- n. (noun) The process of scanning and translating foreign language comics (especially Japanese manga or Korean manhwa) into the translator's language, for free distribution over the internet.
'Scanlation' is a blend of 'scan' and 'translation.'
“Although manga publishers have yet to clamp down on scanlators — fans who translate Japanese comics and post them online — a University of London professor thinks conflicts could arise as the global market becomes more lucrative. She estimates there are more than 1,000 scanlation groups worldwide.”
“There are many scanlation groups that drop a project after it is licensed, and tell the readers to support the author and buy the American release, but I would rather support the author without buying it.”
“With more and more scanlation aggregator sites going offline due to pressure from publishers, more digital initiatives are showing up from both the US and Japanese side to fill the void that is starting to show.”