Thanks to a reader comment in my post on Tokyopop’s varying pricing, I was made aware that Viz appears to be standardizing on higher prices later this year. Previously, Shonen Jump titles were $7.99, while Shojo Beat books were $8.99. (A discrepancy that caused some conversation back in 2006. In that post, Christopher Butcher predicted this price rise, three years early.)
I read a lot more Shojo Beat titles, and the same is true of them. Here are just some samples:
High School Debut Book 11, September 1, $8.99 — Book 12, November 3, $9.99
Sand Chronicles Book 6, September 1, $8.99 — Book 7, January 5, 2010, $9.99
And the beloved Nana Book 18, September 1, $8.99 — Book 19, November 3, $9.99
(Wow, September 1 is going to be a great day for shojo manga. Must be targeting back-to-school shoppers.)
Overall, this isn’t particularly surprising. Publication prices are going up all over, and many people think manga’s all $10 or more anyway.
Update: Viz’s response is as follows: “VIZ Media made the decision to stay consistent with the pricing in the marketplace for this industry, which in some cases might be a slight increase from previous years.”
That makes sense to me. Will this change your buying habits at all?