I just found this great article detailing how we can buy manga in electronic form the same way people in Japan do — current stuff, and lots of it, at reasonable prices. You can even read a few pages of each book free as a sample, to make sure the reading level is right for you before you buy.
We can even earn “points” towards discounts or free gifts or something, which seems to be as much a part of Japanese culture as throwing up the peace sign while being photographed.
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m certainly going to give it a try… I’ve been getting by with ordering books from Amazon.co.jp, and then usually looking for the raw scans in the dark corners of the internet anyway, so I can have them in electronic form. This could be way better.
If you check it out, please post here and let us know how it goes!