It’s our biggest Manga Out Loud podcast ever, as Ed and I are joined by Brigid Alverson, Alexander Hoffman, Rob McMonigal, and Lissa Pattillo for over an hour of great discussion on the many legal ways to get manga online.
Among many other topics, we
- Enumerate the problems with the Square Enix website
- Try to answer the question why Apple doesn’t scrub their store for only legal manga apps
- Debate whether the iPad is the superior way to read digital comics
- Talk about JManga’s responsiveness and possible future plans
- Discuss how a company should act on Twitter and other social media policies
- Wonder about Vertical’s digital plans — since they’re the only major American manga publisher without an announcement so far
- Speculate on why publishers are concerned about people switching from print to digital purchases, based on a public understanding of costs involved
- Plead with Viz to put their out-of-print series out digitally
- Wander into the infamous pricing debate, plus pointing out how iTunes-accessible content is available to younger readers without credit cards via their ubiquitous gift cards
Be sure to visit the Manga Out Loud podcast website to get a comprehensive list of links, both to the various digital manga options and to other posts on the topic.