Last week, Japanese online manga website JManga.com announced that it was slashing prices on most of their titles as part of their one-month "JManga Lovers Sale" . From now though the end of October, JManga is offering many of their manga titles at up to 60% off regular prices. For example, titles that are normally 899 points (or $8.99 US) are now going for 499 points/$4.99.
This is a promising development, especially since one of the main complaints that fans have had about this website is that the prices are on the high side. As JManga reps have mentioned on their Twitter feed and Facebook page, this sale is largely in response to fan demand, and if fans respond positively (sales-wise), then there's a fair to good chance that this sale pricing might not be so temporary.
When JManga first debuted, I opted to hold off on passing judgement, mostly because I wanted to spend some time using the site first, and to give them some time to work out the kinks. Now it's almost 2 months later, so it seems like a fair time to give JManga.com it's first report card. In my review, I grade JManga on things like its content, the quality of its translations, their customer service, and yes, their pricing. See what I had to say in my JManga report card, and see which subjects this website excels at, and where it has "room for improvement. Also, see my 10 additional suggestions for JManga.com could help it be even more user-friendly.
What kind of suggestions you ask? Well, how about posting a bestseller list of what's popular on JManga? How about letting readers post reviews of what they've read and liked / didn't like on JManga? I've got more -- but take a look at my report card and list and let me know what you think? How would you improve JManga? Have you purchased/read manga from JManga? If you did, what works / doesn't work for you? If you haven't, why not? What would JManga need to do to get you to check 'em out? Add your thoughts below!
If you missed it the first time around, here's my report on the JManga panel and reception at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, and my interview with JManga reps and publishers from Futabasha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa Shoten and Kodansha about their plans for JManga.com. Also, check out my mini-reviews of 5 JManga titles.