Japanese Publishers To Open North American Manga Portal

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Shueisha’s managing director, Kazuhiko Torishima, recently revealed plans for 37 different Japanese publishers to collaborate and launch an online North American manga portal where licenses from each of the publishers will be distributed digitally.

 

The initiative involves the usual suspects — Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kadokawa Shoten and others. The coalition of publishers hope to have a beta version of the site up and running by the end of the year, and the finalized site is slated for launch in March 2011.

 

You can view the full list of publishers at Anime News Network. Missing from the list are Square Enix, who are slated to launch their own digital manga initiative in the near future.

 

This is the third time publishers have collaborated in such a fashion. The first was during an active resistance against digital manga distribution in Japan, while the second was an anti-piracy initiative, which involved cooperation with North American publishers as well.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.