times, Professor Kaichiro Morikawa and the Meiji University will open the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, which will house the 140,000-plus items of the late manga critic and subculture enthusiast’s private collection. Yoshihiro Yonezawa [...]

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