Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DMG Titles: Kindle vs. Nook vs DMP App

Big thanks to Boys Love Bang Bang ( @BLBangBang), prettyism, @DefiantAndi from Defiant Endeavors, and azurelucy for contributing pictures of their devices!

First up, the Kindles! I was disappointed by how The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe appeared on my graphite Kindle (top left), but it looked much better on prettyism's Kindle (top right). I have no idea why since they appear to be similar models, but maybe I just need to fiddle with my settings.

a) My older Kindle
b) prettyism's Kindle

c) BLBB's Kindle Fire
d) iPad Kindle App

BLBB's Kindle Fire (bottom left) still has some white space, but the contrast looks pretty good. Considering the price of the Fire, this is a pretty sweet toy. Enjoy, hun! To round things out, I've also included the Kindle iPad App (bottom right). As mentioned in a previous post, there's lots of white space since the files were made for a different sized screen, but the quality is still good.

Without geeking out and getting consistent lighting and scale references and good cameras (I used an iPhone), it looks like the Kindle iPad app and the Fire are pretty comparable. You can zoom in on both, but both BLBB and I agree that there is an unfortunate amount of image compression, and the artifacts make reading small side text difficult. Also, you can't swipe to the next page when you're zoomed in. You have to hit the X to close the zoom window before moving on.

Also, Amazon has rejected an explicit BDSM DMG title, and it's unclear if more titles will be removed in the future. I'll update here as we find out more info.

Next up are the Nooks:

e) Andi's Nook
f) azurelucy's Nook Color (with a regular Nook edition)

g) Rae's Nook Color (with a Nook Color edition)
h) Nook iPad App

They look comparable to their respective Kindle counterparts, but due to circumstances beyond our (and DMG's) control, the Nook file format is higher quality than the Kindle file format. There's no noticeable compression or artifacts, and the files are still negligibly small on broadband (~15 MB).

There are two editions of each book: regular and color. The Color Edition is formatted to fit the dimensions of the larger screen, which is why Rae's DMG title fills the screen and lucy's still has some margin. For the record, BN has not rejected or pulled any DMP titles.

And then there's the DMP app available for iPad and Android tablets:

i) DMP's iPad App
j) DMP's Android App (Samsung Galaxy Tab)

...which is the best quality for the iPad, but books are $1 more than Amazon and BN (see this post). Apple has pulled DMP's more explicit titles from the DMP app in iTunes, but lucky Android owners still have the full library.

For the technologically savvy folks, here's a screenshot from a rooted Sony PRS-T1. The dimensions of the manga match the screen, so this is a good alternative to a Kindle Touch or Nook Touch.

k) azurelucy's Sony PRS-T1 running Aldiko

I'm always on the look out for more pictures of DMG titles on readers and to hear what your experience has been like with digital manga.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Golden Ham Style!!

Who doesn't love Ham-chan?

The Rule Of Standing On Tiptoe - Senobi No Housoku (C) Puku Okuyama. 
All rights reserved. 
Original Japanese edition published in 2011 by Taiyoh Tosho Publishing Co., Ltd.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Rainy Day Love is OUT!

I REALLY liked the art in this book. It reminded me of the character drawings for Final Fantasy Tactics. I can't believe it was Konno-sensei's first title, too. I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future!!

Like I said on Twitter, this is the perfect mixture of sweetness and smut. Everything is moving along as cute as can be and then, wow, it gets a little spicy. It goes back to the sugar, and then BAM.

Get it now on eManga, Kindle, Nook, and Nook Color!
(Rated 18+)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Digital Manga Publishing App

DMP just released an Android and iTunes app for downloading and reading manga. I can only vouch for the iPad version, and the image quality is fantastic. The pages are formatted to fit the iPad perfectly, and they look good even when you zoom in.

The interface is intuitive and responsive (I've tried manga readers where you had to swipe hard and decisively to turn the page), and there was no lag when I was swiping through the pages quickly. Each book has a 10-page preview, though for many of them, the first 9 pages are all title, table of contents, credits, etc.

The only strange thing is that the DMG titles are $8.99 compared to $7.95 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I guess you get what you pay for, though, since it is a better iPad reading experience than the Nook or Kindle app (I mentioned in a previous post that the Nook and Kindle pages are sized for the e-readers and don't fill up the entire iPad screen). I'm still waiting to see if anything changes when the new Nook and Kindle tablets come up, but for now, this DMP app is the best option for reading DMG titles on an iPad.

EDIT: I figured out the reason the titles are more expensive using the iPad app. The books are in-app purchases and are charged to your Apple account, not to your eManga or other DMP account. Since Apple takes a cut, DMP priced everything higher accordingly. The books range in the 100 MB range, which explains why the quality is fantastic.

iTunes App Store
Android Market