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Reading Manga: Physical vs. Digital

As I sit here looking at my poor bookshelf, I can’t help but think about the evolution of reading.

I started collecting manga when I was in middle school, and I believe my first series was Peach Girl by Miwa Ueda.

If you don’t know about the series, it follows Momo, who is blonde because that’s her natural hair color, and tan because she was on the swim team.

However, her “best friend” Sae is basically out to ruin her life for seemingly no good reason, and unfortunately, Momo is an easy target.
People who look like Momo tend to have a bad reputation, so Momo is easily the butt of the rumor mill, and Sae is the miller.

The Peach Girl collection grew to Chobits by CLAMP, then Dragon Knights by Mineko Okhami, and so on.

My bookshelf is inundated with my book collection; however, I haven’t purchased a physical manga in years though, thanks to the advent of smartphones and apps.

An app can give you access to EVERYTHING without accumulating a lot of books to find space for.

My favorite manga reading apps include the Shonen Jump app and the Viz Media app.

Both of these have allowed me to keep up with One Piece, Black Clover, and soon I’m going to start reading Yona of the Dawn because the anime ended way too soon, and that made me a little sad.

Something about it not being popular enough or whatever.

Yona is good. You should read/watch it. Just watch out for Su Won.

That guy makes me want to throw things.

Anyway, each has its pros and cons, and it depends on how you like to read in general.

I love digital because my phone is always in my hand anyway, and up until recently, I was moving around a lot.

One of my best friends prefers print because she likes to physically hold the book and be able to look at her collection.

She pointed out that her vast collection is partially my fault because the first manga she got was a gift from me.

Physical or digital, whatever your manga reading preferences, remember to turn or swipe to the right.

Until next time.



Author: Angela Ruiz

I’m an amateur blogger trying to find my way in the world. As a Master of Music Education and 6 years of teaching orchestra my life is heading in a new direction. As an entrepreneur and violinist, I’m exploring this new normal.

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