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MrXarnus



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:52 pm Reply with quote
Before there are people complaining that there are no print edition's, I mailed them about this subject:


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Greetings and thank you for your feedback regarding JManga!

Yes, the topic of print editions has come up a number of times, and and while it is not our first priority, we are certainly looking into making such editions possible, perhaps by print on demand.

Sincerely,
JManga Customer Support
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shukero



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:47 pm Reply with quote
I'm just glad to see that they are actively adding new titles to JManga! Hopefully they'll get even more soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:14 pm Reply with quote
With them seemingly caught up on Morita-san Wa Mukuchi, I'm not seeing much I'm interested in(really just Poor Poor Lips). If they don't pick up the pace I'm going to have to switch to the $10 subscription.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:07 am Reply with quote
"Awesome! A legal online manga reading service, perfect for me who doesn't have much space to keep buying books but feels guilty reading stuff for free! Let's have a look at-
-only for US and Canada-

welp.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:48 am Reply with quote
championferret wrote:
"Awesome! A legal online manga reading service, perfect for me who doesn't have much space to keep buying books but feels guilty reading stuff for free! Let's have a look at-
-only for US and Canada-

welp.

Who is even as we speak negotiating to expand rights. They need to show interest outside North America, so are asking people interested in getting access to like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter. Its @JManga_official so don't spam the poor soul who picked the @JManga twitter handle before JManga was founded.
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samuelp



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:56 pm Reply with quote
agila61 wrote:
championferret wrote:
"Awesome! A legal online manga reading service, perfect for me who doesn't have much space to keep buying books but feels guilty reading stuff for free! Let's have a look at-
-only for US and Canada-

welp.

Who is even as we speak negotiating to expand rights. They need to show interest outside North America, so are asking people interested in getting access to like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter. Its @JManga_official so don't spam the poor soul who picked the @JManga twitter handle before JManga was founded.

Already up to.... 3,064 likes! (compare to, say Crunchyroll's 80,000 likes)

Somehow I think this is just going to prove the opposite point...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:32 pm Reply with quote
samuelp wrote:
Already up to.... 3,064 likes! (compare to, say Crunchyroll's 80,000 likes)

Somehow I think this is just going to prove the opposite point...
Did you know the people who run JManga are the same ones who run Crunchyroll? Although I'll be kind of bummed if the price of a JManga subscription is not a bit less than Crunchyroll one.
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simona.com



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:12 pm Reply with quote
no, they are not the same people as Crunchyroll. JManga is a Japanese company [I am currently cooperating with them so it's first hand info].
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agila61



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:39 pm Reply with quote
samuelp wrote:
agila61 wrote:
championferret wrote:
"Awesome! A legal online manga reading service, perfect for me who doesn't have much space to keep buying books but feels guilty reading stuff for free! Let's have a look at-
-only for US and Canada-

welp.

Who is even as we speak negotiating to expand rights. They need to show interest outside North America, so are asking people interested in getting access to like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter. Its @JManga_official so don't spam the poor soul who picked the @JManga twitter handle before JManga was founded.

Already up to.... 3,064 likes! (compare to, say Crunchyroll's 80,000 likes)

Somehow I think this is just going to prove the opposite point...

Well, whether JManga is "popular enough" in North America for whichever of their herd of publishers they are negotiating with on a region expansion, that's $$$, not FB likes or twitter follows. JManga's argument would be, "so, d'ya want some additional money?"

So whether the current levels of like and follows are good or bad depends more on whether fans outside the US actually do something about it, or if they prefer to just complain.

If those fans take the bit between their teeth and organize a social media campaign to like on FB and follow on twitter, the current numbers makes their job that much easier ~ since JManga needs to demonstrate geographic spread of potential demand, its not the absolute numbers JManga is looking to but the geographic distribution, and its easier for fans to effect the distribution when starting from a smaller base.

simona.com wrote:
no, they are not the same people as Crunchyroll. JManga is a Japanese company [I am currently cooperating with them so it's first hand info].

That's what Crunchyroll said since before launch ~ they said that they were doing work for the project, but not on like the Crunchyroll site where they actually acquire digital distribution licenses. And when it went to beta, the story here said said:
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ANN has confirmed that the JManga.com website is the manga portal revealed last November by Japan's Digital Comics Association (DCA). The organization commissioned Toppan Printing, a Tokyo-based print and technology service provider, to create the site.

... so any work for hire that Crunchyroll may have done on developing the original JManga site would have been commissioned by Toppan.

Past wrote:
... Although I'll be kind of bummed if the price of a JManga subscription is not a bit less than Crunchyroll one.

Its a weird system where you buy a subscription, the subscription gives you a certain number of points, and the points are used to buy volumes. You can have a 1,000 points per month subscription or a 2,5000 points per month subscription (plus bonus points up front and monthly for early subscribers), and only subscribers can buy extra points.

So its not "all you can eat" like Crunchyroll. However, unlike Crunchyroll, if you drop down to free member, you keep access to volumes you already bought. So its not a digital magazine, like SJalpha, its like an online stored digital collection of tankoubon.

Its definitely priced like downloads, not like streaming, at $5 for most volumes. When they launched the prices were basically print prices, but since then they've trimmed the prices to be more competitive with things like Viz's $5 ebooks at B&N's online shop.
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