Re: Just how many volumes of Naruto have you actually bought?
Mangaka need the money to buy food, to pay the bills, in short to be able to live.
Originally Posted by Jordanofthecloud
Also, Shonen Jump actually looks at how many manga are being sold of a serie. If the polls don't turn out well for a serie and the sale isn't going well either, a serie can be in danger of being removed from the magazine because it doesn't bring enough profit.
So if nobody bought a manga and only read it online for free, then there would be no series made.
Authors get paid by the amount of books they sell, it's the same with mangaka, it's the same for everyone else with a job.