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The future of YEN PLUS

Change is on the horizon for YEN PLUS! For the past two years, everyone at Yen has been working diligently to bring you the most diverse manga anthology in the market, and I could not be prouder of the publication that our staff has produced or more gratified by all of the fan support that we’ve received since the magazine launched in August of 2008. Thanks to you all!! We have introduced so many great new series to the market through Yen Plus – the manga adaptation of James Patterson’s MAXIMUM RIDE, Yen’s first #1 New York Times bestseller BLACK BUTLER, Svetlana Chmakova’s critically acclaimed NIGHTSCHOOL, one of my personal favorites PIG BRIDE (that last chapter is AWESOME!)…there are just too many to list them all! As with all things, though, change is inevitable. As the magazine industry changes and old models are eclipsed by new, so, too, must YEN PLUS change, and it is with that in mind that I can announce officially that the July 2010 issue of YEN PLUS will be its last in print.

Now before you despair too much, take a deep breath and focus on those last two words: “in print.” Yes, the print magazine will be no more, but YEN PLUS will live on as an online manga anthology! As such, it will have the ability to reach more readers than ever before while giving those same readers an option to peruse manga (and maybe some light novels?) legitimately online. Will there be other changes? Most definitely. You can expect to see content changes which we will announce when the time is right. Our commitment, however, is to keep bringing you the best and most diverse anthology experience every month.

So this is just your official head’s up that a new era for YEN PLUS is in the works. Details about our online launch, new content, etc. are all forthcoming. For those of you with subscriptions to the print version of the magazine, you will be receiving a full refund for any outstanding issues of your subscription beyond the July issue. We sincerely hope that you will opt to reinvest some of those funds back into the magazine’s new incarnation!

We want to thank everyone for their support of YEN PLUS these past two years and hope that you will continue to enjoy the magazine’s new digital iteration!

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160 Responses to “The future of YEN PLUS

  1. The online ver will be free then?? O_O

  2. [...] Plus goes digital Yen Press just dropped a bomb on Twitter, with a pointer to the publisher’s weblog: “As the magazine industry changes and old models are eclipsed by new, so, too, must YEN PLUS [...]

  3. I am one of those subscribers and have been following Yen Plus since the third one. I am disapointed in the news but hope that it will continue for a very long time online. It is the manga magazine with the best mangas. I also hope that you will make it available through an ipod/iphone/ipad app since it is where I reaf most of my electronic publication (rarely from the PC).

    Thanks

    stephane

  4. My friend and I have a few questions since we currently share my subscription.

    1. Will I be able to share Yen Plus with my friend like I do now with the current print version?

    2. What happens if I cancel my subscription? Do I lose access to the material that was released during the period of my subscription?

    3. Do you still plan to drop titles from the anthology in favor of pushing sales to the volumes?

    4. When I subscribe, do I get access to back issues I may have missed? If so, how many?

    I love Yen+ so hopefully my questions can be answered satisfactorily.

  5. I like this decision. I stopped buying the print anthology about a year ago when the comic shop I was purchasing it from went out of business. I guess my biggest question is whether or not there will be a substantial amount of back issues.

  6. I agree; this is a good decision. It makes Yen Plus a lot more accessible now, and hopefully other publishers will start following suit with online magazines.

    Also, does that mean that you’ll be able to serialize more titles? It would be awesome if you added some more variety to the magazine now that you don’t have to worry about printing costs.

    Oh and, does that mean that this site will be getting revamped? With forums and user accounts? =D

  7. I can’t say that I’m pleased with this decision. I realize that you are trying to combat scanlation sites, but what about those of us who don’t read them? I do not derive any enjoyment from reading on a computer – you lose the entire tactile experience. Would it be so economically difficult to maintain a print version along with an e-version? (Honest question there, not veiled insult.) Not only do I (and my sisters) enjoy reading the physical magazine, we also enjoy receiving it in the mail.

    I am sorry to see what I consider the demise of the magazine. This may sound close-minded of me, and I do wish you luck. I’m just displeased with your decision.

  8. if it’s online,is it free?and also I live in the philppines,will it be available in our region?or is it open worldwide access?I hope so.Also,will you release those new titles from online into a graphic novel also?

  9. I’m thoroughly displeased with this decision. I read Yen Plus so that I don’t have to read my manga online. Now I have to wait for you to put out the graphic novels, which is fine, except it takes much longer to put out. I understand you want to combat scanslations, but I feel this is NOT the way to do it. I would rather you stopped the magazine completely and upped the amount of graphic novels you put out each month or year, than have the aggravation have of waiting a ridiculously long time to get the next installment of the stories. I’m sorry if I sound mean, or if I seem to be “ungreen” but I like to be able to hold the product I pay for.

    Please take my comments into your consideration.

  10. Supermutant Says:

    This really sucks. Reading online isn’t the same as reading it in hand. :(

  11. [...] Yen Plus magazine is ending its print edition and going to a digital-only format. Kurt Hassler breaks the news at the Yen Press [...]

  12. Ew… another great magazine about to be ruined. Don’t you people realize that when a magazine goes paperless its just not as good anymore? LAME.

  13. Maybe one of the changes will be that they’ll release more chapters of each series a month so that the volumes come out quicker?? That would be nice.

  14. I’m curious as to how the online edition will work, and whether it will be free or not.

    I really enjoyed the print version, and just got May’s copy today. I can’t remember when my sub runs out, so I’m hoping there will be back issues for any I miss during the transition.

    Will Nightschool still be a monthly comic, but online? Or will it just be every 5 or so months as tankoban?

  15. What do you guys mean by “content changes”, precisely?

  16. I’m disappointed, I didn’t mind paying the subs. Keep it going please.

  17. Brazilian Guy Says:

    People from other countries will have access?

  18. Im not too sure I like this idea… Honestly, I thought that there would be problems soon because of this economy but..

    Well, if its free, then that will be nice, but I have a feeling that the online edition wont be.. And the only way I was able to get the magazine was buying it in stores because my parents dont want to purchase a subscription, so if its online and requires a fee, then I will be unable to keep reading Yen+ :(

    And there are several online manga reading websites, many of them releasing the latest chapters as they come out in Japan.. and frankly they are farther in the translation than Yen+. But if I just wanted to read the manga, then I wouldnt buy the magazine! Its nice to have it in paper, and be able to physically hold it in your hands while you read..

    WELL I digress. Im sad to see Yen+ leaving print, but I hope I can still support you guys anyway.

  19. This seems to be happening a lot to me lately: I’ve gotten into something, say a book or magazine *cough*, only for it to go out of print. The very first Yen+ mag i picked up out of curiousity was last months, the March 2010. I suppose this will up my motivation to go buy them monthly now, since I like having things that are no longer in print. Still sucks that you guys are canceling the magazine, though I understand your reasons.
    I wish you guys luck for the future!

  20. “For those of you with subscriptions to the print version of the magazine, you will be receiving a full refund for any outstanding issues of your subscription beyond the July issue. We sincerely hope that you will opt to reinvest some of those funds back into the magazine’s new incarnation!”

    So I take it that the online version will NOT be free, then?

    That’s completely fine by me, but some clarification would be nice. Also, I echo Brazilian Guy’s question: You guys aren’t going to block access from other countries, are you? (Please please don’t!)

  21. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION!!. It’s nice that you guys are moving to distribute this online. It would be nice if OTHER companies would look at you guys and follow suit.

  22. I have to admit that I’m disappointed by the decision. I LOVE MY MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION! Receiving the magazine in the mail is a highlight of the month for me. It’s an emotional pick-me-up in a sea of mail dominated by monthly bills. I understand the many reasons for you to decide to move online. But I choose to be stubbornly selfish on this issue. I want my hard paper copy that I can read in any room and from any sitting position, dang it! Despite my extreme dislike of this decision, you can be sure I’ll follow the online version. The stories are too compelling to give up at this point.

  23. While I understand the need to change with the times, I will greatly miss having a print version of the magazine. I know that such a publication can be expensive to produce but I do truly enjoy reading off paper rather than a screen when it comes to comics/manga.

  24. Ack, I JUST ordered a subscription last month! >_<; And still waiting for my first issue to arrive (since it takes 4-6 weeks after subscribing). Guess the July issue will be my first and last one ^^; Oh well…
    I'll keep my eye out for news on the online version!

  25. So you’re finally abandoning a print serial. Thank God. And since you’re moving online, were all the illegitimate manga browsing happens, we can all expect Yen Press to leak subscribers like a punctured newspaper.

    I’m looking forward to a future where you guys release tankoubons QUICKLY instead of using your magazine to wring money out of the fans.

    Seriously, THREE SOUL EATER VOLUMES IN A YEAR? Unacceptable.

  26. This is the stupidest idea ever now its going to be online i hate that idea, the computer is taking over everything books are the best you can sit and relax while reading them and on the stupid computer your eyes start to hurt after awhile and you get tired of being online. Yen Plus was my favorite magazine and i just recently subscribed too.

  27. I have to admit I am disappointed. Yen Plus has only been out for what? 2, maybe 3 years? And then the sudden quits?
    Oh well, all good things must come to an end, I suppose.

    Good luck on your future plans, YP. I will still purchase titles from you, but won’t waste my money on an online solution.

    <3 Allice

  28. OVER9,000FACEPALMS!!! Says:

    Are you serious?!?! I just got done tracking down all the back issues….ALL!!!!….I mean from Vol 1 #1 to Now!!! I just received the final one I was missing like a week ago! Then I subscribe like a week ago! And, now THIS!?!?! OMG!! Thanks for the heads up Yen!!! YOU GUYS SUCK!!!! THANKS A LOT FOR NOTHING!!! Well, at least I know I’ll have the full set. And, Is this online mag gonna be free? Because ya’ll are crazy if you think people will pay for an online mag. If I have to read it on the computer, I’ll just go read it off of a scanlation site!!!!! You guys are trying to “combat” the scanlation sites? All this is gonna do is drive more people to those sites, worst decision ever!!! FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. OVER9,000FACEPALMS!!! Says:

    GAH!!! I just spent like $200 getting all the back issues!! YOU SUCK!!!

