I like to read digital comics off my own computer, whenever I want with the program I want (CDisplay) and in the highest resolution possible. That’s why every release on this site has been zipped up to download at your leisure, and that’s not going to change.
But it’s come to my attention that there are people who have never read a comic on their computer before, and aren’t particularly enticed by the idea. It goes without saying that these people have never heard of programs for reading comics, and have nothing but the awful Windows Picture Viewer to do that for them.
Since to these people, manga is already black and white and backwards, I don’t want to be putting up any more barriers to entry for them. If they want to read something scanlated by this site, I want them to be able to, and with ease.
This is probably most likely to happen by one of those websites that allow people to read manga online at the click of a button. Hundreds of them seem to have cropped up in recent years, and while I don’t use them, I get that a lot of people do. It’d be nice to be able to include a “Read Online” link with the usual download links to make sure I’m getting through to as many people as I can.
Frankly I don’t know how these sites don’t get shut down, but I bet there’s more than a few out there now that’re hosting all of our releases. Which of these sites should I link to?
I’d like to choose a site that avoids as many of the following things as possible, but I understand they pretty much all do these:
1) Big fuck-off watermarks
2) No credit for the scanlator or original author
4) Tiny little scans
5) Strange interface or anything else that gets in the way of the reading experience