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Where next after ebookjapan? It’s BookWalker

I definitely learned several lessons when ebookjapan decided to flip the tables on us, the kind of people where you don’t live in Japan, don’t have a Japanese phone or isn’t familiar with ways to circumvent region-restrictions for apps – but still want to buy and read manga. Or if you like to read them for free (legally!).

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Where to read free Japanese manga

Popular titles are often serialised and broken down into mini or micro-chapters. It’s one way to read most chapters (if not all) of the series for free, in exchange for your time!

Not to mention a handy way to re-read familiar series or find new ones that spark your interest.

These are free-to-read promos, usually the first volume or the beginning of a series that is free.

or at any of your preferred ebook retailers!

Check out my list of ebook retailers alongside a quick breakdown of their features. If you prefer to enjoy Japanese fiction on audio, check out this post which includes Japanese audiobooks!


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Where to buy Japanese manga

Exactly where and how does one buy Japanese e-books and digital manga? A lot of Japanese publications have gone digital now so no more hefty import and shipping costs!

This post is not comprehensive and while I try to cover key points for each website listed, let me know if there’s anything else you want to know.

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Want to read free manga? Read here instead.

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Changes to new eBookJapan registrations

Note: As of Feb 28, 2019 onwards, the original eBookJapan site no longer accepts new registrations and existing users can migrate their account and books to the new website.

Note 2: The migration process has closed in May 2020 (or so).

Note 3: Japanese mobile numbers are now required if you wish to create a Yahoo! Japan account 😦 – I recommend checking BookWalker for international-friendly accessibility for manga in Japanese and English (global store).

I will go into detail about the merging of eBookJapan with Yahoo! Japan’s Bookstore (their ebook retail arm). Read it here.

This post is originally published on September 21, 2017 with major revisions made on June 13, 2019. Some revisions are still ongoing.

Contents

Page 1 This page is for existing users. Read more after the cut.
Page 2 for creating a new account.
Page 3 is how to login on Android.
Page 4 is the out-of-date guide for the now defunct eBookJapan Initiative website.

Note: This post is heavy on graphics/screenshots.

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The old eBookJapan is coming to a close

eBookJapan finally sent out that email.

June 27, 2019 is when the old site shuts down. There are still methods to continue reading what you already have.

Reminder! If there are still e-books you want to buy and it’s already released, BUY IT NOW.

New! Guide on registering/logging into the new website and Android app.

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