Tokyopop has launched a new online store (in beta), which will offer previously out of print manga titles using print on demand service provided by Baker & Taylor’s TextStream. Tokyopop did not provide a complete list of previously OP titles that are being made available via the P.O.D. service, but three were named: Arm of Kannon, Gorgeous Carat, and Liling-Po. The print-on-demand titles are being offered at $15.99.
We also noticed the odd OP volume of more current series offered via P.O.D., such as Fruits Basket Vol. 1 and Vol. 5 (that Fruits Basket content is now available in the larger Ultimate Editions).
The POD service will be useful for fans, collectors, and libraries seeking to fill out a run or replace a damaged volume. No trade discounts on P.O.D. titles are being offered at this time.
The store is offering a 30% off sale as a launch incentive.
The new Website also uses MashON to offer branded merchandise; at this point a limited line of Tokyopop-branded iPhone skins and miniposters is offered.