  30. OVER9,000FACEPALMS!!! Says:

    Sorry, you guys don’t really suck, I’m just pissed! But, this really is pure fail. And, no I won’t really read it off of scanlation sites, I hate scanlation sites. They are ruining manga/comics in America. But, reading manga on the computer sucks!! I really wish you would change your mind. :(

  31. I know why you’re doing this, but if this online anthology isn’t free then I’m most likely not going to support it. Sorry but I could read most of YenPress’s titles online for free anyway (like most people), the only reason I buy in print is to support the authors and to have a PHYSICAL copy.

    I’ll continue buying manga/light novels from YenPress, but only because I like the titles. Honestly the decisions this company makes always seems to make me angry. :(

  32. Agree with Jennifer. My wife and I have every issue of Yen Plus, and we’re not particularly fond of reading manga online. “Changing with the times” doesn’t seem to be a particularly compelling rationale for this type of change, and I suspect there are other rationales.

    Don’t get me wrong; we occasionally purchase electronic media (and we have Maximum Ride on the Kindle); but so far electronic formats have been inferior to print, including use of the iPad (the Marvel app is nice; still not print). It is less likely that I will be exposed to some of the things I was exposed to from Yen; I probably wouldn’t have looked twice at Pig Bride, for example, were it not for the magazine.

    For this type of change to be the least bit palatable, I’d expect to be able to own copies of the manga I purchase, without being encumbered by DRM (which was one of Maximum Ride’s failings, the rest of which were mainly Kindle-inflicted). Ownership of materials = good. Licensing & temporary access to materials = not so good. Even then, it’s a bit of a hard sell. I’ll be happy to change my mind if you provide a compelling substitute.

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  34. [...] Yen Plus magazine is ending its print edition and going to a digital-only format. Kurt Hassler breaks the news at the Yen Press [...]

  35. I hope this will lead to bigger embrace of digital content from Yen. I would love to have your light novels avaible as ebooks for example

  36. I may not have a subscription but I do take pleasure in buying the magazine every month and seeing them on my shelf. That being said I’m displeased by the fact that you will be moving to online only.

    Where will that leave those without internet that read it too, or those who only have internet access through their phone (like me)? Besides I bought and read it so I don’t have to hurt my eyes and read manga online.

    This is one move I won’t be following, I’ll just be on the look out for the released volumes.

  37. The main value prop. for Yen+ just went out the door. Absent wanting to fund the mangaka, and maybe a want for a really accurate translation, there’s no good reason NOT to use scanlations…which aren’t going away any time soon, as sad as that may be. People wanted something to hold, something to take anywhere and read on paper. Anthologies are novel in America but they’re cool as a reader and keepsake, but now that logic no longer applies for many of us.

    Y+:
    +Legal
    +Official translation
    -Subscription w/ pay-wall and registration process
    -Questionable access to back-chapters
    -You can’t keep it or read it without a device
    -Dated compared to alternatives

    Scanlations:
    -Illegal
    -You don’t support the mangaka
    -Somewhat questionable translations
    +Current/Fast (within a week of Japan issue) <<–This is the biggie
    +Free
    +Easy access
    +Shareable

    Absent some radical (and I mean REALLY radical) moves from Yen Press…this is a bad move…unless this makes + cost nothing to run, and it'll just kinda be there…I doubt there'll be too many readers though.

  38. [...] case you missed it yesterday, the big news was that Yen Press will no longer be publishing Yen Plus magazine in print; the manga anthology will go online, but there seem to be questions yet about how exactly that will [...]

  39. [...] on the web, folks have been buzzing about Yen Press’s announcement that Yen+ will be going digital this summer. Brigid Alverson broke the news, and Gia Manry solicited further details from Kurt Hasseler. I [...]

  40. I’m very sad to hear this, though I can’t say I’m surprised; I’ve been expecting this since Shojo Beat ceased publication last summer. It’s good that there will be an online edition, but as an older person with very poor eyesight, that is not a viable option for me. I will continue to purchase the print manga you publish that I follow, and I wish you the best in these tumultuous economic times.

  41. Honestly, I’m very saddened. It’s shojo beat all over again. When I found this magazine with the cover art created by Svetlana Chamakova, I was excited reading some really great manga/ manhwa. Like many others have posted here, it won’t feel the same without holding a thick magazine.

  42. Beth Silver Says:

    Just this weekend past I was extoling Yen Plus’ virtues to a friend. I jumped off the couch and pulled a couple issues off the shelf. He was impressed by the quality of the printing, thickness of the volumes and overall tactile beauty of the magazine. I love being able to read the magazine in bed, while I’m eating, riding the train or outside on my porch. I like the smell, the huge size of the pages and the feel of it in my hand. I never read scanslations, because I spend 8 hours on the computer at work and the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen when I get home.
    I can only see the switch to digital as the death of the magazine. I truly mourn this as it was the best anthology on the market, a joy to recieve in the mail each month and introduced me to series like Gossip Girls or Soul Eater that I would never have read on my own.
    Please reconsider your decision. This is a great way to loose your reader base, not expand it. Having an online copy for those who don’t want the physical magazine is one thing, but to do away with the pulp one entirely is crazy.

  43. Awesome…Not. I have dialup at home and as such I’m not going to waste my time trying to load something like this. I also donate my old copies to my college’s anime club and I don’t know how I’m going to do so with a digital copy.

  44. [...] Press has announced that their final print volume of Yen Plus will be published July 2010. The first volume of their [...]

  45. I for one look forward to this. Yes, print has some advantages over reading online, but as certain unsavory websites have shown, there are a lot of people who don’t mind reading manga on a computer.

    I’ll admit I hadn’t subscribed to Yen+ before, but depending on the price and number of titles available, I might look into an online subscription.

    Even more than that, though, would it be possible to have some free previews, even of just the first chapter?

    My local comic shop, wonderful as it is, doesn’t stock that many Yen titles, and regular bookstores are even more hit-and-miss. I’d like to know what I’m getting myself into before buying a volume online, but aside from a handful of “Look Inside”s on Amazon (and the aforementioned unsavory sites,) there isn’t any way for me to do so.

  46. Can’t any manga mag making it anymore?? T_T Why does Japan get to have hundreds of awesome manga coming out in phone-book size WEEKLY and our bigger country and market can’t even support two monthly magazines? I freaking hate Shonen Jump and it’s the last one there is now.

  47. Ugh, I understand why you’re doing this, and I’ll continue to buy the volumes of the series I really enjoy, but don’t expect me to pay to read your mag online. Not going to happen. Reading on the computer gives me migraines. x_x

  48. [...] case you missed it yesterday, the big news was that Yen Press will no longer be publishing Yen Plus magazine in print; the manga anthology will go online, but there seem to be questions yet about how exactly that will [...]

  49. Your Yen Plus had a horrible business model. I bought it for the first 8 or so months before I realized that I was being sucked in, only to have the manga change so you could force me to buy volumes. Deceptive and annoying. You should have just followed Shonen Jump’s lead in that respect.

    I still buy a couple of your titles, but really, your business practices, along with your blatant, unprofessional preference of B&N (publishers should *NOT* play favorites), make you guys my least favorite of the manga companies. Hopefully you shape up soon.

  50. I must admit I’m not pleased with this decision. What made this comic anthology so awesome was how it could be shared offline with interested parties. That said, I wish Yen Press nothing but the best of luck and success with their new print model.

  51. Kathleen A. Says:

    Wow. I have been with you guys since issue one. I remember as if it were yesterday seeing that cover of Angel and Max in the store and thinking, “Well, now! What’s this?” and then flipping it over and seeing Soul Eater for the first time.

    There have been ups and downs between us, Yen Plus, but you’ve usually addressed readers’ concerns and things have worked out… which is why it might have been nice if you had asked for our input before making such a sweeping decision. This isn’t the first time a cluster you-know-what could have been avoided had you simply asked first instead of going with (generally unwelcome) “industry reason.” I for one would have opposed the idea of an electronic only version. Making both versions available might have been a better way to go. Now I suppose your decision is already made and you can’t or won’t consider reversing it.

    I’m just pissed. And sad. I also suspect that – unless this new incarnation of Yen Plus astoundingly answers all my concerns in an unexpected way – you have, after all this time, finally lost me for good.

    First up, I just prefer a paper copy in my hands. Sitting in front of a computer screen just isn’t gonna do it for me. (It’s like being at work! Yay.) I also share my issues with a friend – which is kinda hard to do with a computer or phone screen. Secondly, those who have mentioned that if people are forced to read their manga online anyway, why should they pay for it when they can read scanlations for free make a strong point. (In an ideal world, we would all feel ethically compelled to support the artists and legit sources. However, I’m sure it’s no newsflash that this NOT an ideal world.)

    Furthermore, while I’m sure this move to an electronic version is fabulous news for people with fancy phones and/or speedy, unlimited internet access in their homes, has it occurred to you that not everyone has this stuff? I’m not going so far as to call you elitist b*st*rds, but you ARE leaving a lot of less financially-gifted potential consumers out in the cold. (The economy? Minutely better, but still sucks. Manga, while super fun is – let’s face it – not necessary to survival.)

    Damn. You let me down, guys. Now when I think of all the money that I’ve funneled out of my not-so-well-lined pockets and into yours over the last two years, I now have regret.

  52. I’m sure it was a hard decision- good luck, Yen Press!! XD

  53. yay, wasted more money subscribing to a magazine that decides to shut down right away…

  54. Kathleen, you say that Yen Press should have asked for fan input before doing this. I’m absolutely certain that the fan reaction would have been in favor of keeping Yen Plus in print. Does that mean that Yen Press should continue to do so, even if it no longer makes financial sense (and possibly never did)?

