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VIZ Media and Barnes & Noble's Christmas Joint
By The Editor
December 20, 2011 - 12:13


Titles From Leading Manga Publisher Debut Today Exclusively On Barnes & Noble’s 7-Inch NOOK© Devices Presented In The Original Japanese Right-To-Left Reading Format

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of digital media and educational products, today announced that it has teamed up with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and publisher of anime and manga in North America, to bring the digital manga (graphic novel) experience to NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers. Debuting in the NOOK Store™ today, VIZ Media’s collection includes 18 series, featuring 107 volumes, from its popular Shojo Beat, Shonen Sunday and VIZ Signature imprints. Volumes are available for purchase and fast download in the U.S. and Canada for $4.99 - $9.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. New digital manga volumes, including previews, will be available weekly.

Viewing manga on NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color is authentic thanks to Barnes & Noble’s newly implemented technology that formats manga in its original right-to-left reading order. Read your favorite graphic novels on the award-winning NOOK 7-inch devices, which feature a full-color VividView™ touchscreen. NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color also give you access to the world’s largest digital bookstore, popular movies, TV shows, music and more through the top entertainment services, as well as a collection of high-quality apps, fast Web browsing and email.

Over its 25 year history, VIZ Media has led the transformation of manga and anime from a niche category into a mass media phenomenon, telling stories that resonate with audiences and fans all over North America. The VIZ Media library includes global hits like BLACK BIRD, BLEACH, CROSS GAME, KEKKAISHI, NARUTO and VAMPIRE KNIGHT.

“NOOK Tablet  and NOOK Color are ideal devices for our customers to enjoy manga in stunning high resolution color that virtually makes the action leap off the page,” said Theresa Horner, Vice President of Digital Content for Barnes & Noble. “We’re excited to work with VIZ Media to offer NOOK customers access to some of the most popular manga titles available in North America.”

“The Barnes & Noble team and VIZ Media have put together a fantastic manga reading experience by giving NOOK customers full control of their reading experience with the ability to pinch and zoom to dive into the tiniest details” says Alvin Lu, Senior Vice President and General Manager of VIZ Media. “Barnes & Noble has been a major partner with VIZ Media for many years in growing the North American print manga market, and we’re very excited to expand our relationship to make our vast digital library of manga titles available to NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color customers. Over 100 volumes will be available at launch and we look forward to quickly expanding these selections to more than 500 in the coming months.”

The following manga titles are available today with many more coming:

Absolute Boyfriend Vols. 1-6 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Arata: The Legend Vols. 1-8 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Backstage Prince Vols. 1 & 2 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Beast Master Vols. 1-2 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Black Bird Vols. 1-11 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Children of the Sea Vols. 1-4 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Cross Game Vols. 1-4 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Dengeki Daisy Vols. 1-7 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Fushigi Yugi: Genbu KaidEn Vols. 1-9 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

House of Five Leaves Vols. 1-5 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Hyde & Closer Vols. 1-6 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

I'll Give It My All...Tomorrow Vols. 1-4 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Kekkaishi Vols. 1-19 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Maoh: Juvenile remix Vols. 1-7 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

not simple ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

Oishinbo Vols. 1-5 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Saturn Apartments Vols. 1-4 ·  Rated “T” for Teens

Solanin ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

What A Wonderful World! Vols. 1 & 2 ·  Rated “T+” for Older Teens

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit

For more information on NOOK, please visit

To purchase VIZ Media manga titles for the NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color, please visit the NOOK Book Store at


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