Looks like Kodansha is aiming to get a firmer grip on the American manga market. Kodansha along with IT firm Digital Garage announced the launch of Kodansha Advanced Media LLC (KAM), a subsidiary of the Japanese publisher Kodansha Ltd, which specializes in digital content delivery. This was done in order to keep up with consumer demands and to catch up with other publishers like Marvel who offer digital versions of their titles.
As a part of this move, Kodansha will beef up their simultaneous releases in Japan and the United States from 20 to 30 by the end of 2015. Meaning that US fans wont have to wait months for the latest chapter of their favorite titles. They also plan to increase their English language offerings from their current 400 titles to 2,000 by the end of 2017. Those are pretty ambitious goals, but welcomed by a dedicated niche market that has to resort to pirated online manga in order to read the latest chapters or titles not made available officially in English.
In order to reach as many people as possible, Kodansha will increase their ties with digital book platforms Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.
All of this was revealed during San Francisco's 2015 J-Pop Summit event which took place August 7-9. Having more options is never a bad thing. I personally enjoy the convienence of being able to read a new chapter by taking out a tablet or phone wherever I am. Though I also buy physical versions of my favorite titles because the collector in me refuses to die. So what do you guys think?