    I am absolutely positively bummed about this. But Yen Press is not a charity; they have to make business decisions, including unpopular ones sometimes. Either way, there’s no need to “regret” your past purchases; they haven’t gone down in value. If you have all the issues, try this – read the whole stack through again, starting from issue 1. I currently am in the midst of this, even though I started about two months ago… it’s a good way to get an appreciation of just how much content Yen Plus has given us over the years.

    I hope that some other company can come along and give us a spiritual successor to Yen Plus, but I’m not holding my breath.

  55. You know what, if it means that the Yen+ manga will get more volumes out a year (say 4-6, instead of 2 or 3) then I say it’s worth it and I’m all for it.

    I just want more Nabari no Ou :)

  56. I didn’t even have a clue about this happening until I read it in a forum. I was totally surprised. and as many others are, I’m really displeased with this decision. I was excited when I found another manga magazine besides Shonen Jump (which I also get)still being published here, so just last month I had gotten a subscription to the magazine and I was able to get all of the back issues as well. so I was looking forward to continuing my collection. I really prefer to have a hard copy of what I am reading as opposed to reading it online. it’s easier in so many ways, not counting easier on the eyes. plus being able to see a whole page without scrolling is a real plus to me. personally, I would not pay to read a magazine online.

    it’s really sad to me that yet another manga magazine is going to stop printing.

  57. Magazines are dead, period. All of the niche ones (such as manga magazines) will be the first to go, and in the next few decades the more popular ones will die off as well.

    That’s the way things are. Look at television; that’s also starting to die off. And DVDs are already being replaced by online rentals and downloading. Blockbuster is on the verge of extinction because of Netflix.

  58. I know a lot of people will be angry about it, but I’m more of the sort of person that likes having the manga volumes in my hand, rather than an anthology of different series (many which I might not even like to begin with ). I only buy manga anthologies when they come with extras (much like my issues of G’s Festival Comic, and other Japanese publications ).

    That being said, I really hope that if there’s an actual subscription fee for the online version of Yen Plus, that you will put more money towards getting the regular volumes of manga out quicker, and possibly more series brought over than you have at the current moment.

    Granted, in my personal opinion, I think you will lose a lot of your readership as far as Yen Plus actually goes. I know very well the problems of trying to have customers even just give out their e-mail address for a free card (I work at a Borders ). There are still many, many people that do not have internet access, even in today’s ‘digital age’. And these people don’t just cover the elderly – there are plenty of kids in their teens, and adults in their twenties and thirties that don’t have the internet as well. You’re also going to have to expect that a lot of regular teens will have to either drop subscriptions or they won’t be getting the anthology at all anymore because they don’t have access to their parents’ credit card and may not be able to use it for an ‘online solution’. There are plenty of those sorts around the area where I live that come to my work to buy Yen Plus every month with cash.

    All in all, I’m unsure as to my stance with you guys getting rid of the actual publication and moving towards digital copies of things. It almost seems like a slippery slope, so to speak, in my eyes.

  59. Kathleen A. Says:

    @Albright

    Dude. First, thanks for assuming I’m an idiot. Allow me to assure you that I clearly understand the market system. Second, no one likes a kiss@$$.

    To clarify, my regret is not that I purchased the issues per se; it’s that I kept giving my cash to a company who continually disregarded my (our) feelings on matters until AFTER the missteps were made. But like a bad relationship, I loved Yen Plus enough to continue to give them chances. Now I see that we should have broken up several “mistakes” ago.

  60. I can’t deny that I’m not in shock. I was just going on yesterday aboutnot being able to wait for the next volume of YEN+… I really wish you guys asked for our (all of us fans) opinion before you made such a huge decision. Like a lot of others have said, I don’t like (more like loath the idea) the idea of reading manga online. I’m a hands-on type of gal; I like having the paper version in my hand. Unlike everything else I do that is techy, I just can’t keep my attention on a bright screen in front of my face.
    To me, it’s impossible to even get imersed into it that way; when I read out of a paper version, I don’t even notice things going on around me. I realize that scanlation websites are tough competition, but the alternative of both versions seems like a better choice.
    You’ve disappointed me YEN+, I didn’t think you were going to make such a huge decision without the fans input. I hope you read the comments on here…
    I’ll miss going to the bookstore every month for you magazine ( and an excuse to go to the bookstore) ;(

  61. Can’t wait for my last two subscriptions to come in.
    Thank you, Yen Plus was amazing while it lasted. ;333

  62. Well, fabulous. I didn’t buy the magazine in the first place, but with the money you should have left over, as most have stated, you could buy more series, release volumes faster, and probably license more light novels hopefully keeping the original cover, at least on a hardback form while still raking in plenty of cash.

  63. I’m curious. I quit yenplus because I rather want to buy the Volumes than read a manga over several yen plus. The new on-line way can provide more options.

    But do remember that you don’t only cater to a US consumer but to a world of (half) English speaking people. like Crunchy roll It’s not interesting to subscribe if I can only read a small selection.

    I do belief

  64. How does this effect those that have subscriptions? o_o Will they get their money back? Or if depending on when they started their subrscription and they got a lot of money left… can they just buy a manga volume? >_>

    Or if the online thing is not for free then our money get transfer to that?

  65. I really do like having the print versions…but a business is a business, and that’s the way it is sometimes. Maybe the economy also has somthing to do with their non-existant drawing contest for amatuers…

  66. I’m almost happy I didn’t renew my subscription after New Year’s.

    I’m sad you’re ending the only worthy manga zasshi in the U.S.

    I’m nagged by the feeling you’re gonna give something nice to the subscribers who stuck to the end and I should’ve renewed my subscription after New Year’s.

    And Kurt, two years? Aren’t you jumping the gun a little? (ohwaityoumeantinthefuture)

    (Also, what about the aspiring artists who are sending in their submissions, desperately wanting to be published? [ohyeahtheinternetnow])

  67. [...] announced it first through it’s twitter feed.  Yen Plus, their anthology magazine would be going digital.  Details are still sketchy, but the gist of it is that the last print issue of the magazine will [...]

  68. @h8GWB That could easily be solved if you/Yen Press has a scanner:)

  69. Akashic Librarian Says:

    PLEASE, if a flash-based viewer is going to be used, don’t just use an unchanged version of the Square Enix / Gangan Online viewer, and avoid anything crap like with Viz’s Comic IKKI.
    100% proper HQ full screen page viewing with auto-hide navigation bar and simpler mouse-click on page page-turning would likely be very much appreciated by all.
    (http://club.shogakukan.co.jp being an example of the above features)
    Maybe it’s asking a lot, but something that incorporates the best features of both the Gangan Online and Club Sunday viewers would be ultimate, and probably succeed in winning over many of those currently reluctant to switch to the online version.

  70. Oh man…. does this mean I have to pay online to read ne manga? I’m used to go to bookstores and pay in cash… I’m not used with buying things online especially if it need credit card.

  71. Akashic Librarian Says:

    Actually, my bad. The Gangan viewer does have on-page mouse-click page-turning, but the 100% proper full screen page viewing with auto-hide navigation bar is still a suggestion/request in full effect.

  72. [...] Vége a Yen Plusnak. Mármint nyomtatott verzióban, innent?l kezdve a neten fog megjelenni havonta az újság. Gondolom gazdasági okokból, kevés el?fizet?, drága nyomtatás stb. szóval az újság a júliusi számmal megsz?nik létezni papír formában. A részletek még kicsit homályosak, mint például a jöv?ben is futó sorozatok, na meg az el?fizetés kérdése… de a lényeg az hogy már megint kifújt egy fasza újság, mert mindenki sajnálja rá a pénzt. (nem izélek, én is sokalltam rá egy kicsit a 3-4eFt-ot…) [...]

  73. [...] the ever shrinking market for magazines and equally shrinking print ad sales market, Yen Press has announced that its Yen+ monthly anthology will be going online only as of August [...]

  74. I applaud you on taking your battle against piracy to the competition route. It’s better than litigation, I’ll tell you that.

    I never subscribed to yen plus, but I just wonder this:

    iPhone/iPad/Android/Nook/Kindle, etc, will you be moving towards publishing to these formats with this new, stateless digital edition? Will you make strives to make your content as portable as possible? Or are people only going to be allowed to read yen plus on their PCs/Laptops and be locked out otherwise?

  75. [...] mangakustantaja Yen Press lakkaa julkaisemasta Yen Plus -lehteään [...]

  76. Yen Press, please do remember that quality still counts when putting up the latest chapters of each series!!!

  77. [...] Yen Press bejelentése szerint, a havonta megjelen? manga antológia magazinja, a Yen Plus a nyomtatott formátumról [...]

  78. In addition to the (presumably subscription?) online service… how about some form of outsourced print-on-demand service for the weirdos who still like dead trees?

  79. Un-be-freakin’-lievable. First Newtype USA, way back when…then Protoculture Addicts goes to some kinda semi-annual schedule…now this. Are you all you guys in the industry just determined to kick me in the groin again and again and again until I curl up and die? I have all your back issues. I bought all your issues in bookstores because I didn’t trust my local post office to deliver them undamaged. I’ll probably subscribe to your online thing because there’s really not a lot of (legal) choices. But just for the record, yes, you guys do indeed suck big time.

  80. I’m sad about the change. I enjoyed sharing the magazine with my friends and sister. I’ll be waiting to see how the on-line version works, otherwise I guess I’ll just switch to buying the books.

  81. Akashic Librarian Says:

    >>MoonShadow
    Why suggest that when it’ll all be available on dead trees via the published volumes? The double dip printing you’re makes absolutely no sense.

  82. Well you guys never fail to disappoint. But, for once I agree with your decision. Only because it’s a waste paper. Another disappointment is the fact that there is no new S&W cover for volume two. You have undoubtedly chosen one by now, and have not made it public. Why? Could it be worse than the first one? Surely not. It worries me. The first volume of the S&W manga was done poorly as well, with odd(read, way off) font sizes. And another ruined cover. Keep up the mediocre work.

