News Kodansha to Put 6 Manga Mags' Issues Online After Quake
posted on 2011-03-26 03:00 EDT
In response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster, the Japanese publisher Kodansha has decided to distribute issues from Weekly Shōnen Magazine and five other manga magazines online for free. Kodansha Vice-President Yoshinobu Noma told Jiji Press the news on Friday.
Kodansha will distribute the manga sections of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Young Magazine, Morning, Evening, Be-Love, and Kiss — without advertising — online. The publisher will decide which issues to distribute, how to long to distribute the issues, and other details next week. For readers who want to read the magazines in print, Kodansha is offering its ordering service for back issues.
Another publisher, Shueisha, distributed the manga sections from this year's 15th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump online for free earlier this week. Many publishers announced that they will delay their magazines and books due to delivery problems and supply issues. The Asahi Shimbun paper reported on Saturday that over 100 children took turns reading one sole copy of the 16th Weekly Shonen Jump issue at a bookstore in Sendai — the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake.
Source: Jiji Press