Fan translation

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Fan translation refers to the unofficial translation of various forms of media made by fans (Fan labor), usually into a language in which an official translated version is not available.


Notable areas of fan translation include:

  • Scanlation – the distribution of fan translated comics, especially manga, as computer images which have been scanned and translated by fans. An alternative method of distributing fan-translated sequential art is to distribute only the translated text, requiring readers to purchase a copy of the work in the original language.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Self-Organized Citizen Translations of Harry Potter 7", 26 July 2007 (English translation of original Chinese article from yWeekend)