  83. I’m rather unhappy to read this–in fact, I came to the site today to get the phone number to the subscription line, so I could change my mailing address, because I look forward to the magazine every month. I MUCH prefer reading a real book to reading something online. Reading extensively on the computer gives me headaches, and it’s much easier to stick the magazine in my briefcase or purse than it is to carry around my laptop (as the magazine is smaller and lighter). I’ve been a reader since the very first issue, and I’ve talked the magazine up to everyone who will listen. I’m very disappointed in this announcement.

  84. I see this as a potential good and a potential bad thing. I love having a physical copy of Yen+ on me during those long school days. It’s an escape and it makes reading more than one manga/manwha easier and enjoyable to follow… carrying around a bulky laptop can be cumbersome. But I will still stick by Yen+ all the way.

    Regardless of the magazine edition going online or not; I’d just wait for the serialization of the manga/manwha in volumes.

    I’m not sad about the change nor am I excited. Since the internet makes everything easier and convenient as it is. Though, I will miss having the latest issue in my messenger bag…

  85. [...] finding it at two separate stores so I went to the website to check the release date, only to find this blog post breaking the bad news [...]

  86. I’m sorry, but that is the DUMBEST idea I have ever heard. I mean really, updating online? Updating Nightschool and Maximum Ride is the only thing that makes since to me. Everything else, well, it’s nothing new. I’ve been reading Black Butler for ages online, thanks to fan scans and what not. If I wanted to read manga online, I would just go to a site that does that kind of thing. All you’re doing is wasting time and losing money pretty much. It’s really, really dumb, but whatever.

  87. YAH NIGHTSCHOOL!
    anyone know were i can buy it? or brouse inside it?


  88. can we still get cool freebies if it’s online?
    Like a Sebastian poster?

  89. Speaking of moving forward and going digital (well, depending on who you ask), I’d love to see Yen Plus’ novels on Amazon’s Kindle. I already own printed copies of both Haruhi books and Spice & Wolf, but I would re-buy them again for the convenience of portability. :)

  90. I’m sorry to see the magazine go. It is a favorite collection for me, giving me a look into series I never would have checked out on my own. I never pay for on-line content, preferring to pay for things I can physically hold in my hand, put on my shelf, and carry around, so this will be “good-bye.” I’ll miss you, though I will probably continue to pick up the manga I liked best from the pages of Yen Plus.

  91. This idea is ok,but not everyone can access the internet 24/7,I rather buy the magazine and keep my collection going,to read it online will be dispointing for me in general

  92. I’m indifferent to this decision you’ve made because I love your translations but I want to know if this will be free or at least dirt cheap because I won’t support it if it’s the same price to read online as in print

  93. Please bring the Higurashi/When They Cry and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya manga to Phoenix Arizona everyone thinks im on crack when i ask for them and i cant buy them online :(

  94. i forgot to add a link so here it is please help me :(

  95. [...] week Yen Press announced on their website the future of their monthly manga anthology , Yen Plus – their upcoming July 2010 release [...]

  96. I can’t see how this will be better than the printed version. I always look forward to it, and now will I have to pay over the internet? That’s always a huge hassle and if it’s free will you have to rely solely on advertisemnt and the series you have so far?

  97. [...] manga industry – one merely has to purchase the shows and manga series one actually likes. Yen Press has got a handle on the right idea – their magazine service went online so that they …. You have to pay for it, but hey, who wouldn’t pay for it if it had the content you wanted, [...]

  98. I just got my refund from yen press. I was surprised. I’m ok with this I guess but truthfully I’d rather have the magazine in my hands. Everything is getting digital now and I’m sort of tired of it. I enjoy reading books and magazines in my hands. That’s why I’m sort of against e-books.

    One question. Is going to be a June and July issue out in print? If so then I’d like to get it but I guess I have to go to my city’s Japantown to get them =/ *sigh* I haven’t paid for the magazines in full price in so long.

    Also one more question. Is this going to be free? If it isn’t then it’s not going to be that great (for Yen Press not the readers). I think this isn’t such a great idea because there are many manga hosting sites online and Yen Press is going to have to do a better job at monitoring websites because there are many large and small free manga hosting sites that are still hosting certain mangas and manhwas that are released by Yen Press

  99. What about people that like to read back? We would have to go back about dozen issues just to read one magazine, so there better be a fast go-to button or you might lose a lot of readers

  100. I’m really saddened by this too. You guys were the last, quality American manga mag. To see you guys go is a huge blow to the American manga industry. I understand costs are high and your subs probably aren’t sustaining you with the economy being what it is right now, but I hope you won’t kill of the idea of bringing the print mag back once things pick up again a little. I’ll admit I couldn’t afford to subscribe this time around, but I definitely will if you ever bring it back.

  101. I love books in the manga

  102. I was wondering, now that it’s officially online, if it is possible to get both new and old issues on portable devices like the Kindle? It would be worth squirreling away some memory to catch up, in fact heck even read old issues of a great magazine, but a great alternative then reading it online. :)

  103. I definitely want to view this online although the prints looks so amazing. Can Canadians subscribe to it by all means, please make it possible right from the start?

  104. Alerrison Says:

    As a reader of SE, PH, and Kuro, this irritates me. I understand you want to stop scanlations, but that’s what gets me- I read PH and Kuro long before they were taken up by Yen Press, and when I found out that they were picked up I was ecstatic. By that time, I had wanted to own my own copies for so long- with proper pictures that aren’t ruined by the scans, and translations that I know are proper (although many scanlation groups are fine with translations so I’ve never had a problem.). I’d be able to read through them whenever I wanted, love the characters all over again, and drool over the cover art.
    But now I have a problem. I’ve always bought series that I love when they are translated and produced in volumes. But now, knowing that I must wait years in order for those series to catch up before I can find out what is happening next, I am so angry. All three of those series are lovely, and currently in the middle of very suspenseful arcs. I understand you want people to buy your products, but proper fans will buy them, even if they are scanlation readers, for the love of owning it. By taking these away from people you are killing a big part of your fan base.
    I will continue to buy the series I love, but I will certainly never subscribe to whatever you put out, nor will I ever be please about the long wait to see where these series are finally going.
    Perhaps you could contact scanlation sites like OM or MF, and ask them to remove up to where you have. It might be a hassle, but it would allow people who have read up to Japanese releases to continue following, yet prevent people from reading what you’ve done so far. I don’t know if that is possible, but if it is it might certainly solve some problems.

    I’m sorry for the rant, but this change does irritate me to no end.
    -Alerrison

  105. I’m not really happy with this. I mean, the one good thing is for sure, that I’ll still be able to keep up with NnO, but that’s what I originally got the magazine for, in the first place. I have something of a dislike of scanlations, but, really….

    I have to agree with Alerrison, though. NnO is 9 volumes ahead in Japan, and they’re going to be closing in on a 13th soon. I already know that I’m going to have to wait two years just to get to the point that the manga is currently at. I’d hate having to wait that long.

    My only problem is, also, that if you only accept subscriptions to read the magazine online. If we can’t buy one at a time…then I wouldn’t be able to support the magazine. I’d never get enough money to get a subscription, and then there’s the problem that I may lose internet access for a long while…

    Please, please, please, reconsider this. I know you’re trying to do good, but…I lost another favorite magazine, and now it feels like I’m losing another. It’s a different feeling to read a comic in your own hands than it is online. An entirely different feeling.

  106. Manic Monkey Says:

    Good luck with the online edition.

    I can’t stand reading magazines online but at least now its motivation to buy the graphic novels.

  107. I feel the same as a good deal of the other people. It’s Shojo Beat all over again. It’s like none of the really great manga magazines in America can survive. I have frequent computer problems so I probably won’t be using the online version especially if I have to pay. That and I like having a physical copy in my hands to take with me wherever. That’s hard to do with an online edition if you don’t have good internet access. I’ll just buy the volumes, but I’m very disappointed in this decision. You could loose a lot of readers, but you’ll gain some too, of course. Well, good luck then. I won’t support the online version of course.
    ~Anna

  108. First Shojo Beat and now you guys.. what’s wrong with you people? I love having my magazine delived by mail. Ever since Shojo Beat went out of business you are my source for shojo. I guess I’m stuck with Shonen Jump solely again. I’m really, really disappointed with your decision. I sincerely think you are going to lose a huge chunck of fan base (my humble opinion). I will wait and see how this online thing will work out.

  109. i dont like this decision. what if i wanted to bring it around to read? i don’t have a laptop so i can use he internet when i’m out. did yous guys think about that? plus i hate reading in front of a computer monitor for long. thats the reason why i commented so late to this. too much read in front of a screen is not good for the eyes. if you guys could do both online and a print version that would be great but if it is only online than i’m not interested

  110. Ok. This is a really bad decision. Yeah, I know. Saving paper and all that jazz. But seriously? The whole point of the magazine was to be able to take it around with you. Now what’s it good for? Manga is already online for free. There is much better fanart online too. I want freebies. An online version cannot offer me that. What will keep me coming back for Yen Press Magazine?!? Oh, right. Nothing. At all. This, I believe, is a poorly thought-out choice on yen press’s part. Especially when you guys have all that money from the Twilight sales? It’s not like you guys don’t have the money anymore. I did the math. I don’t know what your expenses are, but the Twilight sales brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in just the first week. Shame.

  111. Just re-read the post… The online magazine will NOT be free?

    Brb, blinded by rage. Seriously, if all my mangas are a click away and I can get them for free and buy the freebies off of Ebay… you expect me to pay for a subscription to pay MONEY for a bunch of pixels?

