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Yahoo! Japan to start online manga distribution

posted on 2003-09-06 23:21 EDT
Yahoo! Japan will be giving fans the chance to read a variety of manga titles online for a small fee.

Source: Yahoo Japan

Starting on September 3, Yahoo! Japan will be launching a new manga distribution service called "Yahoo! Comic" (Japanese only).

Readers will be able to search through 1200 manga volumes, comprised of 288 manga titles by 26 different authors. These include some news releases, as well as old favorites like Tetsuwan Atom, Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider, Versailles no Bara, and others.

The chance to read the manga will be priced at about 280-360 yen per volume. Once readers pay this fee, they will be able to read the volume as many times as they want to for 80 days. There will also be a preview service that lets readers check out the first several pages of a volume for free. In order to view the manga, a special program must be downloaded beforehand.

Yahoo! Japan had just started the distribution of anime via the internet, but now they have announced the beginning of a manga distribution service named, "Yahoo! Comic" from September 3.

On the site, the viewers can search and choose the manga they want to read by the name of the author, title of the manga, or by browsing through the genres. There are a total of 1200 volumes of 288 different manga titles by 26 different authors, including such classics as "Tetsuwan Atom" (Astro Boy) by Osamu Tezuka, "Cyborg 009" and "Kamen Rider" (Masked Rider) by Shotaro Ishinomori, "Versailles no Bara" (The Rose of Versailles / Lady Oscar) by Riyoko Ikeda, "Onihei Hankachō" (Story of crime captures of Onihei) by Takao Saito, and many others.

The price for viewing the mangas is about 280 to 360 yen per volume, and you get to read it as many times as you want over a period of 80 days. The site also has a "tachiyomi" (a word used to describe how customers at a bookstore stand there and look through the books before buying) system by which the viewer can look through the first several pages of the mangas without having to pay. In order to read the mangas, the viewers must download a special program beforehand.

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