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Digital Overtaking Physical In Japanese Manga Publishing

Written by Tim Midura on Sunday, August 13 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Digital Overtaking Physical In Japanese Manga Publishing

Meanwhile, American comics sales are down overall.

Source: Japan Times

In a surprising report, Japan Times has revealed that the digital manga market is overtaking the physical one for the first time. The report states that digital has been on the uptick, while physical has been dropping, with 2017 being the year that digital could fully surpass physical.


The rise of digital has been attributed to smartphones changing how people read their manga. Many companies, including non-traditional manga publishers, are releasing their own manga apps as well, spurring growth. Industry insiders are concerned about the fate of manga magazines, which have traditionally introduced readers to new manga.

The Research Institute for Publications reports that sales of digital manga books excluding magazines jumped 27.1 percent to ¥146 billion last year from the year before while sales of paper manga saw a record year-on-year decline of 7.4 percent to ¥194.7 billion. At the same rate of growth, digital manga will surpass physical.

Meanwhile, despite initial scares at the onset, digital comic sales in the US have been stagnant and non-threatening to physical sales, which have been down overall.

Only time will tell if Japan is on the cutting edge of manga distribution with the US comic market following suit shortly after.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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