Tokyopop Team With Zinio For Digital Distribution

By Ishaan . July 3, 2010 . 2:22pm

Princess Ai We’re a little late to front page with this one, but it’s an important story, so it deserves to be covered nevertheless. Tokyopop are rolling out their digital distribution initiative on the PC, and the publisher’s partner of choice is Zinio — “the world’s top digital publishing distribution service,” as they state in the press announcement.


To begin with, TP are offering over 50 volumes of manga, including series like Bizenghast, Dramacon, Tarot Cafe, Princess Ai, Gravitation and others. “I have always been a strong advocate for digital-in fact, my DNA is made entirely from 0’s and 1’s,” said Tokyopop CEO, Stuart Levy. “The manga lifestyle is rapidly moving online and we are committed to finding the best experience possible in that medium. Zinio offers the top online reading experience, and their team is committed to providing a 360º accessibility.”


Zinio’s service will allow you to preview pages of a manga for free, so you can decide whether or not you’d like to purchase it. If you like what you see, a single regular volume of manga will set you back $5.99. Larger volumes, such as the Gravitation collection — a two-volume omnibus edition — are priced at $7.99. These can then be viewed on the PC, Mac or iPad.


You can find a complete list of the digitally available titles here.

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  • I personally, prefer paper to pixels, tyvm.

    Good luck, I guess, for those guys… I’d rather see it thrive digitally than dive physically.

    • I’m the same. I prefer the printed word to the pixelated one. But.. if they were to sweeten the deal by adding a digital copy for a dollar or two more, I would be very much interested in backing it up.Hell, if they could do a library similar to how Steam is set up, I’d love building both digital and physical libraries happily.I’ve already got all of Tarot Cafe on my bookshelf.. but I’m curious… Is that ipad specific or iphone available as well?

  • bVork

    This is definitely a step in the right direction for manga distribution. The price is a little high, but it’ll be more than worth it if they start using digital distribution to put out manga as close to the original Japanese release date as possible.

  • The problem is going to be how they do it. Are we paying for access or are we actually downloading files? If we’re just getting the “right” to read the files from their server or something similar, like paying a fee to read stuff online, hell no would I pay for it. Either way, I prefer having books on my shelves. It’s probably the collector inside of me, but I’m sure others feel the same

    • No, you can download the files to your computer. Judging by the press release, it’s not a rental, but a permanent digital purchase.

      • “Zinio offers the top online reading experience, and their team is committed to providing a 360º accessibility”

        more specifically, “top online reading experience”

        That’s what led me to believe they may have it where you simply gain access to reading the files online. I didn’t mean a rental, though. Think but you have to pay to read chapters. Are you sure it’s downloading? Source plz?

        • From the press release: “…today announced a partnership that offers more than fifty volumes of manga, available immediately for digital download to your PC and Mac by visiting”

          I think the 360º accessibility comment might mean that you can download it to your PC or your Mac or even your iPad, judging by the logo next to the series on the Zinio page.

  • Hours

    So, how about that Vol. 5 of Atelier Marie & Elie then Tokyopop? I won’t be buying anything from them until they release the final volume of that series. The fact that they would stop one volume short of the end is ridiculous.

    I prefer physical copies of my manga, but if this is the only way to get to finish the series, then I’d purchase it digitally. But until then, I won’t be supporting their company until I know that they can follow through on their commitment to a series.

  • I want the rest of Kino no Tabi translated. D8< God knows Tokyo Pop fucked that up.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Seems like they randomly drop their light novels and provide no reason for it. They recently stated they were going to start releasing the FMP novels again… after several years of not releasing them.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        The second Gosick book went from canceled to out earlier this year too; perhaps they are just having to fulfill contractual obligations — it certainly isn’t a way to guarantee better sales.

      • From what I read, there were issues with the licensor. Because Tokyopop fucked up.

  • SeventhEvening

    5.99? Ouch.

    That’s not going to work for me. I like a physical copy, and most of the physical copies of anything I want to read I can find on e-bay for less than that.

  • Joanna

    5.99 for a digital copy? No Thank you. I’ll stick with physical copies.
    (1-3 a volume for digital seems far more reasonable to me. Really is too bad because there are some series that I just can’t buy physically because of space constraints, but 6 for a digital copy isn’t worth it…)

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