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January 4, 2013

Happy 2013 from DMI and the Weekly Digital Round-Up!

Welcome to 2013 and the brand spanking new Weekly Digital Round-Up, featuring all the latest titles from our newly revamped eManga.com! This week we’re bringing you four new BL titles from DMG along with the first volume of Diabolo, an older series that gives manga fans a glimpse of the terrifying and supernatural. Looking to take the new eManga.com’s files for a test drive before you buy anything? Check out our preview sampler, 100% free, and find out what file type works best for your digital reader or computer of choice!

Love Connect: Kouki’s twin older brother, Keiki, has decided to work as a part-time waiter during one of the most important summer of their lives! Worried about his sibling’s college career, Kouki decides to take matters into his own hands. But when he goes to the café, Kouki realizes the manager is GAY?! What does this mean for him and his brother? Will Kouki be able to get out of this dilemma, or will things only get worse? Also, see what happens when the Internet-famous “Kazushi” finally decides to face his real life terrors…
Diabolo, vol. 1: Something extra-wicked this way comes! Ren and Rai play with fire when they sell their souls to the demon Diabolo to save Ren’s cousin. Diabolo gives Ren the power of ultimate offense and Rai the power of ultimate defense. However, those who fall into the Diabolo’s trap start to go crazy at 17, and at age 18 they reach the point of no return…
Daily Fiction: Riku Shiraishi and Tooru Yatsu are childhood friends. Yatsu loves him, but their relationship has always been forced. Just as Shiraishi starts to realize how Yatsu really feels, he loses all his memories in a car accident. How will their love end up?
Love and a Sin: Harada and Shibata were an unlikely couple in high school, and on a whim made an even stranger promise to meet each other again 30 years later. After graduation, Harada seems to have all but forgotten their promise. Now he spends his days as police chief keeping an eye on a Chinese mafia boss with a familiar face… Against all odds and logic, Shibata ends up back in Japan exactly on the date they promised to meet. Can Harada find him in time and catch the criminal who stole his heart? Or will his high school sweetheart rob him blind again?
Self-Portrait: “Wanna make a bet with me? If I manage to run into you one more time within a week, you’ll agree to model for me.” With that, up-and-coming photographer Kiwamu Izumi scouts high-schooler Takahito as his model. Assuming he’ll never see Kiwamu again, Takahito takes the bet, but then the two meet again at school! Takahito is repelled, yet simultaneously finds himself gradually attracted to Kiwamu…

14 Comments »

  1. Could you please let us know when Vector in Love, Defender of Justice Laughs Last, and Pure Love’s Sexy Time are going to be available on anything other than eManga. They’ve been out for that system for over a month now and I still can’t find them anywhere else :( Please let me know cause otherwise I can’t trust that you say these are coming out for eReader either.

    Comment by sevi — January 4, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  2. sevi@ You can download your e-manga books in lots of reader formats now. Most devices can run PDF’s actually. They got a free book you can download and try on your reader.

    Comment by seny — January 5, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

  3. I just don’t see why I, or anyone else, should have to go out of my way to buy a book for my eReader. Is it really that horrible that I want to continue to use the system I’m used to. I’m not saying change is bad. I just want to buy these books, providing the company with much needed money, without being treated like I’m some criminal. And yes, it’s great that they wanted to improve their service through eManga, but at this point it would be easier to get these things through scanlation sites (I don’t use them). So why do I have to wait so long for something that probably won’t come. They say that these books will be available, but its been several months since anything was put out, people who are still buying are switching to eManga, and next thing you know they’ll either drop the service completely or Amazon will decide they were right and bring down the ban hammer again. Either way I still want those books!

    Comment by sevi — January 5, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

  4. So go get them then? I still don’t see your problem? There are already tons of e-book services out there. I wish all books came in print but it just ain’t gonna happen. BL isn’t as popular outside Japan as you’d wish it was. Digital means we can have them at all. I mean most things will go digital in the future anyway, not just here. I dunno what you’re expecting but the DMG titles will probably stay digital. If you’re okay with that you can have them now this very day. At least they lowered the prices of the books.

