Digital Manga, Diamond Extend Booktrade Distribution Agreement

Jan 6th 2005
Digital Manga, Diamond Extend Booktrade Distribution Agreement

Digital Manga - having selected Diamond Book Distributors as the exclusive North American distributor of English-language editions of some of its top books - has extended its agreement with Diamond to include even more titles and properties.

In addition to the original agreement, Diamond will now also distribute more manga/yaoi titles as well as the highly successful Let's Draw Manga series. Also, in keeping up with the rising trend of comics as an education tool, a new line of non-fiction "edu-manga" will be distributed.

Digital Manga specializes in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the Western Hemisphere - specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime, manga, and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, Digital Manga serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop-culture institutions into global arenas.

"For months now, Digital Manga and Diamond have already been actively importing top-notch Japanese products into the U.S.," said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing Bill Schanes. "We're proud to take our relationship further with even more titles and lines from Digital Manga."

"We are pleased that Diamond recognizes in Digital Manga a unique product portfolio available no where else, and saw fit to an agreement which will increase our shelf presence and provide an added boost to our distinctive reputation in the manga market," stated Digital Manga CEO Hikaru Sasahara.

"With manga and related Japanese products and art continuing to make sales history through the U.S., this is a great opportunity to introduce a new piece of the diversity puzzle," added Schanes.

Diamond's Sales Team will begin working with bookstores, book wholesalers, warehouse clubs, mass merchandisers, and libraries to place Digital Manga's books across the country.

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