Tag Archives: manga

Japan passes new copyright law to criminalize manga piracy

(9 Jun 2020) Japan has just passed a new law that criminalizes manga piracy and also to the websites that link to it. The parliament passed new copyright amendments last Friday that ban the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021. The […]


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Japan is facing a digital manga piracy crisis

(11 April 2018) Digital manga sales are on the rise in Japan. For the first time ever the digital format has overtaken print, but there is a looming crisis when it comes to piracy. One of the most notorious manga pirate websites in Japan drew a whopping 174 million visitors in the month of March, making […]


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World’s largest manga library planned at former Tokushima grade school

(23 May 2017) Electronic book company Media Do president Yasushi Fujita (43) is cooperating with his home town of Naka, Tokushima to open a manga library on the site of a former grade school. The library will have more than 300,000 manga books, making it the world’s largest manga library, larger than the Kyoto International […]


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New Kindai University library aims to lure manga lovers to academic works

(26 March 2017, Osaka) A university in western Japan will open a library next month that has an unusually large proportion of manga in its collection, school officials say. The two-story Biblio Theater library at Kindai University in Osaka Prefecture is expected to have around 70,000 books, with about 22,000 manga sharing company with Japanese […]


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Online piracy can boost comic book sales, research finds

(20 February 2017) A new academic study shows that piracy can have a positive effect on comic book sales under some conditions. The empirical research, which zooms in on Japanese Manga comics, suggests that sales of ongoing comics dip when pirated versions are more readily available, while those for completed series go up. TorrentFreak has […]


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Manga, in the heart of Delhi

(2 January 2017) In New Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, barely 15 steps away from the Moolchand Metro station, is a not-so-large space, filled to the brim with gems for the lover of Japanese comics (manga). This is the Japan Foundation Library. Founded in 2007, it is home to a whole host of Japanese DVDs, audio books, […]


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Introduce manga to your users and staff with this simple purchasing guide

(9 February 2016) Manga is a one of the fastest growing genres available for digital library users. These Japanese comics continue to grow in popularity and are a perfect way to get teens excited about reading. Manga can be intimidating to purchase as there are a number of genres and the serialized format in which […]


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Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs opens web database for manga, anime, games

17 March 2015) Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs opened a “Media Geijutsu Database” (Media Fine Arts Database) website on Tuesday to chronicle works of manga, animation, and games. The website is Japanese only. The site has data on about 250 thousand manga volumes and 80 thousand magazines, ranging from the early Meiji Era to January […]


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Manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan

(16 January 2015) In the last year, new research has reported that manga accounts for 80% of all digital book sales in Japan. Manga readers are choosing to view their favourite series through portable devices instead of paperback volumes. It’s not hard to see the appeal. Digital manga can be taken on the go, kept […]


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The very best book, comics, and manga apps: Top 23 picks

(19 March 2014)  The OEDb website has updated its most popular post and added a section with its favorite Comic Books and Manga apps. OEDb has picked the best of the best in reading apps. These are the ones with the largest libraries, best features, and the most bang for your buck. Check them out […]


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Armed librarians fight the censors

(19 November 2013)  Swinburne University of Technology  Library has given us a reason to be in Melbourne in the coming weeks:  the 17th Japanese Film Festival. The library blog draws our attention to Library Wars, a blockbuster in which “The Library Defence Force is a team of trained and armed Librarians who risk their lives […]


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