Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Mahou Sensei Negima) has announced that he is working on a site to help make out of print manga series available to the public digitally. Akamatsu is teaming up with a other manga creators including Ryusei Deguchi (Abenobashi) to offer these series with their permission. The comics will be distributed via PDF format and won’t contain any sort of DRM.
The current plan for the site is to be supported by advertising revenue, and the profits will be split among the mangaka. Akamatsu has said he will launch a test version of the site on November 26 with all fourteen volumes of Love Hina. Once Akamatsu tests the system out with his series, he expects to launch a full version of the site early next year. If you can read Japanese, Ken Akamatsu will be updating the site’s progress via his Twitter account.
I’ll be curious to see what kind of revenue they will be able to get out of the system. I applaud the artists for coming together to keep their works in the public eye. It’s a very neat idea, and not just because he’s launching with the first manga I ever read, either.
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