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Old 11-17-2007, 06:03 PM   #16
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Thank you for the picture. I would love to see the Naruto image loaded onto the Sony Reader as well. If possible, could you post the jpg file which you load onto the reader as well?
This is the Sony PRS-505.

Btw, I've just tried the sample manga included on the iLiad (Old Boy) and it looks fantastic !
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:31 PM   #17
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http://home.comcast.net/~shinseiryu/claymore.jpg
That is the .jpg I copied to the reader.

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Old 11-18-2007, 04:30 AM   #18
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Thank you for the jpg for comparison. The image on the PRS 505 looks quite good compared to the original in my opinion.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:49 AM   #19
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Scanlations are done by amateurs and with the really popular manga like Naruto there's a sort of competition between groups to release the latest chapter before others. Thus the quality often suffers.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:27 AM   #21
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It's like scene mp3 groups who reease MP3 of the latest CD and do such a horrible job at it too.
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:56 AM   #22
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Scanlations are done by amateurs and with the really popular manga like Naruto there's a sort of competition between groups to release the latest chapter before others. Thus the quality often suffers.
These are illegal productions done by copyright-violating criminals, are they not? a reminder to everybody that we do not permit discussion of illegal material on MR.
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:39 AM   #23
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AFAIK, non-commercial copyright infringement is not a criminal offense yet. So it would be a mistake to call scanlators "criminals".
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Old 11-18-2007, 11:42 AM   #24
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It's certainly illegal, even if "merely" a civil offence rather than a criminal one. To my mind, it is inappropriate to condone the actions of people such as these who knowingly and cynically break the law.
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True scanlation seems like a bit of a gray area, since the translations of many manga aren't available in English. I used to buy the manga in Japanese from Kinokuniya and download translated scripts, and read them side-by-side, but that really is inconvenient for anyone who's not trying to learn Japanese.

On the other hand, I can see that scanlations are often still circulated even after the commercial translations are available. Some of this might be because some people prefer the fan translations (there are some commercial translations that I really dislike), but then again, the quality of the fan translations is... shall we say... "highly variable." Some of the circulation is probably due to people being cheap about paying for manga, but some may be due to the lack of official e-manga (at least in Western countries).

All that being said, I think we can "discuss" scanlation here, but as with other pirated content, ought not to post whole works. Posting a single page image for hardware display comparisons seems harmless enough, though. It's just a scanned page, whatever the source.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:09 PM   #26
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Just want to bump this link again: http://hightech.afmag.net/reading-ma...ve-review.html


I convert all manga to lrf, because this reduces the sizes considerably. 200MB into 20MB or less. And with even these sizes, a 2GB card gets filled up really quick.

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Like nekokami said, there are 2 different type of scanlations. 1 is the original, noble scanlation project where groups are scanning and translates unlicensed manga into english so they get a broader audience, 2nd are those who don't care about (US) licensing and translates and release the manga.

So it's really a gray area, especially since there are official translated manga which gets retranslated because scanlation groups gave a better translation to the publisher. (GTO is an example of these)
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:52 AM   #27
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I convert all manga to lrf, because this reduces the sizes considerably. 200MB into 20MB or less. And with even these sizes, a 2GB card gets filled up really quick.
Is there a way to convert jpgs to lrf or do you convert from pdf?
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Old 11-19-2007, 08:58 AM   #28
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Oops, please ignore my question above. i just clicked on your link. Very informative, thank you.
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