Not a review post but to mention that the popular series by Tani Mizue is finally released digitally across various Japanese ebook retailers!!
I will go into detail about the merging of eBookJapan with Yahoo! Japan’s Bookstore (their ebook retail arm) soon.
On September 11, 2017, the eBook Initiative Japan has been incorporated into Yahoo! Group and will now require a Yahoo! Japan ID for new registrations.
Existing accounts are not affected but linking your Yahoo! Japan ID will give you an additional 1% in points when you purchase with your preferred payment method (credit card, etc). This does not apply to purchases made with points.
Since Yahoo! Japan doesn’t have an English version for their interface… I’d thought of making a guide on how to do it, step by step.
I think you should already have a basic grasp of Japanese and the different kana (hiragana, katakana), if not kanji.
Kinoppy is Kinokuniya’s ebook service and originally limited to those residing in Japan (I’m not sure whether it’s already news and I’m the one who’s late to the party 😂) is now available overseas.
According to the site, you can use foreign credit cards to purchase ebooks that are only made available for those outside Japan. This also reminds me of BookWalker, Kadokawa’s ebook retailer who also limits titles in the same way for their Japanese ebooks. (BookWalker now has a global store offering English ebook releases)
Kinoppy’s reading app is available on iOS, Android, Windows (desktop and Windows app) and Mac. Apparently, they also charge taxes/VAT for applicable countries.
This service is also not available for the following countries: South Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Russia, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia.
To be honest, I’m not sure what Kinoppy offers that would rival other ebook retailers.
Hakusensha had revamped their own ebook retail site and released an exclusive reader (they previously used Sharp’s book-in-the-box) on iOS and Android and made Shueisha’s Ribon, Margaret and Bessatsu Margaret titles available for purchase. If memory serves me right, their newsletters are interesting and also contain Q&As with manga authors. And they also accept foreign credit cards.
Guess it boils down to your preference. What device do you read on and what site is your go-to retailer for ebooks? (*‘ω‘ *)
I used to buy physical copies from Kinokuniya (they had a one to two-week waiting period for out-of-stock titles and that my twin and I pretty much ran out of physical space) but now, you can simply buy the e-book right from the Internet, wherever you are.
Some sites might give away extras like points or digital signed illustrations and occasionally the chance to participate in their raffles to get an actual signed illustration (サイン入り色紙). But you still have to have a Japanese address to receive it, haha.
Note: This post only covers what I’ve looked up as well as from personal use. If I’ve left anything out, let me know.