    You guys should have a “Well, if you pay an extra $5, we’ll give you a paper copy” thing or something. I want a Sebastian poster! I want to carry my magazine around and use it for character references! I want to update all my buddies on what’s happening in Black Butler and Maximum Ride right now. What the heck, guys. You really hung us Y+ fans out to dry. This kind of… ya know… sucks big time. First shojo beat, now you? I don’t want to read “shounen jump!” I only like maybe ONE of their mangas, whereas you have gotten me hooked onto every single publication you guys have presented to me.

    If you want to be economically efficient, then fine. So will I. I will not be reading your magazine online; congrats. Just lost most of your fanbase, kthxbai.

  112. Aw man, now I can’t read on the go

  113. Although I do like books and anthologies and can understand the disappointment of some people here, I’m pretty happy to be able to support the manga industry without compromising my living space. Unfortunately I don’t currently have the space or money to house volumes and volumes of manga (as much as it hurts me) but I still wanna do my part as a fan and costumer; so until I can start a hard copy collection again, this news are pretty awesome to me.

    I liked the questions Kushieda posted (one of the top most comments) and would like to see them answered. As long as the online subscription is reasonable I’ll pay for it as soon as it’s available.

    A suggestion about the freebies (posters and such): how about considering sending freebies by mail to those subscribed? random giveaways just for being a subscribed member would be nice too, and would placate those who aren’t keen on this new online idea (personally I’d love to get some posters of the titles you guys handle).

  114. Okay, so, by now I’m seventy-five percent over my initial rage, but I’m still stumped about what Yen thinks their business model is going to be. The large majority of everything they offer is available for free, illegally, in the dank corners of the internet somewhere or other. So the only thing they’ve really got to sell is legitimacy. Now let’s be honest–have anime/mange fans, as a group, really been a very ethical market segment? No, not even close–if it can be had for free, odds are a geat percentage of us lot will be headed there first, depressingly. So where does this leave Yen? Nowhere at all. Unless they’re making a huge profit margin on manga in the bookstores, they’re gonna be in Chapter 11 in two years. Goodbye, Yen Press, we hardly knew ye.

  115. @Jack Jall: speak for yourself, if you’re a true fan then you’d support the mangas you love be it by buying the volume, or getting a subscription of a licensed version (digital or otherwise).

    Going digital is the next step manga and anime can (should) take, and we’ve already seen a great success with crunchy roll for example.

  116. people support these people by buying their manga or else this publisher will go. really screw online SCANLATIONS SUCK

  117. InTraining Says:

    So when should we expect the refund? I see one person got theirs somewhere up top (ctrl+f’d)

  118. I dont want to read novels like book girl kielli in front of the monitor… (not to mention I was really looking foward to it) when u guys dicide to published Bungaku shoujo I was really happy u know. Especially when I can buy the book and carry it around me wherever I go. I’m really dissapointed with u guys If i want to read novels online I can read them on other many free site. Basicly I just want a copy of my book not some digital download manga\ novels. IF possible I hope u guys will reconsider your decision.

  119. @Yaku, Patrick, and Jack Hall

    Here’s the thing: I *have* been supporting legitimate sources for years because I really wanted to support the artists and all that good stuff. But I already see YenPlus’ move backfiring bigtime… primary because, for the first time, I too am thinking – hey – I may as well check out some of the free sites if online stuff is all the better I can hope for. I’m not happy about it, but I can’t imagine I’m the only one thinking that way. Way to drive people AWAY from legitimate sources, YenPlus.

    The more I think about this, what really pisses me off is the fact that now no publisher will probably want to try another anthology because they’ll look at how YenPlus (and ShojoBeat) tanked without considering that the true reason it tanked was not the materials’ marketability, but the way the company consistently snubbed and forked around its readers who therefore took their money elsewhere. (I mean, how many times did YenPlus assume we are total idiots?)

  120. Jack Hall Says:

    Hey, Yaku, if you’d read my earlier post on April 25, you’d've noticed I already said I was going to subscribe to the digital version of Yen Plus, albeit kicking and screaming all the way. I defy anyone to take a look at my bookcases full of manga and say I don’t support our beloved, besieged industry.

    I stand by my original point, however, which is that for every one person who loves anime/manga and puts their money where their mouth is by buying legal, licensed products, there’s probably three who shrug and head for some %#@!*+ scanlation site. And even those of us who abhore scanlations don’t really do anything about it, not that there’s much we can do. Still, we have a habit of shrugging and looking the other way to scanlations and their users, when they should be metaphorically cursed soundly and driven into the street whenever they are encountered. All that is neccessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing, and all that.

  121. @Jack Hall
    I’d say the same about my manga bookshelf. I have over 330 volumes of manga and growing, and a slowly growing collection of light novels at are paltry 15 books.

    However, I also feel quite differently from you about scanlations. If it weren’t for scanlations my manga bookshelf would probably be empty. I also directly know of at least 4 other people who are the same as me. Scanlations and easy access to lots of series got us hooked and made us want to support the authors. We regularly go out and buy the series we love.

    When I first started reading manga it was 100% scanlation. Now I’m only reading 3 series through scanlation of which 2 are licensed. However, I own all the current licensed volumes of those series. By the way, I’m currently following around 65 series of manga and light novels.

    While I agree that not everyone who reads scanlations will end up buying as much as I do, or even a single volume, I can make a valid argument that they can, and probably do, increase the customer base. In many cases I fell in love with the series before it was ever licensed through a scanlation, and once it was licensed, I bought the volumes.

    I seriously doubt that scanlations are doing US publishers much harm with the exception of the punks that don’t even bother with their own translations and scan in the licensed versions directly.

    Scanlations help promote series and manga as a whole. It creates communities of people who love the art and stories and many times it’s what leads to myself and other requesting series be licensed to the publishers we love like Yen and Del Ray.

  122. While I’m kind of depressed because I always love having comics in print to keep, I’m also very grateful because stores around here have stopped selling Yen altogether :( I seriously can’t find it anywhere anymore!

    So I hope that it will continue for a long time online, and even if it’s not free I’ll probably be spending a ton of money just to read it xD

    My one question though is, can we still send in submissions? Kind of a weird question to ask but, I figured I might as well ask anyway. I wasn’t sure if the guidelines were for the anthology only, or for the overall company, etc.

  123. I have posted before but I hope that these comments will get Yenpress to reconsider the digital magazine. I do not want to pay for subscription for a digital magazine. I already have glasses and I don’t want to get anymore blinder than I already am. This is the problem with E books as well. I don’t mind if the subscription price changes to just 25% off as long as I don’t have to pay full price b/c I love this magazine. I always looked forward to it in the mail. Please do reconsider!

  124. @ Kushieda
    I regret I must sincerely disagree in regards to scanlations. You make a fair point about scanlations being able to serve essentially as advertising for existing series. I will conceed that they may very well play an important–perhaps vital–role in bringing in fans to series they may otherwise never have read. That being said, I suspect you’re very seriously underestimating how many people lack your ethics in terms of buying the books after reading the scanlation. My belief is that the role scanlations play in bringing in new customers could be filled by the actual publishers if only they’d do better jobs of promoting their products (which is something they’re terrible at now, just terrible). And the vast damage scanlations do to the industry’s overall revenue could then be avoided by shutting down the actual scanlation sites (easier said than done, I know, but still possible). Overall, I suspect scanlations simultaneously increase manga’s consumer base and substantially decrease the overall amount of money that can be drawn from that base. And just how well can the industry really afford any more decreased revenue?

  125. @ Ana W
    Bravo, bravo! As I recall from long ago this was the original point of this discussion, and I couldn’t agree with you more. Digital sucks for too many reasons to count on just a single charge of my laptop’s batteries, and Yen Press is making a giant, huge, short-sighted mistake in going all-digital. Yeah, fine, publish a digital version alongside the print version–I expect it would be cheap to do, and there’s probably a market for it. But cutting the print version entirely? Way to seriously alienate a large segment of your readers, my fine fellows, and I do include myself in that disaffected group. I’m guessing most of the people on the Yen Plus staff got their degrees in Art, not Business or Finance…sorry, am I getting bitter agsin?

  126. Shungi Canze Says:

    I’m incredibly disappointed I just subscribed to this magazine last July, and I didn’t get my first issue until October. This customer service I received was awful I received another bill before I received the magazine, I thought I was paying for 6 months, Yen + wanted money for a whole year. I call up customer service tell them I got a bill, but no magazine and they were rude, they wanted me to be patient and pay for the full year. I finally got over that and have been looking forward my magazine ever month and now they tell me they are taking it away, I doubt the refund will get there in a timely manner or even at all given their past history.

    As far as those “awful” scanlation sites, Yen + should be thanking them. If it weren’t for the forums of scanlation sites I never would have heard of or subscribed to such an obscure publishing company as Yen +. I was elated to find out my favorite mangas Pandora Hearts and Black Butler were being licensed and I could hold a hard copy I could actually read in my own hands. Forcing scanlations sites to take these series off their sites better mean that you guys are going to pick up the pace and translate faster so you can get the full books out sooner, because I’d rather read it in a book than online. If not I hope your company tanks sooner rather than later so that a more reputable company can pick up your titles…..then I can not only support the artists I love but also a company I respect…

  127. Okay, I’m completely over the disappointment, but one thing I know for sure, is that I’m not gonna support it, unless you don’t do as one person above said, and have a thing where you pay an extra $5 to get a paperback copy of the magazine. My reason, is because even though I read some scanlations, it’s normally because the publisher is far behind, or it’s not even published in America, which is the most common case. But I support the author as soon as it hits our coasts.

    What annoys me the most, is that I know that the schedule for releases are the same, even if the magazine goes online. Sorry to dissappoint any other fans of Yen+ who thought that it would be speedier, but it’s gonna remain the same, that I know. So I would like to request that those could go a little bit more faster, if it would help.

    Still, from what I’m seeing, I can tell that sales may go downhill starting from August. Or it could be the same. Who knows, but I can tell it may not be good. I can at least hope that all actually does go well, and proves me wrong.

