News : Would you read manga on an e-book?

Would you read manga on an e-book? That's the question I'm asking you.

For a few years now, companies have been coming out with e-book readers. Basically a small electronic device with a singular screen that you can read off. Usually the actual reader sets you back a bit, but in return the cost for digital distribution of novels is somewhere around $1-3 dollars US, substantially lower than if you just went out and bought the book.

Amazon has been spearheading the operation with their e-book titled Kindle and allowing you to buy books digitally from a vast collection of titles, as well as let you move PDF's to your e-book for a small monetary fee.

But now Google and Sony have formed an alliance and are making a new e-book reader. It is also rumored that they are working on an alternative strategy than making a user pay individually per book. There's also the chance that it will have PDF support for free, which could allow manga publishers to sell via digital distribution which you can then move over to your e-book.

There's already software out there for the Sony PSP to be used as a type of manga e-book and a few companies have taken advantage of that, allowing manga downloads in a format easily accessible on the PSP.

So would you consider it or do you believe e-books are just a gimmik? Obviously having a lot of publishers jump aboard the e-book would help substantially, but it just doesn't seem like there's a huge demand out there for it currently. Although I know a lot of manga readers currently read entire manga titles off arguably legit internet sites, so perhaps it's not as bigger leap for fans of this medium.

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