The new ebookjapan has launched its website and app since the beginning of March. Its predecessor is still up and functional* where existing users can migrate to the new website.
*They no longer accept new users.
Wishlists, adding titles to auto-purchase, new reviews and newsletters are no longer available. (Info found here.)
ebiReader, the reader app is unable to support purchases made on the new website.
Here are links for the new reader on various platforms that I can find so far. Purchased titles are still available to view on browsers, if not on the app.
A 50% off coupon for your first order (up to 500yen off) and a points giveaway are already underway on the new website.
Free manga serialisations using the ticket system (replenishes twice a day) are available. This feature is seen on LINE Manga and other apps.
Overseas-issued credit/debit cards may or may not be viable. Checks on their social media replies show that they cannot guarantee that it will work. I have not tried this.
I will follow up with an updated post on the interface of the new website and app.
This news definitely rocked my confidence in buying Japanese ebooks.
Region restrictions are tricky if you don’t know any better. Shipping costs skyrocket if you plan to import your favourite series.
Japan sure makes it hard for us to hand them our money to consume their content. There are alternatives but this feels like a slap in the face.
It hasn’t been roses and sunshine for the ebookjapan team either.
Complaints on social media vary from
- Delay in reflecting purchased books on the new website after migrating.
- Poor design choices (white background)
- The choice to merge and operate under Yahoo! Japan
- The app isn’t available overseas through official channels for those outside Japan. ebookjapan is cutting off overseas readers.
- Certain titles are not available on the app. Buying through a web browser is a method to bypass it. (A Twitter user brought this up but did not mention the title/publisher.)
These are some of the concerns raised by Twitter users.
Fingers-crossed on what the new ebookjapan will bring to readers in Japan, if not overseas!
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