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Sales of digital manga in 2017 surpassed their printed versions for the first time, an industry research institute said Monday, highlighting a shift in reader preferences.

According to a survey by the Research Institute for Publications, sales of digital manga last year are estimated to have risen 17.2 percent from a year earlier to ¥171.1 billion ($1.6 billion), while sales of physical manga fell roughly 14.4 percent to ¥166.6 billion.

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