MangaMagazine has just launched its new iPad app, giving comic fans access to the site’s diverse range of titles anywhere, anytime. The app packages all MangaMagazine original content for easy, swipeable, page-turning functionality in a user-friendly layout. Founded in early 2012, MangaMagazine.net has amassed more than 55,000 registered users who are made up of both comic fans and artists. The site is different from most other manga services because it gives artists full control over the editorial direction and rights to their work, while also giving them the opportunity to monetize their content through revenue sharing and e-commerce. Fans can directly engage with their favorite artists, which puts a crowdsourcing spin on comic creation.
The manga service offers both free and premium access; those seeking up-to-date access on premium content will be automatically charged $2.99 per month or $11.99 every six months. Free users will have access to any premium content uploaded after a two-month lapse. This really gives people with money a chance to get it right away, or if you are a freeloader you will have to wait! Premium content will be available for free to all users in the two weeks following the launch of the app. Every 5,000 downloads will extend the free access by another two weeks. To download the app, click here.
“As a huge comics fan since childhood, I’ve always been frustrated by how difficult it was to engage with my favorite authors and discover new and exciting content,” said Victor Chu, MangaMagazine.net CEO and co-founder. “Through MangaMagazine.net and our InkBlazers app, we are shaking up the publishing industry and helping fans explore countless new web comics and manga from some of the most talented artists on the Web.”
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.