  128. @ Shungi Canze
    Just the day before you posted, in case you hadn’t heard, DC Comics announced they were shutting down their CMX division, which puts around 70 different manga series out of print. And it was the week before that that Viz announced they were firing 40% of their entire staff. Yeah, let’s have a big round of applause for scanlation sites! Aren’t they great?!? Seriously–give it up, people, just because you love you some free s**t and a few people use them ethically doesn’t mean they aren’t killing the industry.

    @ Ruka
    I love that idea of paying extra for a print version…well, okay, I don’t love the idea of paying more money, but I certainly would be willing to do it if it meant I got my print version. I expect there would be a reasonably-sized contingent who’d be willing to as well. Hey, Yen, you listening? (Echoes die away into silence.)

  129. peachykeen Says:

    I have this sudden feeling of deja vu about this stuff- its just like Shojo Beat abandoning me. I seriously hate reading manga online. I’m already blind as a bat, and I only get so much time on the computer thanks to my overbearing parents. Of course, what they did like was when I actually sat down and read a book… too bad my favorite magazine just decided to quit. However, if this means I can have the next volume of nightschool before October, I’m okay. I won’t be reading your stupid online versions but I at least won’t be wasting my money on a lame-o company who won’t even stick around just as I started liking it. Yen press, I intend to keep buying manga from you, but you can just forget it if you think this fan is going to stick around and buy pixels from you. Do you even consider reader thoughts, or are you just obsessed with making money?

  130. @Jack Hall We are listening, and let me assure you, no one is sadder to see the print version of Yen Plus go than us. We’re all in book publishing because we love books, so the decision to go digital was not made lightly. Hopefully you can forgive us when you see some of the great stuff we have planned for you guys! If not, then perhaps there is some small comfort in knowing that all of the Yen Plus series will continue to be published as collected volumes even if they don’t make the jump online?

  131. @Jack Hall
    I find it hard to believe that anyone can think that scnalations are the only reason to blame for “killing the industry”. Hardly. There are so many reasons, I can easily list a few here, and I’m not even an economist.

    1. Manga/anime has always been a niche market. It has never been mainstream, and I find it hard to believe it will ever be mainstream. What this means is that even a “great, awesome, if everyone in the world read this the world would be a better place manga” came out, only a minority of the population would ever see it, let alone know it exists. Take Naruto. It has had record sales the last 5 years, and it’s sales are still under 500,000 per volume. Now take Harry Potter, arguably the same market. It has sold somewhere in the millions per volume.

    2. The general market is in a recession. People are losing jobs, unemployment is at record highs. Yet, the manga industry saw record grows during this time and is only now cutting back. What this tells me is that even though “free” content was out there, and people needed to pinch pennies, people still bought what they wanted.

    3. Companies fail all the time. Some reasons are mismanagement, inappropriate investments, excessive spending and overall poor planing for the future. Surely you don’t think that these manga companies were perfect and only failed due to “evil scanlating pirates”?

    It sounds to me that you want to shift the blame to a subgroup of people that “stick out” instead of looking at the realities of the situation.

    I would bet you a pretty penny that if every scanlation were to cease, the licensing companies like Yen Press, Viz, and Del Rey would probably not even notice a change in their bottom line. Know why? Because a majority of those people are either already buying the volumes, or would never buy them in the first place. Not only that, but all the series would lose out on a lot of free hype and publicity that goes on behind the scenes. So they may gain some sales, but they probably lose some sales as well.

  132. waterbendingemo Says:

    i’m kind of dissapointed.
    though the audience range broadens, you also lose those who only get the print version.
    there’s just something about actually having the manga in your hands. it’s imortalized in ink and paper, not just pixels.
    and how will this compete with the free online manga sites such as onemanga, mangafox, etc.?
    having it in print makes it more personal and friendly.

  133. @ Kushieda
    1: Goodness gracious, you don’t have to tell me manga is a niche market–I live in Georgia, I get reminded of it everytime I pull out a copy of Nightschool in the Toyota dealer’s waiting room and some teenage nitwit with three teeth starts riding me about reading comic books at my age.

    2: Speaking as someone who is currently unemployed, yes, I have also noticed there’s still a recession on. I would suggest that the solid percentage-wise gains in manga sales are quite deceptive when you consider the tiny overall size of the manga industry. When a book only sells 100,000 copies nationwide, even selling another ten thousand copies makes for a ten-percent jump in sales. Do you think the guys calculating Harry Potter sales even bother to count that small a figure, or do they just round to the nearest hundred thousand? What I take away from it is this: manga grew from the size of a flea to the size of an atypically bulky flea. As US Census Bureau statistics say overall book sales also increased slightly during the 2002-2009 period, I think it’s fair to say there basically was no Great Manga Golden Age and we more or less stayed at the same size relative to the rest of the publishing industry. As people really are cutting their discretionary spending, just holding our ground indicates to me that we probably missed an oportunity for real growth within the larger framework of the industry, and pirate sites are likely one of the major reasons why.

    3: I agree. I think you can make the case that many of the big names in US anime/manga are companies that were founded back in the eighties by people who had more fanatical passion for Japanese pop culture that actual business experience. And a lot of the remainder are Japanese-backed efforts that seem to have a terrible undrstanding of the American market. All of that has consequently led to a higher-than-average long term failure rate for those companies. None of their situations, however, are helped by scanlations kicking sand in their faces.

    In closing–fair enough, saying scanlations are “killing the industry” was an unnecessary rhetorical flourish, but I find it hugely ironic and not at all funny that you would comment I am avoiding the realities of the situation just before saying scanlations don’t have even the slightest effect on the industy’s bottom line. If manga is hanging off the edge of a cliff, scanlations are stomping on its fingers and laughing maniacally.

  134. @ abby
    Okay, fair enough, I should probably try to refrain from bitterness long enough to give the digital version a fair shake. I probably won’t, but at least I’m aware of my failings.

    Anyway, here’s my latest harebrained scheme–sell a downloadable .pdf version that ink-and-paper loyalists could print out, either just our favorite series to save money on ink or the whole thing for those who really can’t stomach digital in the slightest but would love to remain with Yen. It offloads any and all printing costs to the end user yet still allows some recourse to the digital version while throwing a bone to the alienated market segment. A seriously imperfect solution, but it might be good PR, anyway–just thought I’d throw it up for discussion.

  135. @waterbendingemo
    Technically speaking those sites are hosting illegal content. Should the license holders make an effort (assuming they have the man-power/money to go hunting for said sites that are holding their content illegally) they can get those sites shut down or at least to stop displaying their content.

    I should hope that sites such as onemanga and mangafox would be smart enough to stay away from Yen+ digital content… but you never know.

    @Jack Hall
    I get funny looks due to my age from people when I read from my collection in public too :( sometimes even by other fans while shopping at Borders. It’s sad that people don’t think a 30yo should be reading manga.

    Also, I want to make a point that I believe scans of active licensed works should not be continuing. I’m torn between being a fan and wanting the latest and greatest knowing that I’ll buy the licensed version when it comes out, and knowing people abuse it. Give the choice of waiting and paying, or reading now illegally, I’d choose wait/pay.

  136. Zelda Cool Says:

    So they are stopping to Magazine prints. D: Man! I so love getting these Huges magazine every month. :D
    But now we’ll only get to see them on-line only. T_T

    I think it’s a good move due to now I hear from some people who post here and there that they don’t get their copy until a full month atfer it’s been out or some people can’t get it at all. O_O

    But whatever the case may be I’m still here with Yen Plus. I like it, I love it, and I want some more of it! ^_^

  137. Wow, I’m not very displeased with this since my subscription just ran out, but I’m still saddened by this. I only subbed to this magazine in the first place for Maximum Ride, then they started getting all of my favorite animes in manga form in their magazine and I decided “well, this will be awesome after all!” since I absolutely HATE reading manga online. Now I’m forced to if I want to continue reading Maximum Ride without waiting for the next book to come out. I’m glad Yen Plus is going more green, but I’m sad that I have to sit in front of my computer even longer to read manga. > ^ <;;

  138. I’m very sad and upset by this decision. Most on-line mags fall flat so I don’t see how this is going to work out. Why not just keep Yen Plus going but make it smaller or come out only 6 times a year instead of 12. I work for a magazine and I can tell you that this business isn’t dead yet and there are plenty of people out there who are more than willing to pay the sub price if the mag is good.

  139. Olivia Ann Says:

    This is really tragic for me. It’s the second time I’ve had to go through my favorite magazine being discontinued (Shojo Beat anyone?). I frankly don’t care if there will be an “Online Publication”, I will ALWAYS prefer holding the actual material in my hands. I understand there isn’t anything I can do about this happening to my favorite magazine, but I would just like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your manga and your magazine has always been there for me from the beginning. Whenever I had a terrible day it seemed, my issue of YenPlus+ would show up. It cheered me up instantly and made me forget about the troubles of the day. Your magazine introduced me to the greatest manga in the world, and I am now such a loyal fan that I buy the Japanese volumes as well as your english ones. My love for that particular manga (Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler) has helped several others discover and fall in love with it as well.

    So in conclusion, thank you so much for such a great run. Haha, I feel like I’m talking to someone I’ll never see again….but in any case, best of luck in your future endeavors.
    From the bottom of my heart,
    Olivia Ann

  140. applejiali Says:

    OMG OMG ONLINE!? i prefer my manga in hard copy but online it will be available to everyone right? do you have to subscribe or buy?

    i must say that online is a very easy way to reach Yen Plus instead of going to barnes and noble every month.

    will there be any specials in the last July issue? like posters, etc?? (please oh please by Maximum Ride!!)

  141. applejiali Says:

    all right…what’s with all these rants about scanalations!?

    @Shungi Canze
    I have to agree with you about the scanalations. There are so many great manga out there that i find are little exposed besides on the internet. I have been introduced to great manga from scanalation sites. And about customer service, let’s just say I keep out of that situation- I have never talked to Yen Press. But regarding the bill and the late issues, I would surely demand a refund and just buy it at my local Barnes & Noble.

