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Yen Press launches their online service, Yen Plus

Online manga service launches in August


I used to get Yen Plus in the mail, and it was a really nice publication. Half Korean manga and half Japanese manga, the plentiful publication actually announced they were pulling out of print earlier this year. However, they also announced at San Diego Comic-con that it was time for the magazine to go digital, and now free trials were open for the new version (through September 9th).
 
The new issue will include the continuations of Maximum Ride, Nightschool, Daniel X, Time and Again and Jack Frost, and will also see the debut of Aron's Absurd Armada and a short story called Haunted House Call. The new subscription fee will be $2.99 a month, which sure beats that $50 it cost to get the print version before. Anyone already sign up for this?
ShadowKnight508 moderator on July 28, 2010 at 9:22 a.m.
I might look into this...I heard about this from one of my friends several months ago (he was bummed that they were stopping print of the Yen Plus) before I subscribed to Shonen Jump this past March.
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 28, 2010 at 2:54 p.m.
I wouldn't join a pay site for Yen Press books. Their publications are good enough that I would much rather buy the real books Yen Press publishes. Their Soul Eater publication is really good. I bought the first volume and really liked it.
Gaseroon July 28, 2010 at 3:43 p.m.
I'm don't have interest in any Yen Press books, but I do give my best regards that the industry is able to offset losses from piracy and scanlations. Yen Press seems to be leading the way.
agila61on July 29, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.
I had a look at it, but on a netbook its no more usable than a bootleg scanlation site ... less, actually, since it has a maximum zoom that leaves the text too small to read. 
 
What is really needed for smaller devices ... and a widescreen netbook is a bigger display than a 7" internet tablet or a smartphone ... is panel by panel display. That requires embedding the panel dimensions and sequence into the source, so the player (whether online or for digital downloads) can page through a panel at a time.
AgentJon July 29, 2010 at 5:23 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt said:
" I wouldn't join a pay site for Yen Press books. Their publications are good enough that I would much rather buy the real books Yen Press publishes. Their Soul Eater publication is really good. I bought the first volume and really liked it. "
Wait, you WONT subscribe because they do a good job? I understanding you'll be buying print from them, but since this is the first of its kind for manga in the states, I think we all need to show that we support this sort of thing. 
 
Though I really wish some company would do a subscription service for individual series, so you could sign up and read the latest chapters, then get new volumes in the mail when they are released. I'd sign up for that SO HARD :P
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 29, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.
@AgentJ: 
That's because I would rather buy the real books they publish. I'm not going to pay twice for the same thing. Money spent on their website is money I could be spending on their volumes.
Really, since Yen Press and Del Rey do such an amazing job in their translations and publications. I can wait for the latest volumes.
 
Unlike VIZ, where everything they publish in the US is filled with edits and alterations. I'm not going to buy their crap or support their website. The only way I would support a website they would make is if the translations didn't have edits or alterations, but their volumes continued this alteration practice.
AgentJon July 29, 2010 at 6:42 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt: My point is that we should support this movement by Yen to show that people will support a solution to the free  downloading. Viz never came into my side of the equation. 
FoxxFireArt moderator on July 29, 2010 at 7:03 p.m.
@AgentJ: 
I just don't seen the point of paying twice for the same product. A book I pay for once and I have it in my library forever. A website you are paying monthly just for access to something that only lasts as long as you are paying. It's bleeding you slowly.
 
I think it all depends on the cost of a membership. Every dollar spent on their website is money not spent on their books. Perhaps they will do something closer to what Crunchyroll does. You have to have a membership to get the most up to date. But they are eventually released to the masses after a certain period of time.
 
I brought up VIZ to give an example of a website worth supporting. If they were to release a website that had unedited versions of their highly edited books. That would make sense to me about paying for. If that was the only way I could get the actual story, because I don't want their edited and altered books. If they refuse to release the books unedited. There could at least be a website that wasn't.

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