The model itself isn't really that bad (though it would work better if they offered a flat rate subscription that just unlocks everything the way Viz does with Shonen Jump). The main problem is that they currently lack the secondary infrastructure that is needed for this model. When this type of model is used in Japan, if you like something enough to plunk down cash for it, you can go over to Bookwalker or Amazon or something and just buy the volume once it's available.
The problem here is there's no indication that AlphaPolis plans or has any intention of collating the chapters released in the AlphaManga app into volumes for sale digitally or otherwise in English which means outside of Isekai Tensei Soudouki there's currently no way to make a purchase to own (you could buy Re:Monster from SevenSeas, but it's going to be a different TL/Lettering than the version in the AlphaManga app). Given that a number of titles in the app now have enough chapters released that we could easily be on vol 3 or 4 of the mangas, it's honestly not looking good.
If they at least announced their intent to release digital volumes for sale on storefronts, I could at least get behind the model as it stands now.
I've never honestly seen the content overlap between providers, so much like how the world of streaming video has segmented off into individual corporate providers much how like cable TV did, legit manga sites basically offer you titles that each company owns and you'd need to subscribe to multiple sites to get everything being offered.
If you're interested in the SJ titles Viz does though, you only need an account to stay current. I believe the first 3 chapters and the most recent 3 chapters are available with free accounts, you only need a paid subscription if you want to access chapters outside of that.
In terms of the industry I don't think it has a major impact. Assuming these overstock sellers are acquiring their stock legitimately, then the publishers have likely already factored them into their contracts with bookstores.
both manga following the Light Novel right? both artwork are lovely but are they taking different perspective?
Yes, both manga appear to follow the light novel. They don't exactly take different perspectives, but they each adapt the material a little differently. Notably, the second version covers the ground more quickly, and it does this with some clever choices about when to conflate into a single scene moments that occur separately in the other versions. (For example, explanations or deductions that Maomao spells out after a case concludes in the other versions sometimes occur as internal monologue in the midst of events in the second manga.)
I think both manga versions are lovely, and appreciate that they look so distinct. I'm especially intrigued by the slender, almost lanky appearance of the characters in the second version, which in my mind almost looks more "realistic," if that makes sense.
In case anyone was interested but not aware, Square Enix is currently publishing the first of the two manga versions in English under the title The Apothecary Diaries. And of course, the LN is available right here on J-Novel... ;-)
Idk, but honestly im still thinking about "by the grace of the gods". As a story its fine but how can a novel end like that? Every volume ends like commercial brake. I feel author saying "5 min break guys, i'll be back" and keeps in next volume never didnt end of the previous book.
Its a reboot, you might think they would do something about it but nah, its just free money. At least i got that kind a vibe.