Yesterday, VIZ Media joined with Barnes & Noble to add digital manga to the NOOK store. Starting now, series such as Cross Game, Dengeki Daisy and Kekkaishi are available for download at prices ranging between $4.99 and $9.99 each. You can see the full list of available manga in the press release below. Unfortunately, the current release list doesn’t include some of VIZ’s most popular titles such as Bleach, Naruto or Vampire Knight, but it would not be surrpising to see these in the future.
VIZ is not the first company to release their manga on the NOOK. Yen Press currently digitally publishes titles such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Highschool of the Dead, and Jack Frost for Barnes & Noble’s e-reader devices. To see what manga are currently available, head over to the NOOK online store.
Viewing manga on NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color is authentic thanks to Barnes & Noble’s newly implemented technology that formats manga in its original right-to-left reading order. Read your favorite graphic novels on the award-winning NOOK 7-inch devices, which feature a full-color VividView™ touchscreen. NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color also give you access to the world’s largest digital bookstore, popular movies, TV shows, music and more through the top entertainment services, as well as a collection of high-quality apps, fast Web browsing and email.
Over its 25 year history, VIZ Media has led the transformation of manga and anime from a niche category into a mass media phenomenon, telling stories that resonate with audiences and fans all over North America. The VIZ Media library includes global hits like BLACK BIRD, BLEACH, CROSS GAME, KEKKAISHI, NARUTO and VAMPIRE KNIGHT.
“NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color are ideal devices for our customers to enjoy manga in stunning high resolution color that virtually makes the action leap off the page,” said Theresa Horner, Vice President of Digital Content for Barnes & Noble. “We’re excited to work with VIZ Media to offer NOOK customers access to some of the most popular manga titles available in North America.”
“The Barnes & Noble team and VIZ Media have put together a fantastic manga reading experience by giving NOOK customers full control of their reading experience with the ability to pinch and zoom to dive into the tiniest details” says Alvin Lu, Senior Vice President and General Manager of VIZ Media. “Barnes & Noble has been a major partner with VIZ Media for many years in growing the North American print manga market, and we’re very excited to expand our relationship to make our vast digital library of manga titles available to NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers. Over 100 volumes will be available at launch and we look forward to quickly expanding these selections to more than 500 in the coming months.”
The following manga titles are available today with many more coming:
Absolute Boyfriend Vols. 1-6 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Arata: The Legend Vols. 1-8 · Rated “T” for Teens
Backstage Prince Vols. 1 & 2 · Rated “T” for Teens
Beast Master Vols. 1-2 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Black Bird Vols. 1-11 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Children of the Sea Vols. 1-4 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Cross Game Vols. 1-4 · Rated “T” for Teens
Dengeki Daisy Vols. 1-7 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu KaidEn Vols. 1-9 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
House of Five Leaves Vols. 1-5 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Hyde & Closer Vols. 1-6 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
I’ll Give It My All…Tomorrow Vols. 1-4 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Kekkaishi Vols. 1-19 · Rated “T” for Teens
Maoh: Juvenile remix Vols. 1-7 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
not simple · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Oishinbo Vols. 1-5 · Rated “T” for Teens
Saturn Apartments Vols. 1-4 · Rated “T” for Teens
Solanin · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
What A Wonderful World! Vols. 1 & 2 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit www.VIZ.com.
For more information on NOOK, please visit www.nook.com.
To purchase VIZ Media manga titles for the NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color, please visit the NOOK Book Store at www.barnesandnoble.com/u/NOOK-Comics-Graphic-Novels-Manga/379003302/[/spoiler]
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