Digital Translated Doujinshi?
I was doing translation for one of Mutant Hero X’s Touhou doujinshi and an idea struck me. Would anyone buy digital translated doujinshi, where at least half of the money goes back to the original author?
Very often, why I skip a lot of good quality doujinshis and not put them up on DoujinGO, is because most people wouldn’t spend the money to buy a doujinshi in a language they don’t understand. And it is way too time-consuming for me to actually do translations and the most it will be is in a not so reader friendly word-document, as I do not have access to the original artwork. (Editing images also take a hella time too.)
So if it was possible for the author to give me (and definitely a team) permission to edit the doujinshi to insert in the English translations, and present it as a translated doujinshi, would people be more inclined to get them? The physical copy would still be available of course, but definitely more expensive than the digital copy, cos of shipping fees (see below).
Another thing about physical copies is that the shipping fees is really high because of all the additional packaging and materials needed to make sure it isn’t terribly damaged in the transit process. That adds to the cost of packaging materials as well as weight of the entire package, which adds to shipping fees. So a digital version will definitely eliminate all these and allow the doujinshis to be offered at a lower price. Not too low as well, as I want to make sure that the original author gets back the sum he/she gets when selling the physical copy, else there is not much point for them to actually consent to a digital copy.
And of course the usual more eco-friendly and definitely VERY portable reason, especially since a lot of people either own a smartphone or a tablet these days.
So, I’ve done up a survey to see what all of you think of it? You can help decide the price range and percentage going back to the author. But actual implementation will actually have to be worked out in detail later on. So it may not be according to the most popular option, but I’ll definitely try my best or at least use the survey as a base criteria.
Depending on the responses, this idea may get scraped or be on a beta status. So even if you don’t bother to do most of the polls/surveys here on DoujinGO, please do help out by doing this one. It’s anonymous.
And If anyone has any suggestions or idea,s please do let me know. Either message me, submit something or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey is below and will end at the end of the month (31st September). You may need to click on that little box to open it up in a new window. Or if you can’t see it, you can access it here.