Greetings Manga Community,
This past week has been an exciting one. We recently announced the existence of the OpenManga project
, and boy has word spread like wildfire. From making headlines on major websites such as Anime News Network
to the many interesting blog articles such as this one at Timeless Grey
, as well as a lot of discussion and talks about the OpenManga
project on various forums.
We have seen related comments
from industry officials, as well as reader comments on the many forums and fansites around the net. On the OpenManga Twitter and Facebook channels, we are encouraging discussion and feedback on many of the related issues to digital manga distribution, and even OpenManga itself.
So the question is, to what end?
First of all, we would like to take this opportunity to point out that we are indeed listening to what you all have to say by addressing a few questions that have been sent our way. One of the biggest complaints thus far, is the fact that not many details about OpenManga have been released to the public for scrutiny and inspection. In that regard, this post will reveal a few new pieces of information; however, before we get to that point we wanted to let you know exactly why we are doing things this way.
1) We realize that there are other entities out there that are working on products that may compete with our own, and we want to keep some of the more integral ideas that we think give our project an upper hand to ourselves for the time being.
2) While we have defined most of how OpenManga is going to operate, and are in the development and implementation phase of this, not all the actual values are set in stone. As you may have seen, we are encouraging debate about some key topics, and would like the opportunity to take the feedback that we get from these conversations into consideration before we make any announcements to ensure that what we announce is indeed what accurately reflects the thoughts and beliefs of the community. One example could be defining the perceived monetary value of a digital manga chapter.
3) We have a set schedule for announcing most of our features, functionality and business plan, and will continue to unveil things as we get closer to the beta.
That being said, we do have some updates for you as to how OpenManga will work, and some updates on what our philosophy and ideology is behind the development of the platform. The sheer scope and size of the OpenManga project is a lot larger than what most people think of when we announced OM as a "digital publishing platform". I am going to go out on a limb and state that the first (and in many cases only) thing that came to mind for many people was simply "an online manga reader".
While OpenManga is in fact going to be exactly that, there are many other aspects that are (in our mind) perhaps equally exciting and part of paving the way in the manga revolution. One of these aspects is contextual value.
Having read that, many of you probably thought "huh?".
One of the services we are looking into with OpenManga is Manga viability as part of an educational platform. From language students wanting to learn idioms, everyday speech, and translation techniques, to students looking to become manga artists, or even the integration of manga as a means of learning via visual explanations; the application of manga can be so much more than simply just an entertainment product. This was briefly brought up for debate on Twitter in a convo that we had with @vulgoalpeh
Another topic that has been recurring recently
is mobile availability of manga. The subject has been mentioned several times on our Facebook feedback posts, as well as on Twitter. While the topic is still up for debate, we wanted to take the opportunity to inform you of our stance on the subject.
Mobile availability of content, and entertainment, is (one of) the way(s) of the future. We realize this, and can therefore happily inform you that OpenManga is going to support most of the major platforms where this makes sense. This includes, of course, application development for the iPhone/iPod®, the Android® platform, and also the recently announced iPad®. The good news in this aspect is that we have partners that are particularly adept at building applications for these platforms, so we hope to be producing quality products for everyone's enjoyment.
In the end, we are hoping to be releasing a quality product, and service, that fully complies with the market demands of the 21st century; and perhaps even provide some of our own innovation on top of that. With all of this said, we have reached the end of this news update. Before leaving you to your own devices though, we would like to thank you for all your feedback so far, and to remind you all to follow us on Twitter
for the latest updates, feedback, and interactions.
You can also email us
with any questions, concerns, thoughts and feedback that you may have, and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.
The OpenManga Team
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