I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it at least - I mean, worst case scenario, you wouldn't get the 500 and you'd just...send the money back or something? And then you at least know for sure there isn't any interest.
In my case - and I want to be honest on this - I am over the stage of downloading manga. So I wouldn't donate, because I simply don't download anything. And even if you bring the manga reader back, there are still the old sites one can visit...
And even if I'd like to donate (which I'd probably do for old time's sake), the payment method you'll introduce will probably be something I'd have to make a new account for etc....so too much trouble :/
So most of the members might still be interested in downloading mangas, but you should also take into account those who might have lost interest, like I did...
... żIt's posible get your manga DB? I run a not profitable site, I can't look for profit to maintain the site under my country laws. An the host is free. Let me maintain the DB in this site anyway if you are going to other ways.
More and more sites are faling and people looking for manga can't get them T_T
Think about it, please. The manga DB may not to be lost.
Thanks for your words. Help us to maintain mangas on air ;D
Android games, even RPG or anime/manga related games, or games consoles are profitable ads. Annuncement of game events move great amount of people. More if those are associated with the anime/manga' scene. Manga magazines need of advertisement in not asian countries, in their foreing editions. Merchandising manga's articles shops, like PVC figures need ads on... And a large etc. A good point of view give you the start and the goal. A blind one, reserve you nothing! - I think those was Benjamin Franklin words... Probably he catched from a classic author like Caesar i.e. XD
If you keep the manga DB I have a free site or two where upload it, if you are going to abandon the manga way, let other people follow it, in my origin country I can't maintain a profitable site, 'couse it we continue serving free manga downloads with our own expenses in premium accounts, hosted in free servers, managing codenamed files with password, because there are D.O.G.s all around pursuing the culture fansub way. We eliminate the lcensed works in my origin country, if DMCA's barking around we have our sovereign authority like country, while not is licensed here, they have nothing to do HERE. That's the cuestion, many countries by alignment with them, or by afraid to them kiss their asses. 'Cause they have allowed it, we must charge with their delusions of grandeur... All their acolytes dance by their song... We can be allies, but not their laws marionettes. We not commit any offence, 'cause many of us buy more manga when we have knowledge about them than their thinking about "conspiracy paranoias" about profit losses. If it were not for fansub why is the "manga" word all around the world? By their pretty D.O.G.s faces? They pursuit dictators, but dictate their impositions. Bah! I think I've written too much, sorry for the raged words ;D
Greetings and ... Fight!!
... Porn? Well if you navigate in the Net, you have going to find the same you talked about free manga sites: too many free porn sites - including hentai and 3D porn animations -. Then you must think about cameras, filters, sound systems, dubbing, reccord and mix systems, decorates... Cheap motel rooms or rental houses, voyages to special locations like Ibiza, Center European countries; poor needed young girls - normaly drug hanged ones - to use and abuse -. Ah! sorry but your site will not be advertised by Google, or Blogger and their companies; they have a new policies campaign against human abuse, use, like prostitution, and all the world about it, included videos and pictures, many sites have being erased, Youtube is monitoring and erasing all porn material... You choose a wrong way in the Net. And there are KINGS in this TRADE WAY like Playboy, Penthouse, Private Cny., Papillon, etc. Well you can aspire to be one of their minions... Private Cny. look for franchise associated i.e.
No Google promotion, no knowledge about the site... And you can be pursuit by International Human Rights Laws. And so on again. We arrived to the same place... Nothing more than those ideas?
I'm going to reprime my laugh by respect.
I agree though that the DMCA issues and copyrighted work has gotten out of hand and really only serves to shutdown new ideas and their spread, I hope patent reform takes place, since all I seem to hear about is patent trolls. Many people still think the DMCA applies to other countries, and don't understand that U.S law is not the worlds law. I'm not sure anyone is actually buying Manga though, I see a lot of free loaders in the Manga community, I have no doubt there are some purchasers out there, but if they exist, they are few and far between.
Many of those you called secondary mangas are readed on my sites - better said, downloaded -. I have a one TB account to full with more and more - three free accounts of 50GBs at full capacity occupied - I lost three accounts and a premium one - my mate in the battleground lost four accounts too -, it was a hard shock; unfortunately more and more manga scan provider are falling, and increasingly we depend on fansubes directly more and more. But many of their links have fallen alike. Not all people want to read online, lately they download the mangas to ebooks, or iphones, tablets, etc... Here you go with another type of advertisement can you provide profit ... err donation ;)
Sorry to maintain the curse of the post, I think you must be tired in the time, you think was a waste; but believe me: many people was hopping more than those you call "well-read" mangas, I hate Naruto, One Piece, Bleach... ... ... I'm more sybarite about manga, all kind of them - not yaoi, this is and especiallity of a female member on my group - XD
Thanks for the good talk!