What makes you decide to buy a manga rather than read it online or free?
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As hpulley said above, buying supports the Artist.
In my case it's a little more difficult, because I mostly read Doujinshi, the artists that make these are usually not very famous, but whenever I read something that I really enjoyed, I usually buy it, even though those are only available in Japanese.
And well I can't read Japanese, but still having the Doujinshi/Manga you enjoyed reading so much not only as some pictures on your laptop, is in my opinion worth spending a little more money.
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Because of the sensation of owning it; of holding the work of a talented mangaka in my own hands.
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I rarely purchase manga without having read it online first. I hate saying that because the manga print industry needs as much help as it can get, but the practical side of me (as well as my clutter-free nature) won't allow me to buy something I don't know if I'll like. Especially given the steep prices of manga nowadays at 10-13 bucks a pop. Ten bucks for shoujo and 10-13 bucks for yaoi. I'll download and read it first, and if I like it enough, I'll shell out the money for it. I mean paperbacks cost 7.99 and the more expensive trade paperbacks cost 10-13 bucks. I always feel ripped off paying mass trade paperback prices, so you can guess how I feel about paying that much for manga.
With that being said, I'm a pretty loyal fan if a series grabs my interest (though I'm picky). I tend to buy more yaoi just because I feel like it's an industry that needs more of my support than shoujo. A lot of the shoujo that's being printed right now is junk to me anyway.
And like many others, I much prefer print. I've had an obsession with books since childhood. There's something to be said about being able to physically hold it in your hands, smelling the pages and flipping through it. I love having a book shelf and displaying what I read because it says a lot about me and my interests.
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There are two, and only two, reasons for me buying manga.
1. In order to support an author that I like, because I value his/her works, and/or I am a big fan of the work itself.
2. Scanlations are incredibly slow and are behind published English volumes. This would apply to works that I am enjoying quite a bit and not willing to wait for.
I tend to do number one myself, but only for big time favorite manga-kas like Ai Yazawa. Even then, I won't get sucked into buying a long series that I'm not particularly fond of. Short series, probably.
As for number 2, lol, I wish I had that problem. I don't know of a single manga that I follow/read where print is ahead of scanlations. Usually if it's popular enough to be in print, then it's popular enough to have enough fan girls competing to keep up with translations in Japan. But my experience is severely limited to shoujo and boy's love. I have no clue if occurs regularly with seinen or shonen titles.
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The thing that makes me really, really, REALLY buy a manga is either if the art is amazing, like berserk or vagabond, or if I reread them all the time.
I can't spend two months without rereading black cat or ares, and I can't spend two months without admiring Inoue or Miura's work, and usually the best way to do so is to buy them.
Oh and to sometimes support the artists.
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A couple of things make me buy it, first off I grew up reading printed manga, it wasn't even until Naruto and Gaara's first fight at the Chuunin exams were hitting America for the first time that I found out about scanlations and reading it online to get caught up. So the idea of printed material just feels more natural. And then there's the idea that if I do read something online, and I like it enough, I want to own it so I can read it again whenever I want and take it wherever I want, there's no WiFi requirement or Data fee.
And finally I love manga so much that I want to support the industry legally and purchase the official items so that manga can continue to be created and distributed.
Heck I found out about Bakuman's existence at chapter 8 of the series and I read it every week it was released online up until it ended after what I think was a 3-year run, and I'm still buying the series as it comes out in American printed copy so that I can own it because I loved that series so much.
I'm not opposed to reading stuff online, I still read some manga online, andanyone who does anything digitally reads something through a screen, but there's just something about print media that can never be truly beaten in my heart.
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I'd buy them if it's my favorite manga, it's like watching your favorite artist performing on stage via your computer but you want the posters on your artist. Okay, that was a weird thought .3.
But I'm not even near a store selling manga books .-.
You can purchase from the internet. I haven't bought manga from a real book store in ages because I can usually get a better deal from online book stores. I find that most of the manga that's on bookshelves have been perused and sometimes mishandled by the kids that read and don't buy. Much rather get it brand new from the warehouse and it even saves me the trouble of having to get off my lazy butt XD
How do people read on their smart phones by the way? I find it difficult even reading on my e-reader much less attempt it on that tiny tiny smart phone screen.
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I’ve never bought a manga before reading it online although a friend bought me one after seeing reviews for it. After enjoying that manga a lot, i would go out and buy another manga without reading it online initially.
I’m likely to buy manga’s that ive read online because of its art like Vagabond.
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