    But hey- reading Kuroshitsuji online led me to find Yen Plus and buy my own copies!

    @Jack Hall and Kushieda
    No offense. What’s up with all these rants? I have to agree with Shungi Canze. We find great manga on the net, we crave for the actual copies. We buy, we support the author. Besides, we aren’t on the internet all the time and more the reason to buy the manga! Which I am pretty sure 99% of the manga readers out there do. But please don’t bash the scanalators- besides, they are manga fans too. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have looked around for Yen Plus.
    and Jack Hall- I understand you don’t want the online version. I feel your pain. -___- through the many many words laced with bitterness. But please DON’T pour out all your sadness on us. Or call us teenage nitwits, because some of us don’t see adults reading manga very often. And we teens here don’t have three teeth.

    And Kushieda, manga originated in a foreign language. Harry Potter- um, english? Lots and lots of people speak english. I know Swedish people that speak english, too. AND they live in Sweden. Japan is preeetty small yet a large population, but combine England and the U.S, you already have a pretty big market to sell Harry Potter, and don’t forget Canada. Did i mention manga is not advertised all over the place?

    Scanalations won’t totally kill the manga sales. I mean, most people don’t just want to read online. they want the REAL THING, not the pixels. Besides, scans could work with the companies and all. Like release chapters a few weeks after the anthology comes out. Or give preview chapters. I mean, it’s not a war you know! Look at the big BIG manga like Naruto and Bleach and One Piece that are still online. Have they been killed yet?

  142. I’ll miss the print copies. But I don’t mind subscribing online either (especially if that entails that chapters may be released more often than just monthly!)

    To everyone that keeps asking whether the online service is free or if you have to pay: OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR IT!

    Read what Yen Press wrote, and I quote, “We sincerely hope that you will opt to reinvest some of those funds back into the magazine’s new incarnation!” That means it isn’t free. But like I said, I don’t mind paying for it, but I would LIKE TO OWN A DIGITAL COPY. Like a PDF file of it or something, in case I want to re-read it.

    I think it would be silly to subscribe to an online service, if I couldn’t at least have a copy to keep. What if the website crashed or I couldn’t use the internet? Well, then I could turn to the PDF file or whatever I saved on my hard drive, and read it from there. If I could only read it online without saving it anywhere, then it would be like renting the manga rather than owning a copy of it. But then again, I guess there could be illegal distribution problems if people were allowed a digital copy (sigh)… this just really sucks…

  143. @ applejiali
    If I sound bitter, it’s because I am. I freely admit that. I was a subscriber to Newtype USA for years and had just renewed when they folded, and I sure never got my money back (They were freakin’ expensive, if you recall). I am a subscriber to Protoculture Addicts, and now, halfway through my subscription, they say they’re moving away from a subscription-based model into some kinda semi-annual “collector’s edition” thing. Obviously, now there’s Yen Plus. And I never subscribed to Shojo Beat, but there’s been any number of unhappy references to it posted here. Are you sensing a trend? The manga-anthology industry in North America has a loooong history of leaving backstabbed customers behind it, and I’m feeling that familiar pincushion-ish feeling yet again.

    When I use the phrase “teenage nitwits with three teeth” to describe people who hassle me when I publicly read manga, I’m not referring to people who glance sideways at me in the Barnes and Noble’s manga section–not really polite, but fair enough, I’m somewhat of a demographical oddity. I’m referring to the aggressive, high-school-jock type guys who will sit right beside you and make loud remarks to each other about how “only little kids and special-ed retards read comic books”. I’m being family-friendly when I describe them as teenage nitwits, that’s not the first phrase that comes to mind. I take it from your phrasing that you’re a teenager yourself, so you may not have encountered this phenomenon just yet. Trust me, you’ll love it. And I know teenagers in Georgia don’t have three teeth, it’s just another of the unnecessary rhetorical flourishes to which I am so very prone. Some have as many as six or seven! (Oooo, I’m gonna get yelled at…I’m just kidding, really and truly…)

    You really think 99% of everyone who reads scanlations goes out and buys the book? Such faith! Such optimism! It warms my cold black heart, it does! Look, I’m not saying scanlations alone are going to destroy the industry, I’m saying they are one of the very largest of the several factors that are stunting the market’s size and shaping its internal structure for the worse as well. If scanlators were fans, they’d limit themselves solely to works that are not licensed in English, anywhere, and would remove them immediately once the property was licensed. I would love to see manga companies work to publicize themselves online, perhaps in a model like the PC gaming industry’s shareware concept. But there’s no need for a copyright-shattering third party in that scheme. And the question isn’t why scanlations haven’t killed Naruto and One Piece. You answered yourself with that one, they’re huge. The question is how many small series you’ve never heard of have scanlations killed? And if they were still alive, how many of them might we both be reading? Neither of us will ever be able to answer that.

  144. Well if it wasn’t for scanlaters and fansubs I wouldn’t be typing here now with my 8 volumes of Zombie Loadn, 6 volumes of Higurashi and 2 Haruhi books sitting on my bookshelf right now, Yenpress should be thankful for them for bringing in more customers.

    Anyway, if this is going to help speed up volume production then it’s a good thing, otherwise it’s just lost it’s collectability and portability just so Yenpress can cut costs.

  145. I’m deeply sad that this is going online, I enjoyed getting that mag. in the mail after a long day….I wished you could do both, for those who don’t want it to be print can get it online and then people who still want it printed get it…

  146. I am really sorry to see the printed version go. Truly it is a little sad to see books selling less and less and instead being available electronically. But I see the good side of it in the sense that it will be available to a broader audience and it’s earth friendly.Though the down side of things is that what were paying for will not be something physical and just computer data. Which is annoying, because computers, sites, and such tend to break down easily and what if what I paid for gets lost. That would be the biggest problem, for anyone really. It’s a little scary to think that everything is becoming virtual and one pays money for virtual thing. By nevertheless I’m intrigued to see the what you have planned for it. I would love to see it available for the ‘Kindle’ or devices of the sort.(cause sooner or later the whole world will have more eye problems.) I do hope that with this change the amount of releases to graphic novels will increase, personally I had always preferred the novels to the magazine, and the waiting time isn’t as long.^^
    Thank you for doing such a great job on the magazine all these past two years. Maximum Ride was what brought me to YENPlus magazine.

  147. The point of computers crashing and sites going offline is something I don’t think has been mentioned enough here. Something that is purely virtual, with no form of backup, is so insubstantial as to be nothing more than dandelion fluff, and frankly, you’d have to be a fool to pay actual tangible money for it. A fool, or perhaps someone with no other choices, and that’s where Yen Press has left us. I would love to hear the details on exactly just how this digital distribution is going to work, or, I should say, is supposed to work.

    This talk of the environmentally-friendly online version has come up several times, and it’s started making me wince. Everyone, you do realize that the statistical odds are very good that you get your electricity from a coal, petroleum, or nuclear power plant, which are the most filthy, dirtiest energy sources humankind has ever come up with? And that PCs slurp up a pretty fair amount of power by the standards of household appliances? Just sayin’.

  148. @ Iduno
    Just when I think I get to stop haranguing about scanlations, something comes along that I just can’t help but comment on…namely, how you’re so wrong you make me want to bang my head against the wall, hard. I’ve already addressed this, so let me just refer you to my earlier posts from May 19th and later, they’re not too far up from here. “Yen Press should be thankful for them bringing in new customers”, ai-yi-yi…(Insert loud repeated banging sound followed by drywall breaking.)

  149. I’m guessing all the headbanging is why your brain is not functioning properly.

  150. Edit:Now I’ve sobered up and realised that no matter how condescending a post is, flaming alone isn’t really cricket.

    Slow translations: Come on man, the gap between volume releases shouldn’t be long enough to forget what number the last one was by the time the next comes out, I’m not asking for day one translations from japan sales (although with a combination of digital distribution and paper distribution (eg. pre order a volume (obviously the pre-order would have to be none refundable until the volume arrives) and get a unique code to download translated pdf files for that volume (with drm naturaly possibly set to expire on the paper volume’s delivery to avoid people just sending the volumes back on arrival) from the yenpress site) it could theoreticly be possible)

    Not listening to the fanbase: See volume one of spice and wolf, complaint’s about the cover were completely misinterpretted to become “You didn’t like it because it wasn’t the origional right?”, sure they finaly put some freaking clothes on the model for the second book but the response for the first (Go buy yenpress for a slipcover or order online from these stores)seemed pretty halfassed.

    Bad distribution: I’ve never even seen the light novels yenpress sells in brick and morter stores, not once.

    Censorship: So far yenpress hasn’t triggered this as far as I’m aware, but it’s pretty much an auto fail when it happens

    And this announcement, so far all it is saying is “You can no longer read yenpress without having to boot up your computer, you can no longer read it in the garden or on the sofa, you will only have digital data for your money and you can no longer buy an issue without a credit card”

    Not to mention that now people will only find out that it exists online now (although again with the distribution, it only ever seemed to exist online before anyway lol)

    And as for scanlations, it’s simply irrefutable that they introduce customers to anime and manga, sure some never buy a copy, but plenty do and really you have to wonder how many people would discover manga without them based on the current complete lack of advertisement you see around. (At least in England, not sure about america)

    Perhaps you could complain if manga companys actualy put some effort into advertisement rather than just relying on scanlators then reviling them whenever something bad happens.

    Also perhaps a few surveys on the site asking people just what currently unlicensed manga they would like to see licenced would be nice.

  151. @ Iduno

    Sorry if I was condescending, I suppose I might have let my fervor on the subject run too freely.

