Best Japanese eBooks in 2022

How to Find Japanese eBooks

Whether you're looking for light literature, or just want to expand your knowledge of Japanese culture, there are a variety of Japanese eBook formats. While MOBI is the most common, ePub, PDF, and HTML files are also widely supported. These formats are universally compatible and support almost every major reader. Apple's iBooks format is aimed more at manga and light literature, but it's still a great place to start.


To read Japanese eBooks, a Kindle is a better option than a traditional book. This is because Japanese has a number of different dialects and kanji, or symbols, that do not always make sense. The Kindle can make the process easier and save you time. The first step is to create an account on Amazon Japan, which you can do on the English website. When prompted, enter your e-mail address and select the option 'Japanese'. Once you have an account, you can use it to purchase Kindle books from Japan.

The Japanese language has a unique writing system that uses three sets of glyphs - katakana for foreign words, hiragana for main text, and kanji for the remainder of the language. The Kindle format is not the same as those used by English-speaking readers, but if you're learning the language, light novels and manga are great choices. Kindle books also come with a free sample option, which lets you read the first few pages without purchasing the whole book. This way, you can practice reading before you decide to buy a full book.

The Kindle's dictionary isn't very good, and it's difficult to find unfamiliar words with the help of this feature. If you don't have WiFi, you won't be able to use the Kindle's translate function, but you can always access the internet using your mobile data. In addition, you can look up words by using your finger to see their definitions. It's much easier to read a book on the Kindle than on a phone, and it's also much easier to carry.


Initially launching its e-reader in Canada, Kobo has now launched its Japanese edition. Founded in 2005 by Canadian book retailer Indigo, Kobo is one of the fastest-growing segments of the consumer technology industry. The market is expected to grow by 36 percent annually through 2015, and the overall size of the content market is estimated to reach US$10.6 billion by 2015.

The Canadian team has been a proactive in signing up publishers to offer their titles on the Kobo. Kobo has fewer than 20,000 titles in its Japanese ebook store when it first launched, with most of them free public domain ebooks. Kobo's team has also been aggressive in signing up new publishers. Software issues have plagued the company. While Rakuten removed a few user reviews on Kobo, the Canadian team has been proactive in signing up diverse publishers.

Amazon has yet to announce the release date of its Kindle in Japan. However, the company surprised many consumers by releasing the Kobo in Japan at a price close to the US Kindle Touch. As a result, it is competitive with the other e-readers in the country. The Kobo also offers better Japanese text support and vertical text, unlike the Kindle. The Japanese company has already sold over 100,000 devices of the e-reader.

The Kobo Japanese eBook store has the largest inventory among the three main ebookstores in Japan. The company's inventory of non-manga titles is almost one million, which is more than Amazon's inventory at launch in 2007. The Japanese e-book market is not expected to grow as quickly as the US Kindle market, which reached nearly a quarter million titles by 2008.


If you have a Sony e-reader and you'd like to buy Japanese eBooks, you're in luck. Sony has a long history of making and selling digital content. In 2012, it launched its own digital bookstore, which was available in several markets and featured bestselling titles. Like the Kobo and Amazon stores, the Sony eBook store had a web reader and dedicated apps for Android. In early February, however, Sony announced that the store was closing in all markets. Customers who had purchased eBooks from the Reader Store could still transfer their accounts to Kobo.

Sony's launch of its e-reader coincides with the launch of its digital publishing platform for comics and newspapers in Japan. The move is a bold step in taking on Apple in this country, but it has also left its footprint in North America and Europe. Sony has since partnered with Kobo, which is owned by the Japanese online retailer Rakuten. The four companies will share a 25 percent stake in the new venture, and Sony will continue to offer ebooks in Japan.

Another major move in the market is the launch of Sony eBook Library, a software program for converting popular e-book formats. While originally developed for Sony e-readers, it now supports more than 30 different types and brands of e-readers. It can also read a large variety of popular e-book formats. This gives Sony a better chance of creating a reputable eBookstore in Japan.

The PRS-600, or Pocket Edition, was launched in August 2009, and launched at the same time as the PRS-300. Both the PRS-600 and the PRS-300 share the same screen. It is Sony's most expensive device, priced at US$399, but features a 7-inch display and 16-levels of grayscale. In addition, the PRS-900 offers 3G wireless access through AT&T Mobility, similar to the Kindle whispernet. The PRS-600 features a user interface similar to the PRS-700, although the latter has a front-light and lacks MP3 audio.

East Asia Library

The East Asia Library offers a variety of Japanese eBook titles through Kinokuniya's KinoDen platform. The library has acquired sixty-one tadoku titles that are suited for students taking a Japanese language course. These titles can be found by searching for "Duo Du" in SearchWorks and unchecking the box labeled "Wei Suo Zang woHan meru." To request more tadoku titles, email Regan Murphy Kao.

The East Asia Library also has books in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. These can be found on the First Floor in the Non-English Leisure Reading Collection. The library also has rare foreign language films, such as the anime series "Sinsei."

The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of printed materials in the East Asian languages. East Asian languages are also covered in its databases. Research librarians are available at the library to answer questions. East Asian language e-books have similar limitations to English language e-books, but present unique challenges in collection management. The East Asian eBook market has grown significantly over the past few decades. The USC Libraries website lists many of these titles.

The East Asian Studies librarian Hye-jin Juhn offers research consultations for students and faculty. She can provide research assistance in a small group or classroom setting, or one-on-one. She can help narrow down the research question or develop a research plan. It is also beneficial for students to get a copy of the Japanese e-book in English to read on your own. If you're interested in finding more resources about the East Asian region, visit the East Asia Library today.

You can find more than five hundred thousand volumes of the National Diet Library's Japanese literature, newspapers, and journals. They also have full-text archives of scholarly journals, newspapers, and trade magazines. There's also a Japanese-language newspaper resource called Factiva that has more than 10,000 titles covering the period after defeat in World War II. This library is particularly helpful if you're a student studying Japanese or a teacher interested in Japanese culture.

Project Gutenberg

While Project Gutenberg is a huge resource for free ebooks, it's not suitable for every language and category of book. For example, the English-language version of the Bible is not available, nor are the complete works of Shakespeare. Although the project is dedicated to helping the world share literature, it doesn't publish many works of fiction. The site also doesn't publish books by famous authors, such as Tom Clancy or Stephen King. Instead, it promotes the creation of eBooks.

You can read Japanese books free on Project Gutenberg. The site is dedicated to public domain books, and it has a small section for Japanese eBooks. These free eBooks are in various formats, so you can read them on your tablet, smartphone, or PC. However, since the selection is quite small and the books are a few years old, they're not recommended for new readers. For older books, however, try Aozora Bunko or other Japanese eBook sites.

Other free eBooks from Project Gutenberg include classics. The Decameron, for example, is a massive work that gives a picture of medieval life. A translation of this work also contains explanatory footnotes. Other great books include a collection of Japanese fairy tales, published at the turn of the 20th century. These stories include dragons and other mythical creatures. If you enjoy reading about history and culture, you'll probably enjoy Project Gutenberg's Japanese eBooks.

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