Los Angeles-based manga publisher TokyoPop announced their latest venture into digital publishing, this time with San Francisco/New York-based digital magazine and book publisher Zinio, to offer over 50 TokyoPop titles for download for Mac and PC platforms, including the iPad. Single volumes are available for $5.99, while multi-volume omnibus editions will be offered for $7.99.
The TokyoPop/Zinio titles offered will include original and licensed titles including:
- Earthlight by Stuart Moore and Chris Schons
- Gravitation by Maki Murakami
- The Tarot Cafe by Sang-Sun Park
- The Dreaming by Queenie Chan
- Jim Henson's Return to Labyrinth by Jake T. Forbes and Chris Lie
- Bizenghast by M. Alice LeGrow
- Van Von Hunter by Ron Kaulfersch & Mike Schwark
- Undertown by Jim Pascoe and Jake Myler
You can see the complete list of TokyoPop titles currently available at http://www.zinio.com/TokyoPop. There are currently only eight series posted, but the TokyoPop/Zinio press release promises that many more will follow.
Zinio already publishes digital editions of many U.S. and European magazines, including Elle, Maxim, Saveur, US, and Rolling Stone, and has worked with Arcana to publish The Clockwork Girl by Sean O'Reilly and Kevin Hanna, and Digital Manga Publishing to offer Vampire Hunter D by Hideyuki Kikuchi and Saiko Takaki. But this joint effort with TokyoPop marks the biggest batch of new manga / graphic novel titles to be added to the Zinio roster at a single shot.
As viewed on my PC laptop on a standard home broadband connection, the Zinio reader runs fairly smoothly -- with only one glaring hitch. It's designed to be read in Western, left to right format. When I browsed the sample of Vampire Hunter D, I was first presented with the last page of the book instead of the first page of this Japanese-formatted right-to-left book. This isn't as much of a problem with most of the original English language and Korean manhwa titles that are included in this first batch of TokyoPop titles. However, it may prove to be problematic as more Japanese-formatted titles are added to the mix.
Have you downloaded and read TokyoPop/Zinio-published manga on your iPad, Mac laptop or PC? What do you think? Add your comments and reactions below!
Image credit: © Stuart Moore, Chris Schons, TOKYOPOP, © Zinio LLC, &copoy; TOKYOPOP