Speed Racer Manga Available For Online Reading

By Ishaan . July 17, 2010 . 10:23am

Speed Racer vol. 2 Digital Manga Publishing’s eManga website now has the legendary Speed Racer manga by Tatsuo Yoshida up for reading (rental, not download). Volume 1 will set you back about $6.50, while volume 2 costs $8.00.


Another alternative is to read the series chapter-by-chapter, though, this is a more expensive proposition. Each chapter costs $2.00, which brings your total purchase cost up to $20.


eManga operates using “points” as currency. 1,000 points cost $10. Here’s how the rental system works:


“Once you have signed up for an account, you can use eManga to read free samples of our titles. For most of our titles, you also have the option to read the entire book by spending eManga Points to “rent” the title for a limited amount of time (currently 72 hours). If you later decide to rent the same title again, it will be automatically upgraded to an “unlimited” rental, which does not have time restrictions.”


It isn’t the most elegant solution, but it’s there for anyone that doesn’t have a problem with the concept of rentals. One of the advantages of eManga is that it also hosts original works by aspiring and professional manga-ka.

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  • WonderSteve

    I think 6 to 8 US dollar price is way too close to a physical copy in North America. In Asia, a physical copy is only half that price.

    Another problem is this is only rental that’s only viewable on a PC. For this price, it should at least have been offered with an epub file we own that’s compatible with most ebook readers and iPad.

    The publishers just don’t get it.

  • malek86

    So, uh, it costs almost as much as the physical copy, except it’s digital and just a rental.

    Someone remind me again how this is supposed to be a solution for the manga market?

  • TNA_Lewis

    …that’s weird; Speed Racer’s voice actor just died recently.

    • How better to observe the passing of an influential voice actor by releasing a manga related to his series with yet more convoluted DRM?

  • Joanna

    A rental shouldn’t cost that much. Actually one thing Tokyopop does well is the weekly chapter samplings. If you want to get someone interested in your title, best way is to provide a chapter or two for free rental (under that limited time rule). If they like it and they were intending to pay from the beginning, you’ll earn yourself a customer.

    The problem of course, is those that do not intend to pay. But like Malek said, this isn’t going to solve the problem.Either way, these prices are too high for digital-only. I’ll stick with print media for the time being.

  • goronyan

    sorry but, even some new manga in janpan are cheaper

  • thaKingRocka

    Wow, I didn’t think it was possible to get it any more wrong than it already was.

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