    When it comes to translations, I agree that it seems like a tremendous wait between volumes. That being said, however, I’m not sure anyone outside the industry really understands the process enough to really talk critically about it. I only speak English; who am I to criticize how long it takes a translator to come up with a well-polished English version complete with cultural references and language-specific wordplay jokes? Or the guy who fits the English text into the actual pages? Or the printer who has to print and bind fifty thousand copies? And so on and so forth, you get my point. It only seems like a long time to the end consumer because all we do is pick it up from the bookstore shelf.

    True, the manga companies have failed to listen to their customers on occasions. All companies do that sometimes. People screw up. All told, however, I think manga companies do a better job than many industries at staying in touch with their customers. They didn’t have to make any response at all to complaints about the cover, you know. A lot of companies would have said, “Well, not long ago you liked the cover well enough to buy it, so just keep your buyer’s remorse to yourselves.”

    Bad distribution? When you’re right, you’re right. I did see a copy of Kieli once a long time ago. Hasn’t happened since. Although given how easily the light novels can be ordered online, I question if that’s an excuse for scanlations.

    Censorship? Again, I can only stand in agreement. If a property’s been censored, that’s all I need to hear–time to move on, nothing to see here, folks.

    As for Yen Plus going online, you know all those things you just mentioned? EXACTLY! THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I HATE! Every one of those things! I hate them all! That’s why I’m so pissed off! GRRRRR!!!

    I don’t question that scanlations play a roll in introducing people to manga. What I question is your assumption about the ratio of people who actually buy the books as opposed to the people who just download everything they ever wanted and never look back. Just so you know, no, all the manga advertising in America isn’t worth a tinker’s dam. If they did, scanlations wouldn’t even have that much redeeming value. Even as it is, I still say scanlations cause more financial loss than gain.

  152. I’m disabled to the point that the Seattle library actually brings me a box or two of books every month because I’m too sick to go there often. Most of it is manga.

    However, though it was available at the library, I have eagerly bought Yen+ every month and even fought to keep it at the magazine store around the block when their distributor falsely claimed last year that you’d gone under. I succeeded but bought a subscription anyway.

    With a heavy heart, I’ll try to support you in this new incarnation–but only if you also support me. You MUST make this format disability-accessible *from the start*.

    Using the mouse is painful for people like me. Your new magazine must be entirely accessible by keyboard commands as well as mousing. On the other hand, if you convert the manga text to pixels, screen readers for the blind AFAIK won’t be able to read it. Something like the Descriptive Video Service for movies for the blind would be helpful:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descriptive_Video_Service

    That will have to do for now. Please, please don’t treat the disabled community as an afterthought. Besides, the inclusive functions we need can make the online experience smoother for other customers as well.

  153. REALLY?! I got a subscription for Christmas, but it was all sent to my old address (Not even forwarded to me!!!)… ALL EXCEPT THE “WE’RE ENDING” NOTICE! And when I tried to call for help, THE NUMBER DIDN’T WORK!!! I mean, what the heck?!?! And I’m now gonna need a NEW subscription for online?! I’m hurt… =T.T=
    But if you must, if we subscribe online, will we be able to print pages and stories out?
    Thank you,
    brio

  154. I just put Black Butler into mine tobuy? list.To be honest i buy only tiles what i read online bc i dont want waist mine money, i wanna be sure that series are worth to be on mine bookshelf / i have more that 5000 books /..so i dont buy pig in sack.All mine manga reading started from online reading and i have hooked many mine friends, we all are working adults and we buy what we like.
    I dont buy magazines and i dont read them online – only books what i can buy.
    I dont live in us, so how i can read now Black Butler to end? How i know does end volumes satisfies me? And wait nearly 2 years to get know? Its crazy. Somebody was posting that complaint about slownes is maybe unfair – no its not.It is digital era and when illegal scanlators can do it with very high quality nearly in days – this is possible do officialy too. So 2 month per volume is reasonable time.
    Anyway i think i buy BB but not before all volums are out bc publishers have bad habit drop series in middle.
    And about this online thing, i think all this is not well planned out.Idea is ok but ….you even dont have forum, bookmarking, library list with search a.s.o.
    Best thing what i can sugest – make deal with OpenManga – its not illegal onlinereading site, just google and find out. This way you can rise on new level without messing ups and failure.

  155. Why manga is niche in the West Says:

    There’s someone who said earlier that manga is niche, because even Naruto doesn’t even sell 500,000 copies, while Harry Potter sells million of copies per volumes.

    Firstly, Harry Potter is only 7 volumes long, while Naruto has been going on for 50 volumes, and is still not finished. The cost to acquire the entirety of the series vastly dwarfs that for Harry Potter.

    Is really any wonder that Naruto’s sales are far from HP’s?

    Secondly, you have to know that manga in the US is on average at least 2 to 3 times more expensive than in Japan. The manga volumes published in Japan have a smaller trim size than the US ones.

    The manga published in the Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat lines is sold for 4 bucks in Japan. The same is true of all shounen and shoujo manga. And that’s for new manga, you can buy used manga for 1 bucks or 50 cents a volume.

    The kids with a 20 bucks allowance per month can buy 2 manga in the US, while in Japan they can buy 4. That’s a huuuge difference. And all the big manga anthologies cost 2 to 5 bucks per issue, with more than 450 pages, sometimes up to a 1000 pages. A single issue of the Japanese Shounen Jump serializes something like 15 series, 4 panels manga, and short stories while in the American one there’s only 5 or 6 series, even though the page count is only a hundred pages less than the Japanese edition. They run several chapters of the same series at the same time which is really stupid. So the satisfaction level is much higher when you read a Japanese anthology, because there is a bigger variety of content. So far, Yen Press is the closest to Japanese anthologies, except they don’t run short stories and yonkoma, which is one of the cool things about Japanese anthologies, which really are kind of a manga buffet where you can try all kinds of different foods.

    So there’s less variety for the price, which is very bad, because the more there are series in an antho, the higher the chance people will find several series they like, which will make them want to continue buying it.

    Conclusion, manga is really inexpensive in Japan.

    As long as manga is that expensive in the US, it will stay niche.

    If publishers want to expand the market, prices must be lowered even more.

  156. Why manga is niche in the West Says:

    Cut down the trim size and print at the same dimensions as Japanese publishers do. This will save on paper and allow to cut prices. Collected volumes are supposed to be small and fit into your pocket. There is no need to try and emulate comic book sizes. This will make the mangas look better too, because often US manga publishers scan the Japanese collected volumes, which are printed at a smaller size, then they blow up the scans, and print at a bigger size. Which is why US published manga often has lower printing quality compared to Japanese ones.

    They also should put out inexpensive anthologies, with a similar page count and number of series to the Japanese ones.Or else the market will stay a specialty one.

    Scanlations are filling a void, they replace anthologies, allowing readers starved for the next chapter to read. Publishers should get rid of scanlation sites, but at the same time they should put out their own inexpensive anthologies.

    They should also focus on the usually ignored young children’s market to bring up a new generation of readers. Bring over stuff like Doraemon, Chibi Maruko-chan, and run it in cheap anthologies targeted to little kids. Put the anime on TV too. Then watch as those kids will switch over to shoujo and shounen when they’re teens and so on.

    The way the Japanese publishers manage to run so many cheap manga anthologies is that usually, the price is set very low, so low there’s not much profit in the sales of anthologies. But they get plenty of money once the collected volumes go on sale.

    Publishers should try this in the US too. Use the same cheap paper as in Japan (anthologies aren’t supposed to be collection objects).
    Put out a 3 bucks 450 pages anthology, with 10 to 15 serials, short stories and 4 panels manga. There should be at least one flagship title, preferably with an anime aired on TV, to attract readers, like Viz and Shonen Jump.

    Shojo Beat failed because it had not flagship title with an anime airing on TV.

    What Viz should have done instead, is launch an anthology targeted at little girls instead of older teens like Shojo Beat, because it’s easier to convince little kids to read comics, while teens already have preconceived ideas that comic books are for little kids and nerds. They should get readers young, and keep them, like in Japan.

    Next, push hard to get properties aimed at little girls on TV stations watched mostly by little girls like Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. Something like Kirarin Revolution for example. And advertise the hell out of the magazine, offering goodies with it like Shonen Jump to lure in kids. And watch sales take off, and a new generation of readers get born. Then, a few years later, launch a magazine aimed at jr. high school girls. Then, high school ones and so on. Do the same strategy with shounen, there should be a magazine for a younger target than shounen jump and older target too.

    Publishers focus too much on teenage manga readers. The key is in the kid’s market (again, kids will read comic books readily, if you get them used to buy comics, and tell them comic books are OK to continue to read, you’ll keep them reading for a long time)

    A bonus is that little kids’ series usually aren’t scanlated, and most little kids don’t go on scanlation websites, so there will less loss of sales.

    Anthologies are the key behind the huge manga market in Japan. If Western publishers don’t manage to publish a sufficient number of anthologies the manga market won’t change much.

  157. I think Yen Press really fudged up with the whole Twilight manga.

    If the manga had ran in Yen + before being published, imagine how many Twitards would have bought the magazine just to get their fix of sparkly vampires!!! Then they might have liked some of the other manga…

    This would have turned many of them into manga readers…

    And seriously Yen +, according to wikipedia had a circulation of 100,000 copies per issues. Do you realize there are plenty of anthologiess in Japan with lower circulation, yet they still run? Two examples on the top of my head: Ikki has a 10,000 copies circulation, while Asuka has a 30,000 copies circulation.

    Seriously, 100,000 copies circulation isn’t that bad, it’s more than decent.

    I think moving the magazine online is a poor decision, you will reach a much smaller audience. Ebooks and that kind of thing are not that popular yet. Especially with younger audiences. How many teens do you think will be able to convince their parents to let them use their credit cards?

  158. Hey, I never really noticed it until now, but good advice makes sort of a clinking sound when it bounces off deaf ears. Who knew!?!

  159. I would like to say thanks for the efforts you have made writing this post. You’ve enlightening for me. I’ve forwarded this to a friend of mine.

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