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Why Manga Publishing Is Dying And How It Could Get Better (io9 article) January 23, 2012

Posted by chiisai_hana in : manga , trackback

Read the article here. It provides a very interesting look at the Japanese and American markets, and talks about scanlations and doujinshi as well.

I recently started buying manga again, but then the companies started closing. It makes me hesitate to start buying anything. Now I’m stuck with random volumes and can never get the rest of the story – unless someone else picks it up, at which point I have to decide if it’s worth repurchasing. Past experience says no: I first bought Tactics when ADV had the title, then began buying it as a TokyoPop title … and still don’t have the whole thing!

I don’t think anyone will disagree about the market being over-saturated. It was hard to part with the $15-17/volume when the quality kept getting cheaper and cheaper, too.