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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More food for thought about manga - now in Digital!

Lots of people read manga online. OneManga and MangaFox are hugely popular for their online translations of Japanese manga.

They are also, however, largely illegal. Much (if not most) of the manga scanlations on these sites are unlicensed, and the publishers are cracking down.

OneManga has removed all of their scanlations (click here to see their FAQ about this change) and are now focusing on their series lists and online discussion forums.

MangaFox continues to host some licensed and unlicensed scanlations, but it's not clear how long that will continue.

It looks like the next step is for paid subscription websites to offer licensed scanlations, but things are still moving in that direction.

How does this affect you? Where will you get your latest and greatest manga?

How does this affect the Library? Will there be more manga published in English now that fewer people will be reading illegal translations online? Will there be more demand for the Library's collection?

What do you think?


  1. I hope it makes more people take out books in the library. I actually hate how so much manga is online for free. I dont have much money either but..that's what the library is for right? I do think they should keep the unlicensed stuff online since a lot won't come over or be translated in English. I also had a question... I was reading Pluto, which is awesome btw :) but... in the library you only have 1-3 and the 4 and 6 or something weird like that. I had to get the rest through link plus and wait a long time. I was wondering why isnt this series complete? And why are the volumes so sporadic? There have been a few other series missing volumes but this was by far the weirdest one.

    oh and why are some manga upstairs but others in the teen zone??

  2. There is a lot to think about. However, at a recent convention, New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival 2010, there was a professional conference about digital manga, graphic novels and comics. Here is my post on it.

    I have my own thoughts on the digital versions of manga, both as a fan and as a person with a focus on Library Science including Archives/Records Management and Presevation. I'll probably post up own thoughts in the near future.

    However to answer your question about libraries and digital manga, I say, it depends on the community interest. Even if you have a lot of money saved, if there is not that much circulation, the service might not be as helpful to the collection or institution. However, there is no harm in just trying it out and see what happens. (^_^) If it works in your library, go for it!