One Manga Reader
Update: One Manga Reader and the One Manga website for that matter are no longer available. Use alternatives such as Manga Viewer instead which you still find listed in the Chrome Web Store. The extension supports various popular manga sites.
One Manga is one of the most popular free Manga resource websites on the Internet. It hosts a huge number of Manga which can all be read online, or downloaded to a local computer system for offline reading.
Between ten and twenty new Manga are added everyday to the website. This makes it one of the most frequented websites for Manga lovers.
It hosts many of the most popular Manga series from Naruto and Bleach, over One Piece and Fairy Tail, to Full Metal Alchemist, Hunter X Hunter and Kenichi.
Users can visit the website to find out what's new, subscribe to an RSS feed or use the recently reviewed Google Chrome extension Manga Lover which displays the latest releases directly in the web browser.
One Manga Reader
One Manga Reader is an alternative to the options described above. What does it do? For starters, it displays a list of all Manga series that are hosted on One Manga. That alone is not that spectacular but the following options are.
One Manga will add all Manga that you start to read to the reading list. The reading list keeps track of the latest chapter that you have read, and displays the latest published chapter as well as links to all chapters of the Manga that are hosted on One Manga.
The extension provides a few options that can be configured in the Chrome extension manager. It is possible to remove ads from the One Manga website, display the Manga on one page instead of only a sheet per page, or display two sheets which is helpful for widescreen monitor users.
One Manga Reader can be downloaded from the Google Chrome Extension gallery.
All of the material on the One Manga site is in violation of American and Japanese copyright laws, despite the site’s numerous disclaimers — none of the posters have permission to distribute that material. Please don’t direct people to this site when there are licensed, legitimate versions of most of these series available in English!
As Katherine has stated, One Manga is a website operating against US and Japanese copyright law (as well as Canadian, British, and so many other countries’ own copyright laws). The material is being distributed illegally and is stolen. Not only that but the majority of the material on the site is horribly scanned from someone’s home copier and offers very poor reading material. Why would anybody want to promote stolen material as well as poor eyesight?
This is an article reviewing a new browser extension that helps when viewing an admittedly popular website. Nowhere in this article do I see the author claim that the content on OneManga is legal nor do they advise people to engage in illegal activity.
On tech blogs, you’ll find reviews of new extensions for browsers. If you can’t handle the fact that some extensions make it easier for some users to view/access illegal material, then you ought to stay off of tech blogs.
If you want to crusade against the illegal material and the sites that propagate it, then aim your righteous indignation where it belongs – and not at a tech blog that reports on new extensions that might be of interest to some of their users.
Also, I advise any followers of this blog to go and post your thoughts on this blog entry:
The author of said blog is attempting to turn this extension review into some kind of encouragement to engage in illegal activities. Clearly, she doesn’t understand tech blogs or their duty to keep readers informed of ALL tech news, be it about extensions, updates, gadgets, whatever.
Yes, there are extensions that facilitate not-entirely-legal (or even entirely illegal) activities. But regardless of whether you approve of what the end user DOES with these extensions, it’s still the duty of a tech blog to report on them and let users know about new advances in the tech world.
Just a heads up for those who might be wondering (and for Martin, himself) why this post is garnering some negative comments from self-righteous manga fans.
Keep up the techy goodness, my friends.
So, a site with a similar extension, but offered a feed of social security numbers instead of manga, would also be worthy of coverage then? Reviews of the latest warez? Why not drive traffic towards spam blogs which reproduce the posts from this site? That seems like a mighty impressive technology to me… content without work.
Mr. Brinkmann is free to report on whatever he wants. But it’s also fair for him and his readers to be made aware of the nature of sites such as OneManga, in case he is not familiar, and ask he exercise some editorial discretion not out of obligation to law, but obligation to journalistic integrity.
If I visit a hacking blog, I would expect to find posts highlighting the kinds of things you’re talking about. And I wouldn’t feel the need to post on them about the rights and wrongs of what they’re reviewing. I think it would be safe to say they know.
The same goes for tech blogs, but to a lesser degree. One only needs to look at gHacks to see that they highlight a lot of sites/extensions that could be used in less-than-legal ways. There’s an entire post dedicated to Rapidshare search engines. And when was the last time you had to do a third party Rapidshare search for a legally shared file?
My point is… It can be safely assumed that gHacks AND their reader base know what they’re doing here. They don’t need to be talked down to by a bunch of opinionated otaku who are trying to rid the world of scanlations by stating the obvious.
Maybe someone who just happened upon the Internet yesterday might need to be informed that scanlations are of questionable legality… but I assure you, the average tech blog reader has been around long enough to know better.
The bottom line: If you don’t like OneManga, tell it to OneManga. If you don’t like this extension, tell it to the extension creator. Martin’s only giving a heads-up to interested parties on a tech blog.
Yes, there are extensions that facilitate not-entirely-legal (or even entirely illegal) activities. But regardless of whether you approve of what the end user
DOES with these extensions, itâ€™s still the duty of a tech blog to report on them and let users know about new advances in the tech world.
And it’s the responsibility of a good tech blog to address these issues, not sweep them under the carpet or pretend that digital piracy is OK.
I really do not want to get into to many details here as this is not the right place to discuss the issue.
This is a tech blog, not a law blog and I’m not a lawyer. I write for a global audience. I have no time to check if a service or software is legal or not legal in all the countries in the world. That’s an impossible task.
I personally think that it is up to the user to be informed if a service is legal or illegal in their country. It is their responsibility to know that.
I write about tech, about services, sites, extensions and everything else that is popular on the Internet and that my audience likes.
And that’s it.
