KODANSHA COMICS TO LAUNCH EBOOKS PROGRAM

Over 100 titles included at launch, including New York Times’ bestsellers Attack on Titan and Fairy Tail

NEW YORK, July 6, 2013 – Kodansha Comics, one of the top manga publishers in America, is proud to announce the debut of their eBook program on multiple platforms, including Apple’s iBookstore, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Series appearing on launch day include Fairy Tail, Genshiken, Missions of Love, and Kodansha’s newest megahit, Attack on Titan.

“As digital is becoming a key part of our manga publishing in Japan, we look forward to starting a program in America,” said Yasumasa Shimizu, president of Kodansha Comics. “Our partnership with Random House gives us access to the widest audience possible, and we look forward to providing our readers with some of the best manga in the world.”

“We’re incredibly excited to help Kodansha launch their eBook program in the United States,” said Jeff Abraham, president of Random House Publisher Services. “Kodansha has been leading the manga bestseller lists lately, and we look forward to seeing the same on the digital charts.”

While the full list debuts on July 16, eager readers can get a sneak peek by downloading two digital samplers on July 9. Titled Kodansha Comics Digital Sampler- REAL and Kodansha Comics Digital Sampler- UNREAL, the two eBooks include full first chapters of all series in the program and together comprise over 1000 pages of free manga, “making for a great introduction to manga for everyone,” added Shimizu.


Included in the launch are the following series:

  • Arisa
  • At Full Moon
  • Attack on Titan
  • Bloody Monday
  • Cage of Eden
  • Danza
  • Fairy Tail
  • Genshiken Omnibus
  • Genshiken: Second Season
  • I Am Here!
  • Kitchen Princess Omnibus
  • Mardock Scramble
  • Missions of Love
  • Ninja Girls
  • No. 6
  • Sankarea
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei
  • and Until the Full Moon

Additional series will be added at a later date, but one title already confirmed to join the eBook program is Vinland Saga, set to debut along with its print version in October.

More details about the program can be found HERE.

About Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC
Established in New York in 2008, Kodansha USA Publishing (KUP) is a subsidiary of Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. KUP’s first works under the Kodansha Comics imprint were Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira and Masamune Shirow’s The Ghost in the Shell. KUP has expanded their catalog to include such titles as Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima, Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama, Shugo Chara by PEACH-PIT, and Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, the highest selling manga in the U.S. in 2012. Kodansha Comics is distributed by Random House Publisher Services.

About Random House Publisher Services
Random House Publisher Services, a division of Random House Inc., is the book industry’s leading provider of sales and distribution services to premium third-party publishers. Its wide range of service offerings includes sales, warehousing, physical and digital distribution, credit & collection, marketing and information technology. In addition to the National Geographic Society, its portfolio of clients includes Beacon Press, DC Comics, Rizzoli, Melville House, New York Review Books and many others.

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22 Comments

  1. Peter B
    Posted July 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Nice. Now how about adding more series and volumes to the iPad app. Seriously, why support new platforms like the iBook store when you’re not fully supporting your iPad app.

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted July 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Because we are focusing on these new platforms, we will no longer be supporting the app. You’ll still be able to read the books you’ve already bought, but it will no longer update.

      • Peter B
        Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:23 am | Permalink

        That stinks. And you wonder why people are hesitant to commit to digital. How much of this has to do with the fact you can charge three dollars more for the iBook store compared to the app? I sure as hell hope Apple didn’t force you to stop supporting the app if you want to sell on the iBook store. Didn’t Apple learn anything when it was sued for colluding with you booksellers to fix higher prices for ebooks?

        • Peter B
          Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:25 am | Permalink

          But I’ll still be able to download and read my books though, right? You guys should have just went with Comixology from the start.

        • Morgan Hart
          Posted August 17, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

          1. Our decision to price our books differently outside the App has nothing to do with Apple, nor was it the reason we made this decision.

          2. Apple is not making us shut down our App. That is a decision we made on our own. Like I’ve said, in order to support the new eBook program (eBooks on Nook/Kindle/iBookstore/more), we need to focus our attention on that.

          As I’ve said, the App books will still be available to read if you’ve already bought them. We’re not deleting the App, we’re just going to stop updating it with new books. We are moving full steam ahead with the new eBook program.

  2. Kim D
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m having problems getting it to display on my Kindle App, but I can’t tell if it is the ebook that is not formatted properly, or if the app can’t handle the manga. I tried on my phone and on my PC, and neither work. I was wondering if anyone else has had a chance to try this out and if they’ve had better luck than me? (Amazon’s “support” for their Kindle App is kind of lacking, and I haven’t found anything resembling ebook product support on their site, so I figured I would go straight to the source. Doesn’t hurt to ask, right?)

