Manga publisher Shonen Jump is going to start offering chapters of ongoing manga series for free on Dec. 17. The magazine will also offer subscriptions for $1.99 a month, which will allow readers access to a vault of thousands of comics.
"To remain competitive, Shonen Jump has to evolve," Vice President of Global Shonen Jump Hisashi Sasaki said in a video released on YouTube. "In the past we've transitioned from a print magazine to a digital magazine. And now we are excited about the new Shonen Jump. We saw many new readers come to Shonen Jump when we posted free chapters this year. We learned that free access gets more people reading manga. The new Shonen Jump will be legitimate, authentic and safe. You can go to ShonenJump.com or [the] app to read the newest manga for free, the same day as Japan."
For $1.99 a month, Shonen Jump members will get access to new chapters and a back catalog of nearly everything Shonen Jump has ever released in English," he continued. "By becoming a member, you can support mangaka [manga creators] and respect mangaka."
Viz's website -- where those interested can sign up -- promises access to a "Shonen Jump digital vault of 10,000+ chapters" and is available for a 7-day free trial. Shonen Jump publishes such series as One Piece, My Hero Academia, Boruto and Dragon Ball Super.
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