I'm new into the anime/manga scene so forgive me if this has been answered many of times. I know the answer probably has something to do with licensing, but why is manga so far behind here in North American than in Japan?
I was at Chapters looking at the volumes released and the Shonen Jump magazine released and they are so far behind. What doesn't make sense to me is I think they are losing money because of this. I would love to buy the manga, but what's the point of buying manga that you've already read online?
Even if it takes them a week, hell even a month, to translate Shonen Jump, their sales would increase ten fold. More people would buy the manga considering they only have to wait a week or so instead of waiting a year.
Personally I wont buy any manga considering I've already read it. However if it was released in a respectable time period here in North America I'd probably buy them all no matter the cost.
So why does manga get released so late here in North America? Does somebody have an answer that would make sense to this?