Morning Magazine Goes Same-Day Digitally in Japan
posted on by Egan Loo
Kodansha's Morning manga magazine debuted its new D Morning app in Japan on Thursday. This app will release the latest weekly issue of the magazine on Thursdays, the same day that the paper version hits the street. However, D Morning does not carry Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond or Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki's Billy Bat — two manga titles in the paper version. On the other hand, D Morning will have unique content such as Yamashita Kazumi Meisaku Yomikiri Gekijō (Kazumi Yamashita's Great One-Shot Manga Theater) and reprints of Kaiji Kawaguchi's completed Silent Service.
The app download and the first issue are free, and the monthly subscription costs 500 yen (about US$5) for four issues, each with over 300 pages.
This is the first time that a weekly manga magazine is offering a regular digital edition in Japan on the same day as the paper version. However, Viz Media has been releasing Shonen Jump digitally in North America on the same day that the paper Weekly Shonen Jump magazine comes out in Japan, since January.
Source: Comic Natalie