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TokyoPop Partners With Zinio To Offer Digital Manga for Mac, PC

By June 28, 2010

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Earthlight Vol. 2Los 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:

Zinio logoYou 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.

TokyoPop logoAs 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

Comments

June 28, 2010 at 8:53 am
(1) LKK says:

If TP uses this as a way to finish its long-standing backlog of unfinished titles, I’m all for it. Any legit way to read those stories works for me at this point.

June 28, 2010 at 11:27 am
(2) Usagikami says:

I really hope this works out. I will support this with every $ I can. I have over 900 print manga and am running out of room -_- THANK YOU TOKYOPOP for trying this new venture!

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