Viz Releases Bakuman 4 Digitally Before Print to iPad Users Only

Bakuman Book 4 cover
Bakuman Book 4
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Yesterday, Viz announced that the fourth volume of the Bakuman manga series would be available digitally on March 28th. The print version is due out April 5 (although Amazon says May 3).

I was excited. I enjoy reading the series, about teenagers who aspire to make their own hit manga, and I thought that this would be a good reason to try reading the official Viz release of manga online. However, a closer reading revealed that this was for iPad users only, since that’s the only place Viz offers their manga app.

I started wondering what sales of Volume 3 had been compared to the number of potential iPad customers, considering that only a subset of which had downloaded the app. Unfortunately, I promptly realized that I don’t have access to any of those numbers, so I wouldn’t be able to answer any of my questions.

I’m sure that those lucky people who own a $500 tablet find it a wonderful device on which to read manga and comics. Someday, I may be one of them. In the meantime, at least I have the books — even if I have to wait a week or more to get them.

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