    Comment by seny — January 6, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  5. I never mentioned anything about needing the books to be in print. I’m more than willing to buy them in digital. I just want to be able to purchase them using the system they set up through Amazon on the Kindle or through B&N for the Nook. I don’t want to have to sign up for some service just to have to end up not being able to read them anywhere but the computer. Also, I know there are other services but like you said most of them only sell het or yuri series. To summarize:
    -I don’t hate digital.
    -I merely wish for them to continue providing a service that waAls already available to download digital content.
    -I do hate that they are providing exclusive content for eManga even though they say it will be available for Kindle and Nook buyers.
    -There is a difference between buying books for eReader and buying them from an eReader. Providing eManga users with more options does not equate to having more sources to buy from.
    -Prices are only lowered for eManga users and content is provided to them first.

    Comment by sevi — January 6, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

  6. Also I tried loading the free sample. I tried loading it and it wouldn’t load because the internet wouldn’t stay connected long enough on my Kindle:(

    Comment by sevi — January 6, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  7. Then download the book on your computer first and then put it on the device? Putting the books on their own service means less censorship. ( Unless the title was already censored in Japan. ) Either way they can go a head and publish pretty much anything this way. This is good isn’t it? I never even considered buying a digital title before because of those restrictions. A lot of those books probably can’t be available anywhere else. Well they should have just made it this way from the start and nobody would have to be confused or left out. I really like the system now. emanga sucked before when you couldn’t even put the books on any device at all. Bah! And the points. Ugh.

    Comment by seny — January 6, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  8. As far as I know only Amazon censors content. B&N does not, which is why there are several titles available on the Nook that aren’t through Kindle and why I downloaded the app. At one point I tried to download those titles from my computer onto the Kindle but the connection couldn’t be established.So buying titles for the computer and loading from there won’t work. I’m just feeling frustrated and confused. I want to support this company, I really do. But they seem intent on making me feel worthless because I want to use a service they used to support. I’m not asking them to go out of their way to create a new service, merely to support the service they already provide without being treated like crap.

    Comment by sevi — January 6, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

  9. @sevi I know where you are coming from over the convenience of buying and downloading from your eReader. Especially the newer Kindles since Amazon has made it purposely more laborious to get other content on the device. It’s one of the many reasons I’m glad I gave away my Kindle when I did.
    But, the good thing about emanga is that the books are not locked into one device like Amazon and Nook. Even if you could download your Nook files to your Kindle you would have to have the B&N app on that Kindle to read them anyway. I don’t think there is one since Amazon and B&N are competitors.
    Previously I wished DMI released more on Kobo. But, emanga is working for me at the moment. Though I wonder why the Harlequin titles aren’t downloadable too?
    Good luck!

    Comment by Rae — January 6, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

  10. @Rae- Thank you for your support. I’m glad someone can see where I’m coming from.
    The main reason why I’m not happy about this situation is that I feel like DMP is breaking down on Amazon and is punishing people like me because of differences of opinion on content. While censorship is bad, I prefer it over the alternative of not having anything at all. And from what I can tell, not all material is at the level of maturity where it is being censored. It reeks of exclusivity when DMP is offering items to people who are using their service both sooner and cheaper. I could understand one but both is overkill. Either have the time delay or the price increase not both. Not that I’m happy with the length of time release delay either. 1 or 2 weeks would be understandable, over a month is excessive. Not to mention the fact that the company probably won’t release information on when items will be avaiable for Kindle or other eReaders. The fact that they refuse to tell me if and when those 3 titles will be released for eReader makes me worry that even though they assure future releases will be available they actually won’t.

    Comment by sevi — January 7, 2013 @ 1:36 am

  11. Well that kinda sucks, sorry. Whenever you plan on buying a new reader pick one with more freedom. I’m not sure which one to buy myself, kindle is cheap but people have different opinions about it. :/ Actually I hope they just come out with a PDF reader for PS Vita then I can use that. But Sony likes being a bitch.

    Comment by seny — January 8, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  12. I sort of wish there was some sort of a schedule too, then I could budget better. But, it probably wouldn’t help since the release estimates have always been very much estimates. I just realized I haven’t bought anything from DMG in three months. I don’t see the company abandoning Kindle though. It accounts for way too much of their sales up to this point. Somehow I don’t think the percentage will change catastrophically even though there are more options. Things will probably get back on track now that the holidays are over.

    Comment by Rae — January 8, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

  13. Do they have set deadlines? I assumed it was a bit looser than the print schedule. But maybe I’m wrong.

    Comment by seny — January 11, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  14. No, they don’t seem to have deadlines. I meant that they probably won’t be mentioning eReader releases in the Weekly Digital Roundup anymore.

    Comment by sevi — January 12, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

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