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Where do you guys buy your Japanese manga and light novels? Trying to learn to read Japanese right now and I want to try and supplement my "learning" with some light novels and or manga, but so far the only place I've found anything on is on Ebay which of course is expensive because it's stuff being resold and then it takes forever to arrive because of customs and the such.

So where do you guys buy your books from? I'm primarily looking for series like Date a Live, Strike the Blood, HS:DxD, and then some manga like Arpeggio of Blue steel
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Amazon if the public library doesn't have it.
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Yeah Pretty Much ^^^
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I usually buy manga used and cheap from amazon.com. Typically the only cost I really would need to worry about is the shipping.

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Amazon if the public library doesn't have it.


Sorry it posted itselft before I could finish the post. I meant Japanese ones since so many aren't translated by official things like Yen Press and the such
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Books-A-Million, Sawgrass Mills, Plantation, FL.
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usually borders or some order kind of book store sell them, but usually are outdated
or just act like the other 80% of people and just read it online illegally
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Barnes and Nobles, but it's so expensive to buy manga from there so Amazon. You can get three mangas for like $10 depending on what you're buying, plus s&h. Saves a ton of money and they come in awesome condition too.
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Guy I mean Japanese untranslated stuff like Strike the Blood and Date a Live. Things that haven't been picked up by publishing companies in the west and translated. I'm looking for online stores that deal in Japanese books not English ones
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Your best bet is probably Amazon. They have untranslated manga on the English site, and you can always browse the Japanese site.

I also found this link via a cursory Google search. It might help you.

I, personally, do not buy untranslated manga as I can't read Japanese. I buy English translations on Amazon and often come across untranslated copies.
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Barnes n Noble is the best store I have ever been to
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I'd be curious as to others' experiences in acquiring manga in Japanese, as I use manga for the same purpose (i.e. learning to read Japanese), and I'd imagine we're all more or less looking for the most reliable, economical, efficient method for getting what we want.

I use two main sources. Amazon Japan works very well particularly for sets of manga. For shipping to the United States, it used to be Y2700 for the shipment plus Y300 for each individual item, in addition to the base cost of the books themselves. The shipping is EMS and speed is pretty fast. This made buying small numbers of individual manga volumes prohibitive, but works reasonably well for sets as each set is considered but a single item; if you could dilute that Y2700 shipment fee among several sets, the mark up ended up not so bad. Recently, it seems Amazon Japan's shipping has changed: it seems to be only Y800 per shipment plus Y400 per individual item, so this is an improvement. (This is for books; other item types are subject to different rates.) One can also pre-order not-yet-released volumes from Amazon Japan. Another source I use for individual volumes (e.g. after previously buying a set of vols 1-12 on Amazon, and the 13th is now out) is Kinokuniya.com. All the books at Kinokuniya are marked up over cover price (Kinokuniya USA prices in US$), but it seems to me that it's still slightly cheaper than Amazon Japan for individual manga volumes. Shipping is a flat $8.00 unless your order is over $100, in which case it's free (so I usually accumulate a wish list and order when it exceeds $100). Kinokuniya online doesn't seem to do pre-orders. Kinokuniya does have a membership card, $25 for a year, which gets you a 10% discount across the board, and one can earn some other discounts as well. If you happen to live where there is a physical Kinokuniya bookstore location, one can pick up orders there too without paying any additional shipping.
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Amazon it saves from the embarrassment of walking up to a cashier with an erotic book or worse a stack of them.
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Amazon it saves from the embarrassment of walking up to a cashier with an erotic book or worse a stack of them.


Just go faceless. No embarrassment.
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I'd be curious as to others' experiences in acquiring manga in Japanese, as I use manga for the same purpose (i.e. learning to read Japanese), and I'd imagine we're all more or less looking for the most reliable, economical, efficient method for getting what we want.

I use two main sources. Amazon Japan works very well particularly for sets of manga. For shipping to the United States, it used to be Y2700 for the shipment plus Y300 for each individual item, in addition to the base cost of the books themselves. The shipping is EMS and speed is pretty fast. This made buying small numbers of individual manga volumes prohibitive, but works reasonably well for sets as each set is considered but a single item; if you could dilute that Y2700 shipment fee among several sets, the mark up ended up not so bad. Recently, it seems Amazon Japan's shipping has changed: it seems to be only Y800 per shipment plus Y400 per individual item, so this is an improvement. (This is for books; other item types are subject to different rates.) One can also pre-order not-yet-released volumes from Amazon Japan. Another source I use for individual volumes (e.g. after previously buying a set of vols 1-12 on Amazon, and the 13th is now out) is Kinokuniya.com. All the books at Kinokuniya are marked up over cover price (Kinokuniya USA prices in US$), but it seems to me that it's still slightly cheaper than Amazon Japan for individual manga volumes. Shipping is a flat $8.00 unless your order is over $100, in which case it's free (so I usually accumulate a wish list and order when it exceeds $100). Kinokuniya online doesn't seem to do pre-orders. Kinokuniya does have a membership card, $25 for a year, which gets you a 10% discount across the board, and one can earn some other discounts as well. If you happen to live where there is a physical Kinokuniya bookstore location, one can pick up orders there too without paying any additional shipping.


How easy is it ordering from and getting stuff shipped from Amazon Japan? Went to look at their website and it looks like they have most of what I'm looking for and like you said seems worth it if bulk order like 7 novels. So I'm thinking of going ahead and buying some stuff from them but wanted some "advice" from someone who buys from them before i go ahead and place my order.

Also random question for people that might have one. i saw a lot of the books i want at least from Amazon Japan are available in Kindle format and was wondering if anyone knew if books are region locked like say games? Silly question I know, but since I don't have a tablet and am planning on buying one was thinking I might buy a kindle if I can buy one and then buy Japanese language books. That way I can both get my tablet and the books I want without having to pay a good chunk in shipping/handling and waiting so long to get them. So yeah does anyone if I buy/have a Kindle can I just buy the Ebook version of these LNs and Manga or do I need a JP region kindle?
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