If people have problems with services that offer contents that are illegal in their countries then they should fight it out with that service. Not with me, not with my readers.
About the other contents on my blog that you mentioned. Yes I have written about Rapidshare and believe it or not, legal contents are also hosted there. But those reviews and articles make up less than a percent of the more than 7500 articles here on Ghacks.
They are part of the Internet culture and we at Ghacks write about that. Hope you understand my point of view and that of my readers. But even if you do not you should fight it out with the site owners.
“This is an article reviewing a new browser extension that helps when viewing an admittedly popular website. Nowhere in this article do I see the author claim that the content on OneManga is legal nor do they advise people to engage in illegal activity.”
This is an extension that is designed to facilitate the viewing of pirated material, and a review that devotes nearly half its paragraphs to pointing out the convenience and utility of a site that exists to host pirated material for profit. Nowhere does this review so much as mention the legal or moral issues involved. You could do better.
@Martin – I hope you didn’t take offense at any of my comments. I support everything you’ve said in your comment – and everything you’ve got in your blog :) As for the Rapidshare/etc comments – I was merely using them as an example that you clearly report on ALL KINDS of tech news, in ALL fields, regardless of how the end user might use those tech advancements. I’m actually grateful for this whole debacle for one reason – I found your blog and I’ll be following it from now on.
@Everyone Else –
From the initial blog post that likely brought you here, I quote:
“Second, post a polite comment at ghacks.net asking them to remove the articles about One Manga and other scanlation sites.”
This amounts to nothing more than CENSORSHIP. Martin has every right to blog about whatever he likes here, just as Katherine has every right to blog about whatever she likes on HER blog.
But where she’s WRONG is by asking her readers to mobilize and CENSOR others’ right to free speech. That does FAR more damage than any article about a Google Chrome extension ever could.
You should be ashamed of yourselves. That’s all I have to say.
Shari, I wouldn’t tell others to be ashamed of themselves- posting a link and reviewing a website which steals from numerous artists, publishers [Simon is a domestic manga publisher himself, so he knows what he’s talking about], translators, distributors and retailers is a shameful thing to do. It’s also irresponsible in that in promoting it, you are condoning the illegal activities. If you don’t want ire from respectable manga and comics fans, then don’t post this sort of review.
I’d of perferred if you guys reviewed a webcomics website if you wanted to review a site created for reading comics online. Sites like http://www.girlamatic.com or http://www.onlinecomics.net offer lots of content created and owned by the artists who post it to their services.
While OneManga is an example of an illegal, insidious and outright evil website, that abuses creative rights and lies to consumers by presenting itself as something legitimate when it’s not. It steals and abuses creator rights. I would recommend removing this review.
what are you talking about Insidious and Evil, that was OneManga Not 4-chan.
It had nothing to do with the Artists of the Manga’s themselves. Most of the Mangaka’s had no problem with OneManga.com except for Tite Kubo.
You want to know had a problem with them, the Publishers, the ones that are playing the “Money, Money I want More Money Game”. Most of those Manga weren’t even in Official Circulation Anymore Like Sailormoon, they Don’t even Publish half the Manga that they had on that website at all anymore, Sure they had (Naruto/Bleach/FMA) I’m sure it would have been fine…if they didn’t get those chapters out faster than the American Distributors could.
But them’s the breaks. It wasn’t that they were Evil or Insidious or Malicious, It was a fan-made site that was dedicated to Manga. The Fact that the Manga industry seems to be going the way of the Music Industry and is going to start Alienating it’s fans is sad.
I’m going to miss Manga.
Shari, no, it’s not censorship. It’s, at worst, inciting trolling and Wagging Their Fingers in Moral Disapproval.
How y’all think a target audience nerdy enough to be reading gHacks *and* be interested in manga wouldn’t ALREADY KNOW about the nature of scanlations is just baffling though.
It’s not the responsibility of this blog to go over the moral or legal implications of everything they post about.
>If I visit a hacking blog, I would expect to find posts highlighting the kinds of things youâ€™re talking about.
My apologies for assuming this is a professional media blog with aspirations to meet minimal journalistic standards.
>One only needs to look at gHacks to see that they highlight a lot of sites/extensions that could be used in less-than-legal ways. Thereâ€™s an entire post dedicated to Rapidshare search engines.
I’m not sure the comparison is apt. Outside of its community forums, there is -no- legal content at OneManga at all. None whatsoever. I believe the content is also not user-generated, as is at Rapidshare.
>My point isâ€¦ It can be safely assumed that gHacks AND their reader base know what theyâ€™re doing here
No, it is not. and it’s a horrendously faulty assumption to make. The post attracted as much attention as it did because it came up as a top search for the term “manga.” It is then fair for the illicit nature of the site to be pointed out, for the first time visitors, children, etc, who visit here.
>If people have problems with services that offer contents that are illegal in their countries then they should fight it out with that service. Not with me, not with my readers.
This is not an us-versus-them issue. Those who hold viewpoints contrary to yours are just as much a part of the internet community, and of your readership. I find it odd anyone would think that he can write on the internet, yet be absolved of the responsibility to defend his comments when challenged, to leave his words and ideas orphaned and abandoned.
Rather than a fight, I sincerely hope you would see this as a moment of elucidation for you and your readers. At the very least, you’ve provided a platform for it through the comments, and I assure you that is appreciated.
Just kinda jumping in here bu there is a huge fact you guys failed to notice should publishers of the mangas can contact onemanga, onemanga will and has stopped posting the manga.The publishers let it happen, like what vis media has done with fansubs of naruto where they are subbing it for free now at http://www.crunchyroll.com just let the publishers deal with it its their property not yours.