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Japanese Publishers' JManga.com Portal Now in Beta (Updated)

posted on by Gia Manry
Digital Comics Association's official manga site to launch this year

Update: JManga notified ANN that the above list of manga titles, as well as the pricing model described in the user comments for this article, is not accurate for the final release, since they were obtained from an unauthorized login of the beta version. JManga also changed its website so that the opening date is now listed as just 2011.

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. The site will launch fully this spring, but the current beta version already contains free previews of the following manga:

The splash page for the site states that visitors will be able to read manga, connect with a community, and to "get to know" their favorite manga creators.

A representative of TOPPAN Printing informed ANN that Crunchyroll helped with "system development aspects" of the site. Crunchyroll formed a partnership with Bitway, a Japanese electronic book company originally launched by TOPPAN Printing, after Bitway invested US$750,000 in Crunchyroll.

Last June, the DCA and North American manga publishers formed a coalition against manga scan sites, and the coalition suggested that it might take legal action against these sites, although none have been reported at this time. The DCA currently includes the following publishers:

Thanks to maylo for the news tip.

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