Yes, it is true. Random House will stop publishing manga licensed from Kodansha Ltd. However, Kodansha USA Publishing will be printing the manga titles in the states. Random House Publisher Services will be providing the sales and distribution services to Kodansha USA in December. My question is, what about others who may have licensing agreements with Kodansha? What will happen to those titles?
© 2010 Linda Thai
Check out the links below for more information:
Kodansha Sets Up Shop To Publish Manga in U.S. By Calvin Reid, Publisher's Weekly, Oct 07, 2009
Kodansha to Shift U.S. Titles Random House to Handle Sales & Distribution by ICv2, Published: 10/04/2010, Last Updated: 10/05/2010 01:35am
Random House to Shift Manga Publishing to Kodansha USA Publishing by Publisher's Weekly, Oct 04, 2010
Kodansha and Random House Transform and Expand Their U.S. Manga Publishing Relationship Kodansha Comics Press Release