Manga cafés: a source of competition that has much to teach librarians
Manga cafés have recently begun springing up in France. The concept, which originated in Japan, involves readers paying to read mangas. This alternative, or rather competitor, to traditional public library services has much to teach librarians. The cafés take full advantage of the specific nature of the manga format and the cultural practices that go along with it. These are often wholly unfamiliar to librarians, who are increasingly being required to build up manga collections.