Viz Media announced the launch of their online manga site, VIZManga.com, at their 25th anniversary party in San Diego last night. The site syncs with their iPad and iPhone apps, so users can buy the manga on one platform and read it on all three, and it is also compatible with Android devices. As with the iOS apps, the manga is priced at $4.99 per volume, but Viz is offering 40% off all volume 1’s through July 31 to get people started. In addition, the first chapter of every manga is available as a free preview. Viz has been aggressive with their digital strategy, so the new site launches with over 300 volumes comprising more than 40 series, and some, such as Bakuman, are up to date with the print releases.
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