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A complete guide to digital manga in the UK - Introduction, Table of Storefronts
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A complete guide to digital manga in the UK - Introduction, Table of Storefronts

Listeners of the podcast will know that I have rambled about digital manga at length, and have often threatened to write a comprehensive article about it.  Now, after five (five!) abortive attempts and much frustration (sorry Andy) I have finally finished it. Here you will find a comprehensive dive into each of the venues for digital manga available to the UK. I sincerely hope you find it useful in navigating the UK landscape of digital manga.

This article will take a look at each of the storefronts available to the UK in detail, providing an evaluation of the service itself, the range of titles available on it, and the quality of the applications they provide to use your purchases. I have tried my best to be comprehensive in these sections. Further down this page you will find a quick reference table for the services examined for this article, along with the platforms on which you can read your purchases. This can help you find what is available to you given your existing hardware.

Finally, on the last page of this article (Page 7 from the selector below) you will find my conclusions on the digital manga space as it currently exists, where I wrap up the strengths, weaknesses, and my own thoughts on what is available. 

Digital manga is a swiftly moving landscape, so I may not have every storefront or option reflected in the text. I hope to keep the article accurate as time goes on - if you do have any errata to report please feel free to let me know in the comments or forum!

The article is accurate (to the best of my knowledge) as of the 7th of March 2016.

Please also note that this article is written with a keen eye on UK availability, and so visitors from other countries may find that what is written here differs to how things are in their territory.

 

Big fat table of storefronts and platforms

There are many places to buy digital manga from, and many ways in which people consume digital manga. This table has been created to provide a quick reference for where you can access and use purchased manga for each storefront listed in this article.

PLEASE NOTE: In some cases individual books may not be approved to work on some platforms. (ie: a volume purchased on Amazon may not be allowed to run in their PC App.) Make sure you check availability before purchasing.

Links are correct as of February 2016 - these may be subject to change.

Storefront

Web Viewer†

Win App

Mac App

iOS App

Android App

Other

Amazon Kindle

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Kindle Readers, Blackberry, WinPho,
Comixology††

Nook

N*

Y (Win 8/10)

N

Y

Y

Nook Readers

Kobo

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Blackberry, WinPho

iBooks

N

N

Y

Y

N

 

Google Play

Y

Y**

Y**

Y

Y

 

Crunchyroll

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 

Bookwalker

N*

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

eManga

Y

Y***

Y***

Y***

Y***

***

Comixology

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Amazon App Store

Comic Walker

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 

Mangabox

N*

N

N

Y

Y

 

Dark Horse

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 

Amimaru

N

N

N

Y (iPad Only)

N

Facebook

Weekly Shounen Jump

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 

Renta!

Y

N

N

Y

Y

 

CDJapan

N*

Y

N

Y

Y

 

* Previews available on web storefront.
** Books can be read offline via the Google Play Books App on the Chrome Web Store.
*** eManga products are a watermarked eBook in a file format of your choice which you can then load into an eReader application.
†: “Web Viewer” assumes an active internet connection.
††: Kindle purchases can be viewed within the Comixology reader if you have merged your comixology account with your amazon account.
‡: The Nook store is scheduled to close on the 15th of March 2016, and they are kept in this article as a historical note.

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