ComiXology made a big announcement on Friday: They are getting in the simulpub business, releasing new chapters of Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, and other Kodansha series the same day they come out in Japan. The chapters will be available on comiXology and Kindle, and each chapter will cost $1.99, although if you’re playing catch-up, you may want to check out the full volumes (also available on comiXology) as that’s usually the cheaper way to go.
This gives dedicated fans of these series an interesting choice, because Crunchyroll’s manga service also offers new chapters, many of which are simulpubbed—and the latest chapter is always free. Subscribers who pay $6.95 a month can read earlier chapters as well, but it’s all streaming—you don’t own the manga, and if you stop subscribing you lose access.
So which will readers prefer? Pay two bucks to own the chapter or read it for free but have it disappear in a week? Or maybe the third option—go for Crunchyroll’s all-you-can-eat model?
Here’s the full list of series that will be available on comiXology and Kindle the same day they come out in Japan:
As the Gods Will: The Second Series
GTO Paradise Lost
The Seven Deadly Sins
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
Attack on Titan
Kiss Him, Not Me
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4
Sweetness and Lightning