Digital Manga and Harlequin team up with Barnes & Noble

By libertyc
August 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

From GoodEReader: Digital Manga, mostly known for manga comics and graphic novels, has teamed up with Harlequin to bring 20 books to the Barnes and Noble bookstore. This is a large partnership not only between Digital Manga and Harlequin, but also Softbank. Softbank was the company responsible [...]

JManga portal offers digital manga subscriptions

By libertyc
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 [...]

Digital Manga Publishing launches on Kobo

By libertyc
May 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the press release: Digital Manga, one of the manga industry’s most unique and creative publishers, is proud to announce its digital distribution expansion on to Kobo books— —a global eReading service, providing readers with a global alternative to the [...]

Comixology launches free authoring tools program

By libertyc
November 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

According to Publisher’s Weekly Comixology is setting up a beta program for authoring tools: David Steinberger, CEO of Comixology, said preparing comics for the Guided View technology is a “labor intensive” process that has caused a backlog. While Comixology can convert up to about 200 [...]

Negima’s Akamatsu Plans Free Site for Out-of-Print Manga

By libertyc
November 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Anime News Network is reporting that: Manga creator Ken Akamatsu (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Love Hina) announced on Monday that he is launching a “J-Comi” website that will eventually post out-of-print manga for free with advertising support. He is working with Ryusei Deguchi [...]

From Japan: Bringing the pirates on board, by Eugene Woodbury

By libertyc
November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

Only a tiny fraction of the $4-5 billion manga market in Japan is licensed and published in the U.S. every year (to say nothing of the backlist). As a result, websites that host “scanlated” (scanned and translated) manga have become a major source of supply to meet the growing demand by [...]

Viz Media releases free manga app for the iPad – free volume 1 of Death Note

By libertyc
November 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

Publishers Weekly is reporting this and I, personally, find it exciting news. According to PW, Viz will be offering volume 1 of Death Note for free for a limited time. Viz publishes Bleach, Death Note, Dragon Ball, Naruto and others. Alvin Lu, senior v-p and general manager of Viz Media, said that [...]

Kindle 3 and Manga – handles them will with Mangle

By libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 [...]

Librarian’s Guide to Manga Available (Free) as OverDrive Begins Offering Manga Content

By libertyc
April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

From Resource Shelf: Manga is the Japanese word for “comic book,” and a type of graphic novel. Traditionally rendered in black and white, printed on coarse paper, and designed to be portable, manga is an art form for the masses, accessible to a wide spectrum of people from all walks of life. [...]

Amazon talks Kindle with Japanese publisher

By libertyc
April 22, 2010 // 0 Comments

BusinessWeek reports that Amazon is in talks with Japan’s largest publisher, Kodansha Ltd., to publish electronic versions of its books for a Japanese launch of the Kindle Reader. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the Japanese e-book market has been a tough nut for dedicated e-book reader vendors [...]

iPad could shake up Japanese publishing industry like Perry’s ‘black ships’

By libertyc
April 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

If you thought that the iPad kicked over an anthill of American publishers with its introduction, its effect on Japan may take things to an entirely different level. BusinessWeek has an article about the possible impact of the iPad on the Japanese publishing industry. Unlike in America, Japanese [...]

University of Tokyo researchers create fast-flipping book scanner

By libertyc
March 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

You may recall how Data the android read books in Star Trek: The Next Generation, or the robot Johnny Five in Short Circuit—by riffling through the pages and absorbing the information in the time it took to go from the front to back cover. Now researchers in Tokyo have come up with a system that [...]

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