View Full Version : What Does the Future Hold for emanga in America?
04-13-2009, 10:40 AM
Is the future of electronic manga downloads going to increase in America, or are the Japanese just more tech savvy than us...
I can buy a book from Amazon.ca, .com, or even .co.jp but I can't even buy a Kindel in Canada (or an Amazon MP3). iTunes Canada has FAR less stuff then iTunes US. As soon as you go electronic they want to carve up the world into regions.:horse:
DRM stuff... If it's locked to the device it's just a longer term rental.
Fragmented audiance. If publisher A is exclusive on iPhone, B on PSP, C on Kindel then what ever device you buy you are limited on what you can read. They need a standard format (like mp3 for music, but for eBooks) that will work on any device.
One other reason eBooks should be cheaper, you can't loan, give away, sell an eBook like you can a paper book.
04-20-2009, 04:08 PM
The biggest problem for emanga lies in the nature of manga. Since they are actually pages filled with artwork, they require screens with enough resolution and depth to do them justice. The only electronic devices currently that meets those needs are high resolution TV screens, computer monitors and laptops.
Cell phones and the current ebook readers simply do not have a large enough screen area to make the artwork look good even at high resolution. You usually have to scroll the screen in many different directions in order to see a single page of manga. Having to scroll just breaks down the reading experience.
A higher resolution version of the Kindle or the Sony eReader should solve that problem nicely since the current weakness isn't actually the physical screen size which is comparable to a paperback but the resolution and color/greyscale depth. It's very similar to the problem of getting PDFs to look good on a handheld device since PDFs are generally structured for higher resolution computer monitors. There is also the problem of a common format for reading such files. Kindle has its own format while Sony uses another. The best hope for a good emanga reading experience would be for a future Kindle or Sony ebook device or some other similar device to really take off in Japan.
You also have the DRM issues involved with electronic files since they are usually tied to one specific device and if the issuer of the files revokes a book, unless you have it backed up, you can't redownload it even if you paid for it.
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