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted July 25, 2013 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Unfortunately, you’re right: Amazon doesn’t fully support all of their Kindle Apps, so most of their Apps can’t handle manga. I think the only one that can right now is Kindle for Android. The eBooks are all formatted properly, and read well on their native devices (we tested them all out on our in-house Kindle, iPad, and Nook before sending them off).

      Kindle Support is here:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200127470

      It may be best to contact their Kindle Customer Support directly and tell them you are unhappy.

      • Kim D
        Posted July 25, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

        I also purchased a Kindle Fire HD this week, I just won’t get it until tomorrow. So, I won’t give them too difficult a time until I confirm I don’t have any problems on the Fire.

        I do want to make sure they know the apps aren’t working, even though Kindle for Android and Kindle for PC are listed as supported devices on the product page. I will pass that information on, and if anyone else finds themself at this page with the same question, I encourage them to also pass on that feedback.

        Thanks so much for replying, Morgan!

  3. Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    I have a device appropriate for digital manga reading, it’s a Windows PC. Somehow I don’t see it supported, even when I have Kindle for PC installed here. Kindle for PC should be able to receive this kind of content.

  4. Marc van Woerkom
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Hello,

    I live in Germany and would like to buy books for my iPad, alas the titles are not listed in the German iBooks store.
    The local Amazon, amazon.de, offers e.g. Attack on Titan for Kindle, but obviously not for the iPad Kindle app, only for Kindle devices and the Android Kindle app.
    Will the title get published on the German iBooks store and when?
    Regards,
    Marc

    • Morgan Hart
      Posted August 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately the iBookstore is limited to just the USA, I think. I have no idea if/when we’ll be able to get wider availability on that platform.

      We’re working on getting the Kindle availability issues fixed. Our books should be available on the Kindle iPad app and Kindle Cloud Reader at some point in the future.

      If you have Barnes & Nobles in Germany, our books work fine on the Nook iPad app!

      • Marc van Woerkom
        Posted August 16, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink

        The German iBook store is not restricted to German books. Some (not all) US and UK titles are also listed in the German iBookStore, for example “Game of Thrones” and several bestsellers, so I assume it depends on the publisher to go through the extra work of releasing it to non-US iBook stores and the publishing rights for those markets in the end.

        It would be nice if the Kodasha comic book titles would be available for the iPad Kindle app. Right now it is very mixed. E.g. I was able to get the Kodansha Real sampler but not the Kodansha Unreal sampler. And no Attack on Titan.

        As much as I would love to read the books now, I won’t buy an Android tablet or colour Kindle just for these. So I hope a solution for iPad will come at some point.

        Thanks for your comments.

        • Marc van Woerkom
          Posted August 20, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

          Yesterday the edition for Kindle/iPad became available on amazon.de, I was able to get the Attack on Titan volumes and the unreal sampler.
          Thanks for fixing.
          It is a pleasure to read!

          • Marc van Woerkom
            Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

            Dang, the iPad kindle app options are gone away. That prevents me from preordering the upcoming Attack on Titan and Vinland Saga titles.

          • Morgan Hart
            Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

            Sorry, Amazon is doing weird things with our title availability. We’re trying to get this sorted out, but the issues are on their end, not ours.

          • Marc van Woerkom
            Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

            Thanks. I try to nag directly at Amazon then. :-)

          • Marc van Woerkom
            Posted September 11, 2013 at 5:29 am | Permalink

            I contacted amazon.de support twice about why the ebooks are restricted to some kindles and android and not available for iPad, but they did not more than promising to forward it to some other department.
            No feedback from these folks yet.

            So I don’t know if it is a bug on their side or a deliberate decision because they have some flaw on the iPad – I got the first five Attack on Titan issues and they look fine to me, so I think it is a bug. But who knows.

          • Marc van Woerkom
            Posted October 24, 2013 at 5:43 am | Permalink

            Amazon still excludes the IPad for the various kodansha releases.
            I read the latest attack on titan on my wife’s kindle Paperwhite. Not bad, but it is easier to read on the larger iPad screen.
            Please fix this!

  5. S Guy
    Posted August 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I hope in the near future there is a plan to launch a digital version of Weekly Shonen Magazine. I really like the series in this anthology and always look forward to the digital anthology whose name is real similair. Waiting for this stuff to be collected into takobons is for the birds.

    I wants my new Fair Tail now.

  6. Cho
    Posted February 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    What if I purchased the digital copy through your app? Does that mean I have to repurchase them again through IBooks.

  7. Zach
    Posted April 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Why can they have this on the android market place or even their website to read the manga like the vizmanga website. I would love to read it of my galaxy phone.

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