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Old 09-30-2006, 04:21 PM   #1
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Sony Reader works well with Manga (review)

CBR's Tony Salvaggio has reviewed the Sony Reader's capabilities to display Manga content.

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Optimizing Manga for display on the Reader is no easy task, as the subtle tones and varied line weights have to be processed into the 4 color palette of the Reader. At 160 DPI, the manga displayed on the 6 inch screen was small, but very legible. Sources at Tokyopop confirmed that this level of legibility was arrived at through much trial and error, and more than a few pre-processing scripts before being encoded into the Reader's proprietary format. On the plus side, I was able to read the manga with no eye strain, even at the slightly reduced size (compared to the original print version).
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It seems that Tokyopop is one of the few publishers to jump on to the Sony Reader at the launch stage, although I did see a test example from another publisher, as well as a brand new Harlequin manga that came in the day I was at Sony. The complex tones of the shojou style book held up very well and increased my anticipation for what this technology could mean for portable manga reading.
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:54 PM   #2
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wow, very interesting.
Looks like a good way to read all those unlicensed mangas while being outside
But I wonder, how does normal manga in JPEG format look like, without this extensive encoding....
btw, can someone post some pictures of manga on sony reader/iliad or share their experience with manga on e-ink device ?
It would be very interesting to know....
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I tried some jpegs of some X-Men comics I have, the result was very clear but very small.
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