Six Degree Works announced the release of the Japorn Books app for Android, selling erotic manga digitally.
However, they’re making a lot of mistakes. They’re promising “about 200 books”, but there’s no list of titles easily found on their website — which means to find out what’s available, you have to install their app. New users unsure of whether the material is of interest may not want to commit that much. I didn’t recognize any of the titles that were listed, either.
Their website is only intermittently available, erroring out for me about half the time I tried to load it.
They’re using the same kind of point system JManga was criticized for, where you have to buy “tickets”, then cash those in for access. That system often requires users to overpay, winding up with some number of tickets they can’t use or don’t want to, if they’ve sampled everything on the site that looks interesting to them.
Each book is said to cost “an average of 150 tickets”, but tickets are “available in quantities of 100 tickets, 500 tickets, 1050 tickets, and 2200 tickets.” Nowhere are we given the price of tickets; again, you need to install the app before you can find out the prices. You’ll also be dismayed to find that they expire after 180 days.
To actually read anything, once you install the Japorn app, you have to download and install a separate viewer app. It’s one built for Sugoi Books, which Brigid Alverson called “noticeably buggy“. Based on her description, this Japorn app is simply a specialized skin or filter for that earlier app release, since Sugoi also has the same (broken) ticket system; their tickets cost $1.30 for 100. And no refunds!
You also need “an andronavi membership” — I don’t even know what this is. Apparently, it’s some NEC system that adds yet another level of annoyance to the whole thing.
I have to admit, the only thing I like about this over-complicated, error-laden system is the punny title.