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NEC Biglobe Sells E-Books, Manga in International Android Apps (Updated)

On Monday, the Japanese online services provider NEC BIGLOBE announced that it has launched applications for the Android mobile device operating system which allows users to purchase digital manga in English and Japanese. The English version includes over 100 series for four audiences (shōnen, shōjo, josei, and seinen), such as Shirow Masamune's Appleseed, Kazuo Umezu's Cat Eyed Girl, and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's Joan.

Each manga series offers a free preview, and users can purchase "tickets" in order to acquire additional chapters. These chapters vary in length. Tickets can be purchased in packs of 100, 500, 1,050, and 2,200; prices are listed both in Japanese yen and U.S. dollars. At press time, these prices were US$1.25, US$6.26, US$12.51, and US$25.02 respectively.

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