The question was asked in our teleconference about how packages would be distributed, and Mr. Sasahara very firmly stated that the packages would be assigned by DMP staff. Personally, I think that's the best way, as I think competing for packages would be stressful and would make the DMG more political and less supportive.
So the idea of DMG members engaging in a competition for a title (i.e. several groups provide the translation of the first chapter of a manga, then DM plus forum members rate the best version) is well and truly dead? I remember Mr. Sasahara mentioning it in an interview with Deb Aoki
months ago as a way to ensure good translation quality.
Revenue will not come from emanga rental ALONE. Whether or not titles will be for rent or keep (which costs more) has not been decided. It was also stated that we will also be offering DMG produced titles through all of our digital platforms, i.e. Kindle, Nook, Sony PSP etc.
I see. I was focusing on emanga in my question because it seemed to be the best established and most competitively priced digital format on the DMP site, so I assumed the majority of revenue would come from this format. From what I've read online, consumers also seem more positive about using emanga than an e-reader like Kindle (text being blurry, problems zooming in etc). Maybe this will change as the technology improves.