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TOKYOPOP offering digital downloads through Zinio

Gyakushu!

Gyakushu!

TOKYOPOP announced today that they’ve teamed with the website Zinio — “the world’s top digital publishing distribution service,” according to the press release — to make “more than fifty volumes of manga, available immediately for digital download to your PC and Mac by visiting www.Zinio.com/tokyopop.”

Looking at the site right now, I’m only counting a little over 20 titles, so they probably aren’t quite done uploading yet. Volumes cost $5.99, and titles available as I type this include Gyakushu! by Dan Hipp, Earthlight by Stuart Moore and Christopher Schons, and The Dreaming by Queenie Chan.

“I have always been a strong advocate for digital-in fact, my DNA is made entirely from 0′s and 1′s,” said Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP’s founder, in the release. “The manga lifestyle is rapidly moving online and we are committed to finding the best experience possible in that medium. Zinio offers the top online reading experience, and their team is committed to providing a 360º accessibility.”

The complete release can be found after the jump.

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Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2010) – TOKYOPOP, the leader of the global manga revolution, and Zinio, the world’s top digital publishing distribution service, today announced a partnership that offers more than fifty volumes of manga, available immediately for digital download to your PC and Mac by visiting www.Zinio.com/tokyopop.

The debut list of titles for sale includes the bestsellers Bizenghast, Dramacon, and Princess Ai; manga-adapted-to-film series such as The Dreaming and Van Von Hunter; the groundbreaking shonen-ai hit Gravitation, and Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth and Legends of the Dark Crystal. Release dates for future titles, including Min-Woo Hyung’s Priest, inspiration for the Spring 2011 3-D film from Sony/Screen Gems, will be announced and made available for digital download soon.

Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP’s founder, producer of the upcoming films Priest and The Dreaming and director of Van Von Hunter, each based on the company’s manga series, says, “I have always been a strong advocate for digital-in fact, my DNA is made entirely from 0′s and 1′s. The manga lifestyle is rapidly moving online and we are committed to finding the best experience possible in that medium. Zinio offers the top online reading experience, and their team is committed to providing a 360º accessibility.”

For consumers, Zinio enables the ability to shop for, search inside, read, share, and save digital content to your computer. Similar to thumbing through the print edition at a local bookstore, readers of TOKYOPOP digital versions can preview pages of each manga, free of charge.

“More than a decade ago, TOKYOPOP introduced manga to America, building a category that has been embraced by millions of teens,” says Rich Maggiotto, President & CEO, Zinio. “We’re thrilled to have a partnership that will offer loyal and new manga readers these digital editions.”

Initially, most manga on the launch list will sell for a material discount, $5.99 per volume, while some larger volumes, such as the Gravitation collection–a two-volume omnibus edition–are priced at $7.99. For a complete list of titles, please visit www.Zinio.com/tokyopop.

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I’m not sure what “360º accessibility” means, but I’m liking the 5.99 price tag. Now I just need to wait for the iPads to drop in price so I won’t feel like I’m shoveling out a small fortune to get one.

I’m with Joe H on this one. When more companies start doing the same and when iPad prices go down a little, I’m totally jumping into digital consumption. Problem is, I don’t have any other reason to own an iPad, and too few companies are offering digital comics at a good price and with a good selection.

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